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Smooth Jazz

Welcome to the Blogosphere Tucker - It's great to see BC04 actively engaged on the internet.

When I heard that the Dems were paying people to register voters in OH, I could see fraud waiting to happen. Nothing generates the potential for nefarious activity more than money, and when I heard about that crack for registration story in one OH country, my fears were reinforced.

I was therefore very glad to see the article below in the NY Times this morning. It has become apparent that the Dems have launched a massive effort to take OH, including using all fraudulent means possible, and it is very gratifying to see the GOP counterattack - And there is no better way to counterattack than to have election monitors on the lookout for frauds.

If anything, this will insure long lines in Dem counties and may have the effect of weeding out the frauds from the lines if they have to wait in excesssively long lines AND have to risk getting caught. Hopefully, many people on these lines will just head home.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/23/politics/campaign/23vote.html?hp&ex=1098590400&en=b3506ec97533d07e&ei=5094&partner=homepage

New York Times
October 23, 2004
By MICHAEL MOSS

Big G.O.P. Bid to Challenge Voters at Polls in Key State

Republican Party officials in Ohio took formal steps yesterday to place thousands of recruits inside polling places on Election Day to challenge the qualifications of voters they suspect are not eligible to cast ballots.

Party officials say their effort is necessary to guard against fraud arising from aggressive moves by the Democrats to register tens of thousands of new voters in Ohio, seen as one of the most pivotal battlegrounds in the Nov. 2 elections.

Election officials in other swing states, from Arizona to Wisconsin and Florida, say they are bracing for similar efforts by Republicans to challenge new voters at polling places, reflecting months of disputes over voting procedures and the anticipation of an election as close as the one in 2000.

Ohio election officials said they had never seen so large a drive to prepare for Election Day challenges. They said they were scrambling yesterday to be ready for disruptions in the voting process as well as alarm and complaints among voters. Some officials said they worried that the challenges could discourage or even frighten others waiting to vote.

Ohio Democrats were struggling to match the Republicans' move, which had been rumored for weeks. Both parties had until 4 p.m. to register people they had recruited to monitor the election. Republicans said they had enlisted 3,600 by the deadline, many in heavily Democratic urban neighborhoods of Cleveland, Dayton and other cities. Each recruit was to be paid $100.

The Democrats, who tend to benefit more than Republicans from large turnouts, said they had registered more than 2,000 recruits to try to protect legitimate voters rather than weed out ineligible ones.

Republican officials said they had no intention of disrupting voting but were concerned about the possibility of fraud involving thousands of newly registered Democrats.

"The organized left's efforts to, quote unquote, register voters - I call them ringers - have created these problems," said James P. Trakas, a Republican co-chairman in Cuyahoga County.

Both parties have waged huge campaigns in the battleground states to register millions of new voters, and the developments in Ohio provided an early glimpse of how those efforts may play out on Election Day.

Ohio election officials said that by state law, the parties' challengers would have to show "reasonable" justification for doubting the qualifications of a voter before asking a poll worker to question that person. And, the officials said, challenges could be made on four main grounds: whether the voter is a citizen, is at least 18, is a resident of the county and has lived in Ohio for the previous 30 days.

Elections officials in Ohio said they hoped the criteria would minimize the potential for disruption. But Democrats worry that the challenges will inevitably delay the process and frustrate the voters.

"Our concern is Republicans will be challenging in large numbers for the purpose of slowing down voting, because challenging takes a long time,'' said David Sullivan, the voter protection coordinator for the national Democratic Party in Ohio. "And creating long lines causes our people to leave without voting.''

The Republican challenges in Ohio have already begun. Yesterday, party officials submitted a list of about 35,000 registered voters whose mailing addresses, the Republicans said, were questionable. After registering, they said, each of the voters was mailed a notice, and in each case the notice was returned to election officials as undeliverable.

In Cuyahoga County alone, which includes the heavily Democratic neighborhoods of Cleveland, the Republican Party submitted more than 14,000 names of voters for county election officials to scrutinize for possible irregularities. The party said it had registered more than 1,400 people to challenge voters in that county.

Among the main swing states, only Ohio, Florida and Missouri require the parties to register poll watchers before Election Day; elsewhere, party observers can register on the day itself. In several states officials have alerted poll workers to expect a heightened interest by the parties in challenging voters. In some cases, poll workers, many of them elderly, have been given training to deal with any abusive challenging.

Mr. Trakas, the Republican co-chairman in Cuyahoga County, said the recruits would be equipped with lists of voters who the party suspects are not county residents or otherwise qualified to vote.

The recruits will be trained next week, said Mr. Trakas, who added that he had not decided whether to open the training sessions to the public or reporters. Among other things, he said, the recruits will be taught how to challenge mentally disabled voters who are assisted by anyone other than their legal guardians. In previous elections, he said, bus drivers who had taken group-home residents to polling places often helped them vote.

Reno Oradini, the Cuyahoga County election board attorney, said a challenge would in effect create impromptu courts at polling places as workers huddled to resolve a dispute and cause delays in voting. He said he was working with local election officials to find ways of preventing disruptions that could drive away impatient voters and reduce turnout.

State law varies widely on voter challenges. In Colorado, challenged voters can sign an oath that they are indeed qualified to vote; voters found to have lied could be prosecuted, but their votes would still be counted. In Wisconsin, it is the challenger who must sign an oath stating the grounds for a challenge.

"You need personal knowledge," said Kevin J. Kennedy, executive director of the Wisconsin State Elections Board. "You can't say they don't look American or don't speak English."

National election officials said yesterday that Election Day challenging had been done only sporadically by the parties over the years, mainly in highly contested races. In the bitterly contested 2000 presidential election, they said, challenges occurred mainly after Election Day.

The preparations for widespread challenging this year have alarmed some election officials.

"This creates chaos and confusion in the polling site," said R. Doug Lewis, executive director of the Election Center, an international association of election officials. But, he said, "most courts say it's permissible by state law and therefore can't be denied."

In Ohio, Republicans sought to play down any concern that their challenging would be disruptive.

"I suspect there will be challenges," said Robert T. Bennett, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. "But by and large, people will move through quickly. We want to make sure every eligible voter votes." He added, "99.9 percent will fly right by."

Challengers on both sides said they were uncertain about what to expect. Georgiana Nye, 56, a Dayton real estate broker who was registered by the Republicans as a challenger, said she wanted to help prevent fraud and would accept the $100 for the 13 hours of work and training.

For the Democrats in Dayton, Ronald Magoteaux, 57, a mechanical engineer, said he agreed to be a poll watcher out of concern for new voters. "I think it's sick that these Republicans are up to dirty tricks at the polls," Mr. Magoteaux said. "I believe thousands of votes were lost in 2000, and I want to make sure that doesn't happen in Ohio."

Democrats said they were racing to match the Republicans, precinct by precinct. In some cities, like Dayton, they registered more challengers than the Republicans, election officials said. But in Cuyahoga County, where the Republicans said they had registered 1,436 people to challenge voters, or one in every precinct, Democrats said they had signed up only about 300.

The parties are also preparing to battle over voter qualifications in Florida, where they had until last Tuesday to register challengers. In Fort Myers, Republicans named 100 watchers for the county's 171 precincts, up from 60 in 2000. But Democrats registered 300 watchers in the county, a sixfold increase.


Nader Loses Ohio Ballot Bid

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 22 (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court on Friday rejected an effort by Ralph Nader to get his name on the ballot, most likely ending his chances in the state for the Nov. 2 election.

Mr. Nader wanted the court to force election boards to review their voter registration lists, a process he said could have led to the validation of petitions to place him on the ballot. The court ruled 6-1 against him.


James Dao contributed reporting from Ohio for this article, and Ford Fessenden and Anthony Smith from New York.

Jarred Fishman

Hello Sir- Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the President. Many of us here remember the campaign going to California in the last week of the 2000 campaign, then taking off the final weekend as we blew a three point lead. Trying to win Michigan is probably a useless tilt at windmills- shouldn't we be focusing on Ohio and Florida rather than just closely losing in PA and Minnesota?

Tom-NC

Hi Tucker,
I'm glad I found your blog site. I enjoy watching your appearances on TV. You are great in representing President Bush.
Do you think the President may make a last minute campaign stop to help put Richard Burr over the top in the US Senate race vs. Erskine Bowles? In 1972 President Nixon did this, and it helped elect Jesse Helms to the Senate.
May God bless President Bush during the final days of the campaign!!!

LibraryLady

I remember a few months ago when many were calling for President Bush to drop Cheney from the ticket. After seeing Liz Cheney with Paula Zahn on Town Hall (and again this morning on CNN), I only wish she were able to be on every talk show. What a wonderful representative she makes for the campaign. The obvious love and respect she has for her sister destroys Elizabeth Edward's ridiculous remark. What happened to Ms. Edwards anyway? We need to GOTV, watch for dirty tricks and not get complacent. 4 MORE YEARS!!

GOP Sailor

Question for Tucker or anyone else with some insight. Is it feasible that BUSH could win the popular vote by 2+ points and lose the electoral college. I have heard Dick Morris say on numerous occassions that anything more than a 1/2 point delta would make it impossible, yet it seems to be all the media buss these last few days.

As a side note, I'm off to Afghanistan in a week, I only hope the DEMS will allow my absentee ballot to be counted.

Ralph Miller

I'm not sure I really like the new "Red" ad with Kerry. It's too much, I think. I would prefer to see the President.

Smooth Jazz

WORLD LEADERS LINE UP IN SUPPORT OF W...And, oh yeah, I'm still waiting for any reputable foreign leader to show for Plan Man, other than: Kim Jung Il, Yasser Arafet, the anti-semitic PM of Malaysia, Abu Zaqarwi & the remnants of the Al Queda leadership, Fidel Castro, and, last but not least, Jacque "UN bribing" Chirac.

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/10/23/101000.shtml

Newsmax
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004 10:08 a.m. EDT
World Leaders Endorse Bush

John Kerry boasted earlier this year that he's met with a number of world leaders who are secretly rooting for him to defeat George Bush on Nov. 2.

But in an unprecedented series of announcements in recent days, most U.S. allies are lining up behind Bush - with Kerry garnering the backing of several of America's most outspoken antagonists. • Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said earlier this month that he wanted to see Bush "carry on" in his role of leader on the war on terror, with his chief deputy, Secretary General Tsutomu Takebe, explaining, "It would mean trouble if it is not President Bush. Mr Kerry is trying to address the North Korean problem bilaterally. That is totally out of the question."

• Australian Prime Minister John Howard said last week, "I certainly think George Bush has given great leadership to the world fight against terrorism. I think he's been a very strong leader in that fight," Howard added. "I hope he wins."

• Russian President Vladimir Putin offered what the Moscow press called a "ringing endorsement" for Bush at a confernce in Tajikistan last week, explaining, "International terrorists have set as their goal inflicting the maximum damage to Bush, to prevent his election to a second term. If they succeed in doing that, they will celebrate a victory over America and over the entire anti-terror coalition."

Putin offered his endorsement despite his continuing opposition to the Iraq war.

• Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Friday, "We hope and believe that the next president will again be Bush," while campaigning for Italian local elections in southern Italy.

• Prime Minister Tony Blair has issued no formal endorsement for Bush, but his government agreed on Thursday to a controversial U.S. request to transfer 850 British soldiers from southern Iraq to the Baghdad area to free American forces for new offensives against insurgents.

Meanwhile, John Kerry has won expressions of support from North Korea, Cuba and the Palestinian Authority, with the governments of Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schroeder believed to be quietly hoping he wins.

Murray Silver

I notice with great interest that democrats are registering CONVICTED FELONS TO VOTE. I know the law varies from State to State, however it certainly is worthy of a careful inspection of the voting records in EACH STATE!

SHERRY

IS KERRY'S GOOSE COOKED ?

Dana Waterton

Uniting our insight and wisdom is good. The way John Kerry is attacking our country as a whole is remindful of his past. "...can a leopard change his spots?" the Bible asks.

No...a leopard cannot. Some people are also just who they are...so beware. Words are many and plans are obscure when John Kerry speaks...use your mind and check him out.

There is an epilogue to the book, "Unfit for COMMAND" you must read these 49 pages....its in the wintersoldier.com web

GOP Sailor

BUSH ahead in Hawaii - wow, this is a fun election!

David Luken

What is it about inflicting agony and death on an innocent creature that makes it a "guy" thing? We no longer live on the frontier. Being a good citizen, providing for your family and supporting your friends are "guy" things. Blasting a beautiful bird out of the sky demands drugs and therapy.

Marian

Group Accuses Boston Mosque of Radicalism:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,135844,00.html

This story causes me great concern as I work in Boston and live not too far away. Has anyone heard Senator Kerry address the issue of possible terrorists in his own "back yard"?

Keith Sparbanie

I think a funny, hip, clever, effective way to reach younger voters would be an ad that is a parody of Brad Pitt's "rules of Fight Club" from the film,"Fight Club."

Some suggestions:


Step aside, Brad Pitt.

From Campaign 2004...

THE NEW RULES OF FIGHT CLUB

1st RULE: You do not vote for John Kerry.

2nd RULE: You DO NOT vote for John Kerry.

3rd RULE: If someone says "Halliburton" or "illegal war", or "No
WMD's"... reply "WTC 9/11!"

4th RULE: Only two national radio conservative talk shows worth listening to: Sean
Hannity; The Savage Nation

5th RULE: One network to watch for campaign coverage: Fox News.

6th RULE: No distinguished Senate record, no Presidency for John Kerry.

7th RULE: The War on Terror will go on as long as necessary.

8th RULE: If this is your first time registered to vote, you HAVE to
vote for GEORGE W. BUSH

Jennifer

I like the wolves ad too, particularly sinces it raises the connotation of "the boy who cried wolf" as President Bush did on the subject of the Iraqi "threat". I hope they run it in heavy rotation, certainly it will help shore up the base among Bush supporters who fear large dogs.

Renee

Here is letter I sent to Mr. Kerry in regard to his comments on President Bush and the flu vaccination. Enjoy!

Renee

10/04
Mr. Kerry,

I must say that I am rather disappointed in your view of the voters. It is rather obvious to my-self and many other acquaintances that the American voters, in your mind have no intelligence.

I am referring to you attacking President Bush about the lack of Flu vaccinations. You see, President Bush has no control over that, the same way President Clinton had no control over the shortages when he was President. The vaccines were made over-seas, and it is not President Bush's fault that so much of the vaccine became contaminated, just like it wouldn't be your fault if you were president.

I am appalled by your comments, because it shows the American people that you do not respect their intelligence. I am an EMT and ride with 2 different ambulance agencies, as a volunteer. I have chosen to for go my vaccination this year, along with many of my comrades, for those in more need; the elderly, sick and children 6mos to 3 years old.

My question to you is this...

Did you and your family give up your vaccinations this year, for the good of those Americans in need? My guess would be no. Stop grabbing at straws Senator Kerry and stick to the facts, not what you think will get you the votes. The American people see, hear and read the news several times a day. We also remember the history of past Presidents fairly well and know some things are beyond a President's control.

ed

puppies!

Go-W

I live in GWB's "must win" Ohio--in Dublin just outside Columbus. To pick up undecideds and switch already committed Dems to our side, ALL the ads you run from now on must be POSITIVE, ala Ashley--no more negatives. Kerry has been fully exposed as the fraud he truly is, most of it of his own doing. Voters must see only GWB up close and personal. The look-you-straight-in-the-eye, caring, resolute and honest President he truly is. Arnold's visit next week will help the cause. Taft has become a liability and shouldn't be seen. He's inflicted most of our economic problems on us. And our 2 senators, both Republicans, appear to be acting more as independents. Our world-class First Lady should be the only other person on the podium; she's a tremendous asset.

GWB must and will win Ohio by staying on the high ground. Kerry and his den of thieves wouldn't know how to get there because they've never been there before.

God-speed GWB!!

Cheri

Tucker: I think one of the Prez's shining moments during the debates was when he was asked about the strong women in his life. He clearly loves and respects Laura and the girls (which he learned from his Mama!), but I seem to have a slight memory of Kerry having his first marriage annulled so that he and Mrs. Heinz could marry in the Catholic church, which would make his two daughters from that marriage illegitamate, or whatever the Catholic term for that might be. Do you know if this is true? I think the female vote (which the Prez needs) would be highly offended by a man that would dump a millionairess and annull a marriage that resulted in two children (which he didn't mind using for hamster stories), to marry a billionairess who obviously cared more about the appearance of her marriage than her soon to be step-daughters.

Dude

The "wolves" ad is lame. They look too cute. My friends son asked if he could get a dog after he saw it. A bear is one thing, like in the Reagan ad, but a cute wolf? It's looks like one of those Shell Gasoline environmental commercials where they try to convince people they aren't actually fucking up the environment.

Here little puppy, here little puppy.

RIslander

"And creating long lines causes our people to leave without voting." Really? Long lines only have an affect on Democratic voters? Now I know why our Dem friends have so many problems when voting - THEY HAVE NO PATIENCE! Lacking patience, they vote for the first name they come to. Chads weren't the problem, it was all about patience. Oh, yeah, and being in a rush to get to the post office to make sure those absentee ballots got mailed up north.

To be serious, though, I suppose those Democrats who would leave without voting are doing so for one of two reasons. The first being that they might actually be illegal voters and are afraid of being caught. The second reason being that they are, yes, still illegal voters, but they are in a rush to vote at one of the other locations they are scheduled to vote at on election day.

So many votes to cast and so little time to do it in.

Trust me, if Kerry loses in areas where the Dems have flooded the place with illegal voters, the Dems will be the first ones to bring up the illegal voters. They will either say that they were innocent folks who were initmidated into not voting, or, that they were illegal voters who voted for the Bush team. Either way, the song will be sung.


Tamra

Thank you for representing Bush with such suavity and good humor. I've been consumed in awe with Sen. Bill Frist's analysis of Kerry's idea of a "Health Care Plan"...Frist says Kerry "has a $1.5 trillon big government health plan that will put 80% of those covered on Medicaid, will raise taxes an average of $969 per year per family, and will vastly expand the role of government in your health care decisions." I knew Kerry had socialist views, but this is ludicrous. Can anyone think of where Kerry can put his "Health Care Plan" and $1,000 tax increase?

Phil Coffman

Just a little humor today. Kerry's problem has been diagnosed. He's been taking viagra and a laxative at the same time. Doesn't know whether he's coming or going.

I had a bumper sticker made that reads: Kerry/Edwards=Slick and Slicker.

Julie

I loved the wolf ad, but it does leave too much room a counter attack. We need more positive emotional ads like the "Ashley" production. Let Kerry bury himself in his canned attacks. Has anyone seen Lawrence O'Donnell on Scarborough this week? How bout an anger/hatefilled ad featuring ol Larry blathering and screaming about "simple-minded Christians" and Lying liars and the lying Swift-boat Veterans telling them. What a tirade the likes, outside of Michael Moore, I have never seen. This has been quite a week with Scarborough, but I have decided to tune out as long as they feature O'Donnell. Thanks for the new Blog. Go W....four more years

Julie
Dahlonega, GA

Pam

Moms support George W. Bush:

In declaring ourselves ‘Security Moms for Bush’ we affirm that ours is a society that treasures its children. Though we may have deeply held differences on how to best protect them there is also much that unites our thinking. We firmly believe, morally and historically, that President Bush has the right vision for moving this country forward economically, socially and globally.

September 11th, 2001 shattered our sense of security. We as a nation and as a world experienced the horror of terror waged against the US by those who would deliberately turn commercial planes into missiles targeted against innocent men, women and children. Terrorism is the calculated strategy of deliberately and violently targeting civilians for political gain. Clearly, this message was brought to our shores on 9/11.

On September 04, 2004 the world recoiled at the shocking images of a booby trapped Russian school. Innocent children were being shot in the back while running for their lives when they should have been returning to the routine of a safe, secure school day. Again, the example can not be made more clear.

We assert that terrorism is not rooted in the scourges of hunger, poverty or oppression. Many suffer under these burdens yet do not advance their ideological or political cause with murder and intimidation. The leaders and architects of radical Islamic terrorism are the wealthy and educated. The freedoms accessible to them are the very ones they would steal from us and deny their own countrymen. They are motivated by hatred which is steeped in an ideology of unrelenting intolerance and is supported and perpetrated by a culture that refuses self-examination.

Terrorism and its practitioners and supporters cannot be legitimized with a chair at the negotiating table. History is clear on this point: “Peace in our time” has not and can not be achieved through negotiation with nor appeasement of the purveyors of evil. True justice depends on a moral clarity that understands a terror leader can not simultaneously wear the hat of a statesman.

We can not delude ourselves that the terrorists met their just and total end in Afghanistan. They operate with impunity in totalitarian regimes and in the shadowy underworld with those who take advantage of open societies. Our resolve to destroy the enemy wherever they are must be unwavering. Acquiescence to terrorism is a failure for humanity.

It’s been said that terrorists need only be right once but our leaders must be right hundred percent of the time. Those are daunting odds and the stakes are high – the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. A leader must first understand the nature of the threat, define the source then act responsibly to eradicate the threat and protect its citizens. Only a leader whose decisions and actions are informed by the existence of right and wrong, good and evil can have the vision to pursue policies that provide protection for its citizens at home and abroad, respect for those with whom we have legitimate differences and support for freedom from tyranny for all people.

President George W. Bush has demonstrated the strength of conviction, moral clarity, singleness of purpose and the personal and political courage to make the difficult decisions for our country to exist as a free society. He’s strengthened old alliances, forged new ones, and been resolute against nations and organizations not vested in our success. It’s instructive that countries most recently liberated from the boot of Soviet communism apprehend the necessity of defeating terrorism and unequivocally support our efforts in words and deeds.

The President bears an awesome responsibility to his fellow Americans and that responsibility has required him to send our sons and daughters into battle. No leader of a free society can make this grave decision without the conviction his actions are necessary, the goal is clear, and options have been exhausted. The calculations of war are profound, but our president has made these calculations only when the cost of doing nothing is far greater.

For too many generations we have had to defend our freedom, families and way of life and our military and their families have always met the challenge. Our nation’s gratitude has no measure for their sacrifices. We honor them for their service, pray for them in these anxious hours and share their loss as if our own. But without the resolve to finish the task we cannot ask more and we will fail. The words of President Abraham Lincoln have stood the test of time and are as true now as then.

“It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
-President Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg

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