Last week a long-time Washington hand (former White House guy from years ago, etc.) told me that he fears that if Democrats unaccountably fall short in this election, they might launch a full scale attack on the integrity of the democratic process itself, with potentially disastrous effects for our politics. Weve already seen the set up for this, with the ridiculous charges from RFK Jr. in Rolling Stone that Bush (with Ken Blackwells help) stole Ohio in the 2004 election.
Over on Slate.com today there is this little nugget from Bruce Reed:
Ask paranoid Democrats their innermost fears going into the midterm elections, and youll hear two answers. First, that the Foley scandal will force another October surprise to come out of the Republicans closet: Osama Bin Laden. Second, that on Election Night, Diebold electronic voting machines nationwide are secretly programmed to stop counting Democratic votes as soon as Democrats pull within one seat of taking back the House or the Senate. . . Since 2004, many Democrats have become convinced that rigged voting machines in Ohio cheated John Kerry out of his chance to lose the popular vote and still win the Electoral College.
And they call themselves "the reality-based community."