Bush’s and Rove’s confidence that GOP will win next month leads the left to cooking up conspiracy theories, and a call to “take to the streets”

I was waiting for this to happen.

When I read this article from the Washington Times two days ago, where Karl Rove expressed confidence that we were going to retain the House and Senate, and this one from last Sunday where the Washington Post reported that both Bush and Rove were “upbeat” about next month’s elections, I said to myself “how long will it be before someone on the left cooks up a conspiracy theory that all this confidence means that Rove and Bush have either 1) engineered an October surprise and/or 2) gotten Diebold to ‘assure’ us that we will ‘win’ the elections next month?”

It didn’t take long. Via Lyn Davis Lear at the HuffPo (emphasis added):

All week I’ve been reading in disparate sources from Drudge to US News and World Report about Bush, Rove and Cheney being overly confident about the midterm elections. Even Republican strategists are increasingly concerned because the White House doesn’t have a plan if they lose. This lack of planning shouldn’t surprise anyone, but if you really think about it a creepy, crawly feeling grows in your gut.

Here are some questions: Are these guys simply narcissistic idiots Rove-ing around in some never-never land bubble or do they know something we don’t? Have they planned a grab bag nose punch of an October/November surprise? Or have Diebold, ES&S, and local state secretaries assured them that they will do “whatever it takes” to get a Republican Congress elected again? Or are they just planning to outspend us? Karl Rove recently told the Washington Times, “For most Americans, particularly the marginal voters who are going to determine the outcome of the election, it started a couple of weeks ago… Between now and the election we will spend $100 million in target House and Senate races in the next 21 days”. That is $30 million a week in 15 or 16 key races. Knowing this group, the answers must lie in a clever blitzkrieg [Note: Clever insertion of a Nazi reference, eh? It never fails. –ST] combo of all of the above.

When I asked Gore Vidal at dinner why the White House seemed so serene and at ease about the vote, he replied that, this time around, the Bush-Cheney henchmen could simply call on martial law. He glumly noted that we are so far down the road toward totalitarianism that, even if Democrats do win back the Congress, it would take at least two generations before the last six years of damage to the nation could be reversed. Gore frankly despaired that any amount of time could ever return the country to where and what it previously was. This prediction left me reaching for some Fernet Branca.

And her conversation with Gore Vidal has got me reaching for a gag bag. Continuing:

But whether it is hubris, loony tunes, or both, the White House’s freakish calm about the elections makes me as nervous as the hell we seem to be headed for. Therefore we should all be on alert. If for whatever reason we don’t win back Congress in November the only real answer will be to take to the streets.

Got that? It’s the same ol’ same ol’ we’ve come to expect from that far left, with the added threat of “taking to the streets” this time around if they lose. The comments section there at the moment is five pages long and counting, with a lot of ‘amens’ being thrown around amongst the choir.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, demonstrates the sheer denial of reality regarding the left more than their reactions to the last three elections they’ve lost: they were “stolen,” “rigged,” etc – can’t possibly be because Democrats have been rejected on the basis of their ideas (or lack thereof), can’t possibly be because a majority of the American people actually embraced Republican ideas, bbbbecause Americans couldn’t possibly be that stupid, could they? What the left can’t or won’t explain though, is that they haven’t just been losing elections since Bush was ELECTED President, they’ve been losing big since 1994 – but during the 1994, 96, and 98 elections we didn’t hear this massive outcry of election rigging – apparently Democrats losing elections in the 90s had nothing to do with Republicans officials acting nefariously throughout the country – and of course had nothing to do with a rejection of Democratic ideas, oh no – but once Bush came along the left finally found someone they could pin their losses on. For the party of “thinkers”, Democrats aren’t big on self-introspection – it’s always someone else’s fault.

My head hurts!One of the laughable things about the charge of Bush ‘stealing elections’ is that on one hand, the majority of the left looks at Bush as a clueless wonder, and have done so from day one. To them, he’s inept in everything he does – yet somehow “Dumbya” knows how to mastermind ‘stealing elections’! They’ve never been able to explain how on one hand he’s the world’s biggest idiot, yet on the other hand has managed to orchestrate election fraud on a widespread scale. Probably because this, like so many of their other inconsistencies, is something they can’t explain.

The “taking to the streets” angle in response is something new, though, and unlike the charge of ‘stealing elections’, it’s not laughable. The far left’s inability to accept defeat and being out of power during the Bush years via the democratic process hasn’t boiled over to massive waves of violence – yet. We may find out next month whether or not it will. Democratic websites like the HuffPo are already laying the groundwork – just in case.

Also blogging about this: Dan Riehl, Mark Noonan at B4B, Tom Elia, Blue Crab Boulevard

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210 thoughts on “Bush’s and Rove’s confidence that GOP will win next month leads the left to cooking up conspiracy theories, and a call to “take to the streets”

  1. Chip wrote, “Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism

    Dissent with lies is the lowest.

    Chip wrote, “When we win, we will hold YOUR party accountable for running roughshod over the Constitution.

    I’m sorry. What specifically is [our] party accountable for running roughshod over the Constitution?

    Chip wrote, “your party manufactured lies and broke international law.

    What did lies did [our] party manufacture and which international laws were broken? Cite specifics please. General innuendo and accusations aren’t helping anyone here.

    Chip laughingly wrote, “You all continue to turn a blind eye to the fact that thousands of Americans were denied the priviledge and right to vote in 2004.

    Because it isn’t true. But wait. I’ll give you an opportunity to give us the names of the thousands of Americans who were denied. If you do that I’ll join your cause !!!! There were black organizations who have dismissed these claims. They did the due diligence.

    Chip in bullying fashion wrote, “It’s just a matter of time before the misdeeds of your party catch up with you. Your bully tactics can only go so far before you fall flat on your face.

    I’m sorry. Seems we are being accused of committing crimes by you untruthfully. I’ll refer to you in mirror fashion as the bully. Now we are debating huh.

    Chip wrote, “I’m so glad I switched from being a Republican six years ago. I could see the forest through the trees. You all are too insular and misinformed to see the truth.

    Same year as Jumpin Jeffords. What happened that year that caused you to jump? The tax cut talk? The recession that started without having had any Bush tax cuts implemented yet?

    Chip wrote, “You all are too insular and misinformed to see the truth.

    I’ve read 1,000’s of pages of info since the year 1991 when I switched from liberalism to libertarianism and now to the more centrist conservativism. In 1991 I went to the library 3 times a week for a year and shed all the misinformation I was brainwashed with like you. The drive-by legacy media adds to confusion. They don’t give perspective or ad clarity.

    It’d be nice instead of making accusations you asked questions about what we believe instead of thinking the worst based on conversation you see at leftist blogs…..

  2. Specifics.

    OK, first we’ll start with voter suppression in the 2000 election. In Florida several thousand voters were inaccuratly marked as “Felons” and could not vote. ChoicePoint was the company who compiled the scrub list of voters and identified 58,000 felons. However, 15 percent of those listed were not felons at all. As a result many voters were turned down at the polls. ChoicePoint was hired by Katheryn Harris, who was chairing George Bush’s Florida campaign in 2000, to compile the scrub list. The owner of the company had contributed $100,000 to the Republican campaign. Other owners of the company have ties to the Republican party.

    I can’t give you names of the affected voters. Ask one of your Republican friends who are in with ChoicePoint. They have access to the list.

    Voter suppression has a history of affecting low-income people who historically vote democratic. It’s even happening in the 2006 election where stiff new voter laws are preventing low-income people from voting. It’s a prime example of disenfranchisement strategies put in place by republican strategists.

    For example in Georgia, voters must now present a Driver’s License or State ID that is only available from Georgia Dept of Motor Vehicle Offices. But the thing is, two-thirds of the counties in Georgia don’t even have a DMV office. This makes it difficult for low-income and older residents to obtain an ID to vote. Many won’t even vote as a result.

    In the 2000 election polling places in lower income areas of New Orleans snaked around buildings because those polling places weren’t adequatly staffed.

    In the 2004 election a Republican National Committee contractor hired Sproul and Associates to handle registration forms. However, they were caught and convicted of destroying forms filled out by voters registering as Democrats.

    I could go on and on with tons of examples of voter dissenfranchisement that some folks on this blog seem to dismiss as “Leftist Conspiracy Theories”. The fact is Republican special interests are conspiring to deny Americans the right to vote. I can’t see how you all can gloss over this.

    Here in Maryland, just this week, a GOP voting manual is telling Republicans at the polls to challenge voters they feel are not eligible to vote.

    As they say, desperate times call for desperate measures.

    As far as specifics on Bush breaking the law to trample on our civil rights. I can have a field day on that one with plenty of examples of how he is abusing his power. More on that later.


  3. You started with the voter suppression. You mean the networks calling Florida early for the Democrats when the Panhandle hadn’t finished voting… and throwing out oversees military votes at a whim. I’m glad you brought that up Chip!!! Thanks for reminding me. Whatever….

    Let’s see 15% of 58,000 is about 8700 and you can’t identify who each of those 8700 would’ve voted for… But you can smear the Secretary of the State at the time because she supposedly hired them even though that office employs thousands of employees and contracts are awarded by that office all the time. You are a smear machine. Cool.

    BTW, I have a business and I have a contract with the state of CA and I’m registered Republican and I’ve shaken the hands of Tom McClintock. I suppose I’m shady and shouldn’t provide services to the state of CA anymore.. Let’s start with the witchhunts. It’s Halloween and there’s a lot of witches… That’s all McCarthyism btw.

    Chip wrote, “For example in Georgia, voters must now present a Driver’s License or State ID that is only available from Georgia Dept of Motor Vehicle Offices.

    Oh the horrors… You know that an absentee ballot can be obtained by phone and you don’t need to xerox an id and put it in your absentee ballot. You only need to prove you are a legal. Non-citizens vote rampantly here in CA. If it weren’t for Arnold’s star power Democrats would have a lock.

    Chip stated, “In the 2000 election polling places in lower income areas of New Orleans snaked around buildings because those polling places weren’t adequatly staffed.

    This is nobody’s fault but their own. Here in CA I have volunteered for a polling place in 1994. It was adequately staffed. You volunteer you get adequate staffing. You don’t volunteer you don’t get adequate staffing. Wouldn’t you FAULT the Democrat machine in New Orleans for this problem? Since they vote Democrat to the tune of 80%+ why is it ANYONE else’s fault? New Orleans has the system they made and voted for and created and volunteered for (or didn’t).

    You go on with a list as if they were linked episodic things based on some conspiracy. There are Democrat and Republican cowards and thugs and nobody is saying that elections are perfect. Touchscreens, punch cards, scan ballots all have a slight percentage of misvoting. I’m glad there are people being prosecuted and convicted for destroying forms. To act like it’s an exclusive Republican thing is propaganda at it’s finest and you my coposter are either dishonest or ignorant. I’ll take that back if you correct yourself.

    You sound desperate.

    Yes. I bet you can have a field day with Bush breaking the laws and trampling our our civil rights. I’m sure you have people knocking on your door right now with what you wrote. You better watch out!!!


  4. I have to laugh at the so called Republicans, who are outraged and will vote straight Democrat. Anyone with half a brain can see you are Democrats posing as Republicans. The most amusing thing is the Democrats are running conservative candidates. A philosophy their party leadership has no respect for. As for the election, Democrats will probably win the house Republicans the Senate. A split congress.

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  6. Hi Baklava,

    Today’s election hasn’t changed my mind about Republican thug tactics. I’ve seen it first hand working at the polls today. The Ehrlich/Steele Republican campaign for governor and senate race in Maryland is distributing their version of an “Official” Democratic ballot which is designed to confuse voters. They picture Prince Georges County Executive, Democrat Jack Johnson, who is running unapposed on the cover claiming he is endorsing Steele, who is running against Democrat Ben Cardin for Senate. When in fact Jack Johnson isn’t endorsing him at all. There is a story in the Washington Post today about the flyer and Jack Johnson is fuming mad about being on the flyer without his permission and even more angry that he is misquoted as endorsing Steele. What’s worse is they are recruiting college kids from across the country to push these flyers at the polls. The college girl working at our poll today is from Texas. They dropped her off in this big white Ford van at 7:00 am with a bag of these fraudulent flyers and told her they would pick her up at 8:00 pm tonight. 13 hours with no breaks or substitutes. They even treat their own poll workers like trash. We set her straight on what the Republican party was doing and showed her the Washington Post article saying the Republican Party produced this “Official Democratic Sample Ballot” to misleed unsuspecting voters. She’s from Texas. She doesn’t know who is who around here. They just drop her off and tell her to distribute lies.

    I have to give them credit for their creativity. All this misleading propaganda apparently works. In Tennessee the rascist ads benefitting Republican Bob Corker will probably help him win that Senate seat.

    Like I said, the Republican Bully and Thug tactic continue.


  7. Oh Puh-leeeease!

    While I will admit republicans have their share of issues and tactics that would be considered wrong, or sometimes unethical, when compared to Democrats and how they operate, they come out looking like Angels in comparison.

    When is the last time you heard a republican shoot a candidate worker? You didn’t, it was a Democrat.

    Trash Military offices? Vandalize cars? Slash tires? Threaten voters? Intimidate voters? ect….

    We have posted before PROOF and articles concerning DEMOCRATS activities in all those areas. Meanwhile you complain about some republican dropping a helper off to distribute pamphlets?

    While i don’t think they should be operating alone, especially on how Democrats like to gang up on idividual republicans to shout them down or intimidate them, this person was obviously a volunteer. Again, while I don’t think she was or should have been alone, to compare this to what has been done by Democrats is laughable.

  8. Ah, so Chip defines printing an ad with misinformation in it as “bully and thug tactics”. Interesting new way to turn the English language on its head, but not unexpected from the party that can argue over the meaning of what the word “is” means.

    Actually, sanity’s right…when I think of thugs, I think of physical violence against people and property, which is the exclusive domain of the Dems.

    But let us stay on point! Since Chip is soooooo upset about misinformation in ads, let’s all run over to the threads about the MJ Fox ads, and let’s all read how Chip objected to that bit of dishonesty in advertising.

    Or how about the thread on the Josh Lansdale ad by the McCaskill campaign, and the lies in that one. Let’s go see how Chip tore into the Dems on that.

    Or maybe the thread on the dishonest Vanity Fair article. Betcha Chip really gave them hell there, huh?

    Hmmmm….what’s this?? :-\

    Hey….Sis, did you delete all of Chip’s remarks on those threads?? Cause for some reason I can’t seem to find anything from him there. Wonder why…. :o

  9. Can I ask something here??

    In the 2000 election polling places in lower income areas of New Orleans snaked around buildings because those polling places weren’t adequatly staffed.

    How is this George Bush’s fault?? If anyone Al Gore and Bill Clinton should be charged for this. They were in charge in 2000. Also since New Orleans is a very heavy Dem area, how is this an example of Rep Thuggery?? – Lorica

  10. Lorica – how many times do you have to be told not to apply logic and common sense when the Dems are making absurd charges?

    Did you learn nothing from John Kerry’s Cambodian Christmas??

    (after all, he still has the magic hat, he says) :)

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