It’s “stolen election” preparation time in the mainstream media

Remember last year prior to the elections when I blogged about how the media was laying the groundwork to be able to blame a potentially lost election for Democrats on “stolen elections”?

Well, because Democrats won the elections last year, we didn’t hear much of anything from liberals about voter fraud because when liberals win of course that means voter fraud is supposedly no longer a problem – in fact the media has tried since then to actually downplay instances of voter fraud in an effort, I think, to give the 2006 elections more legitimacy than they’ve ever given the President and Republicans during the 2000, 2002, and 2004 elections.

Today, I see the liberal McClatchy news outlet is already starting to fan the flames and lay the groundwork for next year’s elections, in case a Democrat doesn’t win the WH:

WASHINGTON — Ohio and Florida, which provided the decisive electoral votes for President Bush’s two razor-thin national election triumphs, have enacted laws that election experts say will help Republicans impede Democratic-leaning minorities from voting in 2008.

Backers of the new laws say they’re aimed at curbing vote fraud. But the statutes also could facilitate a controversial Republican tactic known as “vote caging,” which the GOP attempted in Ohio and Florida in 2004 before public disclosures foiled the efforts, said Joseph Rich, a former Justice Department voting rights chief in the Bush administration who’s now with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

Caging, used in the past to target poor minorities in heavily Democratic precincts, entails sending mass mailings to certain voters and then using the undelivered letters to compile lists of voters for eligibility challenges.

As the high-stakes ground war escalates heading into next year’s elections, Republicans have led the charge for an array of revisions to state voting rights laws, especially in key battleground states. Republican political appointees in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division have endorsed some of these measures.

Over the last three years, the Republican-controlled state legislatures in Indiana, Georgia, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have passed laws requiring every voter to produce a photo identification card — measures that civil rights groups contend were aimed at suppressing minority voting.

Gasp! Showing ID before you vote to prove you’re who you say you are? How racist!

Just watch: Next year, if the Republican nominee wins, you’ll hear non-stop coverage and accusations of voter fraud from both the media and their Democrat pals, and specifically the accusations will be about Republicans “suppressing” the black vote and speculation as to “why” (Bob Herbert may even appear on several newscasts giving his “expert” opinion). If the Dem nominee wins, you’ll hear nothing other than how “remarkably smooth and problem-free” voting went in most states.

It never ends.

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