Election day excuse watch: If Democrats don’t win, it’s because the black vote was suppressed

Election 2006While some Democrats are already pre-celebrating “victory” on election day, the MSM continues to churn its excuse-making machine in case Democrats happen to lose (aka not regain control of Congress) the election. I documented in this post and this one news articles where the MSM has gone through great lengths in order to point out the ‘rampant’ issues with voting machines, ballots, etc that may cause ‘potential’ problems on election day.

The NYT provides us with today’s example. First, note the headline, which is misleading:

Democrats Fear Disillusionment in Black Voters

When I first read that headline, I thought “wow – the NYT is actually printing an in depth story on how black voters have become disenfranchised with the Democratic party so much so in the last several years that more and more of them are registering as Independents rather than Democrats.” I should have known, though, that it was too good to be true. The topic of the article (emphasis added):

But despite a generally buoyant Democratic Party nationally, there are worries among Democratic strategists in some states that blacks may not turn up at the polls in big enough numbers because of disillusionment over past shenanigans.


Voting experts say the disillusionment is the cumulative effect of election problems in 2000 and 2004, and a reaction to new identification and voter registration laws.

Long lines and shortages of poll workers in lower-income neighborhoods in the 2004 election and widespread reports of fliers with misinformation appearing in minority areas have also had a corrosive effect on confidence, experts say.

How could this affect black turnout?

The harder question is whether this jaded outlook will diminish turnout.

Recent polls have found record levels of outrage from Democrats about the current political leadership, which may offset the effect of black disillusion.

Translation: If the Democrats win, it’ll be in spite of black Democratic voter disillusionment over “past shenanigans” and worries that their vote will be suppressed. If they lose, it will be because black Democratic voters are jaded over “past shenanigans” and think their vote will be suppressed.

Thomas Lifson at the American Thinker is on the same page:

Blame low black turnout on “shenanigans” (implying GOP culpability) in past voting “problems”. Long lines at polling places with large numbers of black voters are the responsibility of local election officials, mostly Democrats in heavily black areas.

And what of the phenomenal turnout in black areas of Cleveland and Philadelphia, approaching 100%, in past elections?

The fact is that the left has been braying a mantra of “fixed” elections every time it loses. Those chickens may be coming home to roost, but of course it is always the fault of Republicans.

I’m assuming the role of broken record here, repeating something I wrote in a prior post about this:

[…] we need to know this, of course, in case Republicans retain control of Congress. If they don’t, then we’ll hear stories about how ‘smoothly’ elections ran across the country.

Keep that in mind not only as election results are rolling in, but in the days after the election when the news media will be saturated with articles about why Democrats won or lost. They’re covering their bases right now – just in case.

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