I honestly thought this would come late next week but with many states now using early voting procedures, I guess the Democrats had to put the race card closer to the top of the deck. They’re panicking—national and state polls show that while some races are tightening (predictably, I might add), and the money flow on both sides shows that states and districts once deemed safe havens for liberal incumbents have turned into battlegrounds.
And, they’re out of other options. Their last stroke of genius—the spooky but completely baseless “foreign threat to Democracy” charade fell flat on its face. None of the generic polling data produced since the White House trotted out the allegations have shown even a micro-bump from the ploy.
They can’t run on their accomplishments because, well… “It’s just too hard to explain.” The stimulus is political kryptonite. Healthcare is toxic.
The Justice Department is looking into allegations of voter intimidation by poll watchers in predominantly minority neighborhoods in Harris County, Texas, during the first day of early voting. A liberal blog suggested that some of the poll watchers could be members of a local Tea Party group.
But the Justice Department has made clear that its investigation has nothing to do with the Tea Party.
"There is no investigation into any specific political organization, including the Tea Party, at this time regarding this matter," DOJ spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in a written statement.
In another set of fly-by charges, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, who is battling to capture President Obama's old U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, accused his Republican opponent, Rep. Mark Kirk, of setting up voter fraud-watch areas in Chicago in an attempt to discourage black voters.
That claim, disputed by Kirk -- he argued that Giannoulias might be the last person in Illinois to think the state doesn't have fraud problems -- could benefit Democrats among an energized urban electorate in a non-presidential cycle likely to be dominated by suburban voters.
Taken together, the complaint and the report shifts the spotlight back on past and current accusations of racism against the Obama administration and the Tea Party movement.
Fly by charges, indeed. To Democrats, “voter intimidation” means Republican candidates and Tea Party organizations are sending poll watchers to voting places to make sure that voter intimidation does not occur and that voter fraud is exposed. Without such vigilance, Democrats are free to bribe young voters with free rides during school hours and ice cream if they “pass the exam” (hint, hint, nudge, nudge).
The only card of any value left in their worthless hand is the race card, and having to play it so early means the Democrats are panicking.