While I have generally regarded recent GOP optimism regarding this fall's elections as equal parts truth and wishful thinking, an article in the NYT today tends to bolster my opinion that things aren't going to be nearly as bad as some pundits allege.
In a radical departure from the drumbeat of drape measuring over the last month, the NYT today has an article expressing deep concerns about Democratic turnout, specifically in the black community:
...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.
Talk about your all-time backfires. Donna Brazille puts it best:
This notion that elections are stolen and that elections are rigged is so common in the public sphere that we’re having to go out of our way to counter them this year.
What is so delicious about this is that it has been Democrats that have been pounding the absolutely false meme that elections are rigged. Without a shred of evidence or legal action to bolster the accusation, Democrats and uber-libs have been running around since 2000 accusing the GOP of stealing elections, either with the assistance of the Supreme Court or Diebold.
What has it wrought? According to the NYT, only the possibility that they have turned their own voter base away from the polls.
By way of reminder, two recent major cases of election tampering belong to liberals, not conservatives. ACORN is nailed submitting almost 1,500 bogus voter registrations, and then there is Milwaukee.
There are two possible outcomes to this election and each will have its own tagline.
Democrats win = The people have spoken
Republicans retain control = The GOP has stolen another election
If the latter happens, the Democrats will further erode confidence in the system. Why, they might not stop until black people just stop voting altogether.
Nice going over there. Way to look out for those minorities.