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The Thug's Veto

My former colleague, Jennifer Rubin, has been doing some digging into the Justice Department's handling of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case out of Philadelphia. And what she has uncovered is as rank a case of political corruption as we've seen in this administration.

Remember that case? On Election Day 2008, two members of the NBBP showed up at a polling place, armed and in combat fatigues, and stood in front of it, informing all white voters that they were going to be governed by a black man and tossing around terms like "crackers" and other racial imprecations. They were arrested and charged with voter intimidation, didn't bother to even show up to defend themselves, and the Justice Department won a default judgment.

At which point the Obama administration decided to throw away the "gimme" victory and essentially seize defeat from the jaws of victory. They dropped the charges against all but one guy, and his "penalty" was reduced to "you can't bring a weapon to a polling place again until 2012."

Yup, just in time for Obama's re-election bid.

The Obama administration (and Eric Holder's Justice Department) haven't had much to say about the story, except to insist that it wasn't a political decision, that it wasn't the work of political appointees, and it's really no big deal.

All of which Rubin shreds.

The career prosecutors at the Justice Department loved this case. The violation of the law was clear. The whole thing was caught on video. And the defendants weren't even bothering to contest it. All they had to do was file the paperwork, show up in court, and collect their victory. It was, to coin a phrase, a slam dunk.

Until the Obama administration, through its political appointees, told them to throw the case. They were ordered to give up their already-won case.

What happened in this case is established. What remains to be determined is just who issued the orders to tank the case, why those orders were given, and what will come of the whole stinking mess.

If nothing does happen, then in 2012 we should expect even more such stunts at the polls. Why shouldn't the Ku Klux Klan -- always eager for some free publicity -- not show up at polling places with baseball bats and axe handles? We are already used to the SEIU's goon squads (but I repeat myself) at polls -- why not let them bring weapons, too?

If there is one principle we need to stand firm on, it's that we do not tolerate anyone assing around with our elections. Anyone who tries to, needs to be stomped down, and down hard. In 2002, several high-ranking New Hampshire Republicans pulled a stunt by jamming the Democratic Senate candidate's phones on election day. Four guys went to prison and the party paid a hefty fine -- and I think they got off too easily. Every election in recent years has featured ACORN submitting fraudulent voter registration reforms, and occasionally engaging in actual voter fraud.

Perfectly honest elections are, admittedly, a pipe dream. There will always be flaws. But we have to try. And that means that any attempt to rig or illegally sway an election has to be punished as severely as possible.

Not brushed under the rug.

I don't like special prosecutors as a general rule, but when there is this kind of evidence of malfeasance and corruption within the Justice Department, it's the only viable option I can see. I have no faith in Eric Holder to investigate this honestly, and none in either Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi.


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Comments (17)

Most disgusting presidency ... (Below threshold)
914:

Most disgusting presidency and administration ever. As for his cronie get out the vote thugs, they need to be beat down. Its what they relate to.

It's really quite simple on... (Below threshold)
jim m:

It's really quite simple once you understand that supporters of the administration can never break the law. ACORN gets a pass on their election fraud and instead the government investigates those who show ACORN to be willing to aid in the traffic of child sex slaves. SEUI thugs beat up Tea Party protesters and the media and administration look the other way. New Black Panthers intimidate white voters and the administration cannot find anything wrong with that.

Our government aspires to be like the third world thugocracies they so readily support. They are becoming more like one every day.

Here Lee Ward let me save y... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Here Lee Ward let me save you the trouble.

Republicans were for election fraud before a black man became president.

And I thought the trial law... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

And I thought the trial lawyers were unabashedly venal for backing Oblahblah. Only knew the half of it.

Rubin's article is excellen... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Rubin's article is excellent. Lots of interesting information.

Through the eyes of a dicta... (Below threshold)
914:

Through the eyes of a dictator.. "Well done Barry! You make us proud".

Mathematically speaking; Øb... (Below threshold)
Constitution First:

Mathematically speaking; Øbama = >0

Where's AG Holder? You kno... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Where's AG Holder? You know, the guy calling others COWARDS. Maybe Mr Mumbles will come out of his office and admit the decision had nothing to do with justice and everything to do with POLITICS.

Holder couldn't be reached ... (Below threshold)
914:

Holder couldn't be reached for comment... He was guest speaking at a new black panther tax cheat fundraiser.

Just wondering if this case... (Below threshold)
Razorgirl:

Just wondering if this case could be tried in a different venue. Like maybe on the State level. Weren't there state and local candidates and issues on the ballot at the same time?

Just asking for information.

I remember Erick-The-Error ... (Below threshold)
serfer62:

I remember Erick-The-Error Holder during the 08 campeign stating the "...slaves made America".
Another..the black prison population should be reduced to the national per centage. Considering that blacks committ 46% of crime (FBI stats) thats a lot of thugs on the street.

Yes, a special prosecutor w... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Yes, a special prosecutor would be worth it to see who had the responsibility for making that call. I bet heads would explode on the left if that were to happen, not to mention the CBC going nuclear, especially if it led back to them making a request.

Eric Holder is clearly in over his head, going from a White House 'fixer' during the Clinton administration to a first rate bigot in the current administration.

Anarchotyranny.... (Below threshold)
JB:

Anarchotyranny.

Hey, there's nothing wrong ... (Below threshold)
dooz:

Hey, there's nothing wrong here. Cries of corruption are merely the paranoia of the religious right bigots.

And if you believe that, you'll believe Obama is a white guy straight off a Kansas farm.

"And if you believe that... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

"And if you believe that, you'll believe Obama is a white guy straight off a Kansas farm."

Yeah! and we all know that Obama isn't one of us!

Quelle surprise. Lee Ward m... (Below threshold)

Quelle surprise. Lee Ward misses a reference to a major portion of American mythology.

That Kansas farmboy wasn't "one of us," either, Lee... not by a long shot.

J.

"If there is one 'principle... (Below threshold)

"If there is one 'principle' we need to 'stand firm on,' it's that we do not tolerate anyone assing around with our elections."

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There goes another coffee-spewed notebook!

Took me by surprise.

Haven't heard that one since the last "Democrat" was "elected" to public office!




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