On Tuesday,

Salon.com columnist Joe Conason
served up a hot political commentary befitting this era of staunch partisanship as the Democrats he defends work feverishly to make a mockery of the rule of law in Florida.

Worse, Conason’s GOP hit piece appears on the precipice of this nation’s unique Thanksgiving Day celebrations, leaving me wondering what there will be left to be thankful for if the Gore campaign — and hacks like Conason — are the only ones left standing if leftist lawyers successfully manage to usurp George W. Bush’s rightful place as president of these United States.

In his piece, Conason — using amazing naïveté — criticizes leading Republicans like Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf and Mr. Bush personally for “challenging Gore’s patriotism” over the military absentee ballot flack.

Conason, who calls such criticism “a disgraceful ploy by the Bush campaign,” has managed to ignore the wealth of evidence against his Democratic allies that not only demonstrate a leftist effort to prevent Bush from receiving those votes, but at the same time indicate it was likely planned well in advance by the Gore campaign.

Perhaps Conason isn’t to blame.

I’ve been covering this issue from
the beginning for WorldNetDaily, so it’s rather easy for me to see the
Democratic chicanery.

But for Conason to declare unilaterally that Schwartzkopf, Bush, and a number of other leading Republicans are wrong to state the obvious is incredulous at best and a purposeful attempt to distort the facts at worst.

To bolster his claim, Conason said “there was scant evidence to support [GOP claims] that [the] Democratic Party or the Gore campaign was seeking to target absentee ballots sent in by military personnel for disqualification.”

He says this and then — in the next breath — says the GOP “pointed to a memorandum on overseas absentee ballots prepared by a Democratic lawyer in Tallahassee that, on closer examination, merely explains technical aspects of Florida election law.” Amazing.

Further, he next intimates that the GOP is somehow just as guilty, by claiming — without proof — that Democratic operatives fashioned their own legal memo “in much the same fashion as a memo reportedly sent out by the GOP” (my emphasis).

What’s this “reportedly” nonsense? Did they or not? And if so, where is it?

And when did Mr. Conason become so naïve? The Democratic lawyer who wrote that military ballot memo did so specifically because the Gore campaign knew in advance how military personnel traditionally and heavily favor Republican candidates.

Next, Conason attempts to impugn the GOP’s noted, consistent, and historic admiration for the rule of law.

“But the vaunted Republican admiration for the rigid ‘rule of law’ apparently fades whenever their partisan interests are threatened: Ironic, considering reports of Republican manipulation of absentee ballots both in this election and in past Florida races,” he wailed.

“Partisan interests?” If it weren’t for “partisan interests,” then what is Gore still doing in Florida? Why doesn’t he concede after falling 930 ballots behind? Talk about “partisan interests.”

Again, Conason tries to create the impression of GOP voting and balloting irregularities without offering any proof. This sort of “trick journalism” has been rampant since liberal editors, writers, and columnists saw the man Gore defeated on Election Day.

For Conason to create his “irony,” he is reduced to making veiled references to “reports of Republican manipulation of absentee ballots both in this election and past Florida races,” but mentions no specific cases.

In short, he is chastising Republicans for their purported rancor while alleging that they are engaged in voter fraud and a plan to steal this election from Gore. In reality, quite the opposite is happening; it is the Gore camp that wants to win by theft. President Clinton and his minions in the administration are doing all they can to help Gore win by theft.

In one case just recently, for example,
President Clinton allowed the California Democratic Party to affix his name to a bogus (and illegal) scheme to provide unofficial voter registration cards to immigrants and aliens who had never registered to vote and weren’t qualified to do so anyway.

Also, since 1995, the Clinton administration has been using the
Immigration and Naturalization Service
to improperly register tens — and perhaps hundreds — of thousands of resident aliens in an effort to inflate Democratic vote counts in key states. Former Clinton impeachment attorney David Schippers — an admitted Democrat and two-time Clinton voter — has said as much.

And what about the innumerable counts and recounts in Florida? State law allowed for one, because Bush and Gore finished so close on Nov. 8 as to trigger an automatic recount. For the rest of Florida election law ostensibly covering all of these recounts, you’ll be hard pressed to find them in state statutes because Democratic canvassing board members are creating them as they go along.

Then there was the report in the Washington Times last week, chronicling the statements of five ballot watchers in Florida who have said, in sworn affidavits, that they saw Democratic operatives messing with ballots and poking them to inflate Gore’s count in key Florida counties.


here is the coup de grace.
WND reported on the Democratic standard “vote recount” procedure last week that they have consistently and systematically used to steal elections from Republicans since the early 1980s.

But to Conason’s mind, none of that compelling evidence matters. As one journalist to another, I find that offensively “ironic.”

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I’m thankful that I live in this country, no question. But I’m more thankful that the Gores and the Conasons of this nation are not the “controlling legal authorities” for the rest of us.

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