No Accountibility Politics: The Nathan Sproul Voting Rights Theft Edition

The Romney campaign has hired Nathan Sproul. Who is Sproul? A rat fucker extraordinaire:

– In Oregon and Nevada, Lincoln Strategies — then known as Sproul and Associates — was investigated for destroying Democratic voter registration forms. The Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign paid Sproul $7.4 million for campaign work. [CNN, 10/14/04; KGW News, 10/13/04; East Valley Tribune, 09/07/06]

– In Nevada, people who registered as Democrats with Lincoln Strategies — then known as Sproul and Associates — found their names absent from the voter registration rolls. [Reno Gazette-Journal, 10/29/04]

– During the 2006 midterm elections, Wal-Mart banned Lincoln Strategies for partisan voter registration efforts in Tennessee. The Republican National Committee had hired the firm. [Associated Press, 08/24/06]

Had we a functional political press corps, it would ask Romney why, since Republicans are so concerned about voter fraud, he has hired someone who repeatedly stole people’s right to vote. If you wonder why Republicans continue to get away with this shit, it’s that no one calls them on it: Sproul shouldn’t be associated with any campaign. Ever. He disenfranchised his fellow citizens.

Were our political press corps not so shallow and sycophantic, he would be an embarrassment and a genuine scandal.

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3 Responses to No Accountibility Politics: The Nathan Sproul Voting Rights Theft Edition

  1. someone says:

    Why doesn’t the usa institute a national registration system for its citizens, like in europe, so that the government can simply send everyone a card to vote?

  2. Paul Krombholz says:

    Wal-Mart banned Lincoln strategies?? Wal-Mart?? What were they banned from doing, shopping in a Walmart store?

  3. mrtoads says:

    Forest and trees. This is a single example of a very wide-spread phenomenon. Essentially everything bad/evil that the GOP accuses its opponents of doing, the GOP itself is doing, has done, or is about to do, and usually bigger, longer, harder and faster. Pick a topic, any topic. About the only things the Hated Liberals haven’t been accused of are excessive deference to their political opponents and inability to agree on anything. That all by itself tells you all you need to know. Don’t blame the press – they’re doing exactly what they’re paid to do (or not to do, which sometimes is the more critical choice). It’s not like this is somehow a shocking, new discovery, either – this technique is as old as the hills, and it’s been in use in this country since before this country was formally established. It’s only since Nixon got into trouble that the entire political/economical establishment decided to do go all in with the familiar old Orwellian techniques that Mr. Goebbels did so much with. That was one of the two lessons the GOP learned from Watergate: 1. Control the media, and 2. Destroy all the records. Now it’s a free-for-all, because nobody remembers anything past a few days, and they’ll believe anything that gets said often and loudly enough. It’s actually fascinating to realize that we can look back on Nixon as a principled, statesmanlike, liberal President with the best interests of the entire country at heart. Apart from his unfortunate lack of ethics and morals, he was a fine President. Compared to his GOP successors, he was Hall-of-Fame material.

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