Dems: It’s going to be a bad cycle, and there’s one reason why

posted at 8:01 pm on October 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve had an avalanche of polling this week that shows Republicans making major inroads on the midterm electorate, both on the national level and in state-by-state surveys. Polling, however, isn’t an exact science but more of an art of approximation. If only we could get some relatively hard evidence that Democrats are looking at a crushing defeat in six days, some way to measure that removes most of the remaining doubt in this cycle …

Perhaps we can consult the Finger Pointing Index. Chris Cillizza reports that the fingers have already started to come out in earnest on the Left, and they’re pointing mostly in the same direction:

Prominent Democratic strategists are growing increasingly nervous that the national political environment is not only bad for their side but is moving in the wrong direction in the final days before the election, a trend that could not only cost them control of the Senate but also visit double-digit House losses on the party.

“The environment has settled and it’s bad,” said one senior Democratic party operative closely monitoring the party’s prospects this fall.  The source added that Democratic candidates’ numbers among independents and seniors — two critically important voting blocs — have begun to erode; “they are just not as friendly  to us as they once were,” the source explained. …

There were lots (and lots) of reasons given for the difficulties facing Democrats. The Senate map.  The historic trends of second term, midterm elections — aka the “six-year itch.”  Voter apathy. But the one factor that virtually every person I talked to cited as the biggest reason for the party’s current predicament was President Obama.

“This off-year election has become almost entirely a referendum on the president,” said one Democratic consultant involved in a number of closely-fought congressional races. “It’s not just anger at [the Affordable Care Act].  He has become, in my opinion wrongly, the symbol of dysfunction in Washington.  That has led to a demoralized Democratic base, energized Republicans and those in the middle have an easy way of venting their frustration, and that is to punish the president’s party.”

“It is not ALL Obama but a lot of it is,” said another Democratic strategist knee-deep in the 2014 midterms and granted anonymity to speak candidly. “[People] are very upset with government and people think Democrats are in charge, so they are taking it out on Democrats more than Republicans.”

Ahem. People “think” Democrats are in charge? Last I looked, Democrats have been in charge of the federal government since 2009. Democrats have been in charge of the Senate since 2007. Barack Obama runs the executive branch, which is what “people” define as the federal government, and Obama has appointed all the people who run the agencies that comprise it.

In fairness, perhaps the unnamed Democratic strategist meant that no one is in charge, which certainly has been the perception given off by Obama and his fellow Democrats. However, that’s just another reason to vote for Republicans to take charge in Congress, so …

Even the New York Times has noticed that no one’s in charge these days:

One day this month, as the nation shuddered with fears of an Ebola outbreak and as American warplanes pounded Sunni militants in Syria, President Obama’s national security adviser, Susan E. Rice, invited a group of foreign policy experts to the White House Situation Room to hear their assessment of how the administration was performing.

She was peppered with critiques of the president’s Syria and China policies, as well as the White House’s repeated delays in releasing a national security strategy, a congressionally mandated document that sets out foreign policy goals. On that last point, Ms. Rice had a sardonic reply.

“If we had put it out in February or April or July,” she said, according to two people who were in the room, “it would have been overtaken by events two weeks later, in any one of those months.”

At a time when the Obama administration is lurching from crisis to crisis — a new Cold War in Europe, a brutal Islamic caliphate in the Middle East and a deadly epidemic in West Africa, to name just the most obvious ones — it is not surprising that long-term strategy would take a back seat. But it raises inevitable questions about the ability of the president and his hard-pressed national security team to manage and somehow get ahead of the daily onslaught of events.

Part of the reason why the White House is facing these crises is because they didn’t have long-term strategies for dealing with emerging issues. That is especially true in regard to Iraq, Syria, and in a larger sense the entire “Arab Spring” upheavals that undergird much of the chaos in the Middle East. Obama bombed Moammar Qaddafi’s regime without any thought of securing the ground to help shape the outcome, and turned Libya into another Somalia, this time on the Mediterranean. The same thing nearly happened in Egypt until a military coup booted the Muslim Brotherhood out of power. He ignored advice from long-range thinkers like Robert Gates and Leon Panetta on Iraq, opting to seize a short-term political benefit at home instead of maintaining a grip on events in Iraq.

So yes, the problem for Democrats is the incompetence of the Democrats running the federal government and foreign policy. That is the main problem, along with the fact that those Democrats on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue have acted like a cheerleading section and/or a political protection squad for Obama rather than force him to improve his performance, and now voters don’t trust them to act any differently in the final two years of the Obama presidency. They may still eke out enough seats to control the Senate, although that’s increasingly unlikely, but if this continues another two years, they may find themselves locked out of the White House for the foreseeable future. At least someone will be in charge if that happens.


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Sunspots?

Akzed on October 29, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Wednesday will be fun, I loves me some Leftist recriminations.

Akzed on October 29, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Climate Change?

Scotty J on October 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Not enough cowbell…?

JohnGalt23 on October 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

President Al B. Tross?

Joe Mama on October 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Part of the reason why the White House is facing these crises is because they didn’t have long-term strategies for dealing with emerging issues it is staffed with a gaggle of complete effing morons.

FIFY.

nico on October 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Midtermitis ?

FlaMurph on October 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Pelosi needs to blame Republicans more often.

John the Libertarian on October 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

We saw this back in 2007.
Welcome to reality, you idiots.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

nico on October 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

To-MAY-to, to-MAH-to ….

Ed Morrissey on October 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Apparently, Democrats are racist. Who knew?

joekenha on October 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Who is the Obama character that you all seem to be speaking about???

Obummer??? Never heard of him.

BigWyo on October 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Dems: It’s going to be a bad cycle, and there’s one reason why

I’ve often remarked that the last use a child has for his parents is to take the blame when adult life is found more difficult than he expected.
The Democrats would like to jettison their Golden Boy and hang their dirty laundry on him as he’s shoved out the door. But he is NOT solely responsible for their plight; THEY made it possible for him to do what he has done, and they must shoulder their share of blame for their complicity. This country is screwed up royally because of DEMOCRATS, not just because of Obama.

jbspry on October 29, 2014 at 8:13 PM

If Ds lose the Senate I cannot wait to see them screech like lunatics over Rs doing the very same things Harry Reid did.
All of a sudden the filibuster will be sacred again.

NeoKong on October 29, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Where are the chickensh…er, trolls? The world wonders.

cozmo on October 29, 2014 at 8:14 PM

The One is going from Big Brother to Emmanuel Goldstein, as the Democrats decide they need a scapegoat for the last catastrophic six years.

They’d rather everyone else forget that the reason they supported everything The One did, and excoriated him for not doing more of it, is that everything he has done is Democratic/progressive dogma.

They’ll now try to throw him under his own bus rather than admit that their worldview is about as realistic as a Harry Potter novel.

Of course, if they stopped waving wands and trying to play Quidditch, they wouldn’t have a dogma left. Nor could they indulge their inner Malfoy and look down their noses at all the Muggles.

For Slitherins, growing up is a b!tch.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Democrats cannot lead. They can barely remember to breathe.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 29, 2014 at 8:16 PM

“The difference this time, is that you have me.”
B. Heussein Obama

“The 2014 elections will be one of Obama’s greatest achievements.”
Joe “I like Paste” Biden

jukin3 on October 29, 2014 at 8:17 PM

If only we could get some relatively hard evidence that Democrats are looking at a crushing defeat in six days

Wednesday should give some indication.

LashRambo on October 29, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Dudes’s “wife” has a weener. Cut him some slack.

Akzed on October 29, 2014 at 8:19 PM

You gave me glory, you gave me fame. You gave me power in your God’s name. Presidenting is hard.
Especially for a pantywaist loser with big ears.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 29, 2014 at 8:20 PM

“I won.” – Barack Obama

thatsafactjack on October 29, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I am hoping for a meltdown. Taking him out in a straight jacket meltdown.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 29, 2014 at 8:21 PM

From Diana West’s blog:

From the Facebook Page of David Rustebakke, a veterinarian in Clarkston, WA:

The present Ebola crisis in the world is frightening. I have submitted the following letter to the editor of the Lewiston Morning Tribune:

Editor, Lewiston Morning Tribune:

If I wish to import a horse into the United States from Liberia or any African country other than Morocco, the horse needs to undergo a 60 day quarantine period at a USDA approved quarantine facility prior to mingling with the general population of horses in this country. Africa has a disease called African Horse Sickness that does not exist in the US; this is the way we have kept it out of this country. African Horse Sickness does not cause disease in people, only horses; our government has determined that it would be devastating to the US horse industry if it were to come here.

The United States (and virtually all other countries) require a myriad of tests and often quarantine prior to bringing in a foreign animal.

I can’t legally cross state lines in the United States with a horse or cow without a health certificate signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian stating that the animal has been inspected and found free of infectious disease. In most cases blood tests are also required. In fact I can’t legally cross the Snake River and ride my horse in Idaho without a health certificate and a negative blood test for Equine Infectious Anemia.

I’m not complaining; the United States of America, the States of Idaho and Washington as well as the other 48 states take the health of our livestock very seriously, and we have a very good record at keeping foreign animal diseases out of our country. I am happy to do my part to maintain biosecurity in our animal population.

If I am a resident of Liberia incubating Ebola, to enter the United States all I need to do is present a valid visa, and lie when asked if I have been exposed to Ebola. Within hours (no quarantine required) I can be walking the streets of any city in the United States.

I feel very fortunate to live in a country that values our animals so highly.

David A. Rustebakke, DVM

VorDaj on October 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

2008 – Conservatism is DEAD. Democrats WILL RULE for the next generation.

GarandFan on October 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

On the other hand, ammo and firearm manufacturers have had a bang-up six years.

Socratease on October 29, 2014 at 8:24 PM

We knew you really did not have a foreign policy, Barack. Of course, if you don’t know where you are going, then any road will take you there. Any successful organization develops goals and plans, with alternatives to account for contingencies. As it us, you are just flailing around being buffeted by other forces. They have determined that you have no goals or plans.

Techster64 on October 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I can name several reasons why the Demonrats are not only going to be defeated but trounced. Obamacare, the coming amnesty, the Ebola madness, Nazi Pelousy, Dirty Harry Reid, blatant voter fraud, the horrible economy and lack of jobs, fast n furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the overreach by the FLOTUS on school lunch standards, the total lack of transparency, the treatment of allies like Israel by this admin., Eric Holder and the New Black Panthers, Eric Holder and everything, corruption, pettiness of this bunch and on and on. I maintain that the ONLY way that Obama won in 2012 was voter fraud. Along with repealing Obamacare the new Republican senate and house need to start issuing nationwide voter ID initiatives and begin prosecuting Holder and others in this admin for their illegal actions. Worst administration and POTUS in the history of the US. Too bad black voters chose to make this crook their representative when he is so inept.

neyney on October 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

November 4, 2014.

Racist Day

For more, tune in to the Al Sharpton Network with 24/7 coverage.

fogw on October 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

The comments at the NYT never change. Like they’re all verbaluces. Verbalduces?

Judge_Dredd on October 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

It’s not just the man, it’s what he does and his attitude about doing it.

The ‘rats will never admit that OBAMA CARE is was and always will be a disastrous decision on their part, they’ll just blame it on not “educating” the people enough.

Bishop on October 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

VorDaj on October 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

As I’ve said before, if on March 1, 2015, there is still even one Ebola infection case in the US, we need to begin impeachment proceedings against Obama. As it already is, Obama’s said we should expect more Ebola cases in the US, without any apparent concern for the resulting deaths of innocent American citizens.

LashRambo on October 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Socialism is great, and Communism can work if given a chance and the right leadership!!! And so it goes decade after decade creating misery beyond measure. They never learn.

All these imbeciles and miscreants need is the “right leadership”. The Magic Mulatto didn’t work, but they will be back for another try.

Perhaps in the meantime saner minds can right this ship.

Cody1991 on October 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Democracy is hard. No, really.

Akzed on October 29, 2014 at 8:29 PM

The NYT douchebags blame it on the stupid people being allowed to vote.

Bishop on October 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

It’s not just the man, it’s what he does and his attitude about doing it.

The ‘rats will never admit that OBAMA CARE is was and always will be a disastrous decision on their part, they’ll just blame it on not “educating” the people enough.

Bishop on October 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

This is where you’re wrong. I’d welcome a 2000 page list of rules and regulations for HotGas posters, which is too long for anyone to understand or even read, because I trust Noah Rothman to implement, police, enforce, and finally punish those who go against said rules.

LashRambo on October 29, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I can name several reasons why the Demonrats are not only going to be defeated but trounced.

neyney on October 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Don’t count any chickens until they come home to roost.

Judge_Dredd on October 29, 2014 at 8:32 PM

It ain’t over til its over. Never underestimate the Democrat expertise at voter fraud.

ctmom on October 29, 2014 at 8:33 PM

President’n isn’t hard is finding all that time away from Moochelle and the girls to golf that is.

RickB on October 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Apparently, Democrats are racist. Who knew?

joekenha on October 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM

/raises hand emphatically

yaedon on October 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM

2008 – Conservatism is DEAD. Democrats WILL RULE for the next generation.

GarandFan on October 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

I don’t see enough Republicans willing to reverse the current national trends even if/when they win a Senate majority or even the friggin’ Whitehouse for that matter…so…yeah?

yaedon on October 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Democrats cannot lead. They can barely remember to breathe.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 29, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Replace Democrats with Republicans and the statement is just as valid.

I’m excited about kicking the national Democrat machine in the teeth next Tuesday, too, but I have no illusions that a Republican majority in the Senate will change the direction of the nation. Hopefully it is a start, but I’m pessimistic even about that.

yaedon on October 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

How DARE all of those Democrats criticise The First Black President of the United States!!!

Bunch of racists!

Resist We Much on October 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I’ve often remarked that the last use a child has for his parents is to take the blame when adult life is found more difficult than he expected.
The Democrats would like to jettison their Golden Boy and hang their dirty laundry on him as he’s shoved out the door. But he is NOT solely responsible for their plight; THEY made it possible for him to do what he has done, and they must shoulder their share of blame for their complicity. This country is screwed up royally because of DEMOCRATS, not just because of Obama.

jbspry on October 29, 2014 at 8:13 PM

While this is true, the unfortunate reality is that the child in question is the American electorate and the parents in question are BOTH the Democrats and Republicans. The Democrats are simply the parent the child is most disgusted with at the moment…

yaedon on October 29, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Can’t believe this wasn’t used yet.

Dems: It’s going to be a bad cycle, and there’s one reason why

Bush.

Oxymoron on October 29, 2014 at 8:46 PM

You rubes… how can it be eternally Bush’s fault if The Ø has to make a decision here and there. Once Complainer-in-Chief makes a decision, other than blaming Dubya and the HR, he’s gotta take responsibility for it! No way! Ø has never done that before and, dagnabit, It’s Not Going to Start NOW!
.
Why don’t you rubes get that???!!!

ExpressoBold on October 29, 2014 at 8:51 PM

The NYT douchebags blame it on the stupid people being allowed to vote.

Bishop on October 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

.
So that’s how we got into this mess.
Damn.

FlaMurph on October 29, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Socialism is great, and Communism can work if given a chance and the right leadership!!! And so it goes decade after decade creating misery beyond measure. They never learn.

All these imbeciles and miscreants need is the “right leadership”. The Magic Mulatto didn’t work, but they will be back for another try.

Perhaps in the meantime saner minds can right this ship.

Cody1991 on October 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Amen.

A system that requires the “right leadership” to function is by definition not an adequate or good system of laws.

Our forefathers attempted to create a good and adequate system of laws that not only would not need the “right leadership” but would also withstand periods of having the “wrong leadership.” Unfortunately, we’ve gone the most of last century with the “wrong leadership.” Even the robust system devised by our amazing perceptive forefathers has been unable to withstand a century of malfeasance and misfeasance by the “wrong leadership.” Seriously. Look at the last 100 years of Presidents in our country and point out 24 years of good leadership.

yaedon on October 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Hope. Change.

307wolverine on October 29, 2014 at 9:00 PM

There is only one reason the Donks are doing so poorly, and EVERYBODY knows it. We’ve heard it time and time and time again over the past five and three-quarters years. It’s Bush’s fault. He started it all without the help of a Democrat House and Senate, without the help of presidents Carter and Clinton. He did it all by hisself (that’s not a typo). Ask every Democrat you know and you’ll find it’s the truth. /

HiJack on October 29, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Don’t count any chickens until they come home to roost.

Judge_Dredd on October 29, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Right! The Dems have fired up their automated Vote Fraud effort…

landlines on October 29, 2014 at 9:07 PM

I still believe it’s due to all of those “country bumpkins” being able to vote.

listens2glenn on October 29, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I used to think the Deer in the headlights responses from the Dems was a political front. No more, they really are that clueless aren’t they?

Dan_NV on October 29, 2014 at 9:17 PM

#ToxicObama

Pelosi Schmelosi on October 29, 2014 at 9:19 PM

At a time when the Obama administration is lurching from crisis to crisis …

You rang?

GrannyDee on October 29, 2014 at 10:22 PM

But it’s been a good 6 years for golf courses.

COgirl on October 29, 2014 at 10:24 PM

He has become, in my opinion wrongly, the symbol of dysfunction in Washington.

I don’t even know what he means by this. It could be:
Obama isn’t dysfunctional himself, it’s his underlings’ fault.
-But he picked them.
Obama isn’t a symbol for Washington DC and hence for its dysfunction.
-ALL presidents are the symbolic focal point of the government during their tenure. After all, Dubya was personally and totally responsible for every lousy decision made by the Louisiana officials, and they weren’t even Federal agents.
Obama, himself, is not a symbol.
-Words are not adequate to explain such an epic fail.

AesopFan on October 29, 2014 at 11:14 PM

But it’s been a good 6 years for golf courses.

COgirl on October 29, 2014 at 10:24 PM

But not for their members.

Kevin K. on October 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Ahem. People “think” Democrats are in charge? Last I looked, Democrats have been in charge of the federal government since 2009. Democrats have been in charge of the Senate since 2007.

Democrats have been in charge of the federal government (holding 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency) since January 3, 2007.

Barack Obama came into elected office in Washington, D.C. on 1/3/2005.

Barack Obama (along with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, then-Senators Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, etc.) became part of the MAJORITY PARTY in Washington, D.C. on 1/3/2007.

What did those Democrats inherit from the outgoing Republican majority?

12 years of GOP majorities (1/3/1995-1/3/2007) left us with:
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Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR): 66.4%
Unemployment 4.4%
Employment: 63.4% (144 consecutive months ≥ 62%)
FY 2007 deficit: 1.1% of GDP
Total National Debt: $8.7 Trillion

Today:
=======
Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR): 62.7%
Unemployment 5.9% (would be 11.1% if LFPR was still 66.4%)
Employment: 59.0% (61 consecutive months ≤ 59%)
FY 2014 deficit (estimate): 3.7% of GDP ( > TRIPLE the last Republican deficit!)
Total National Debt: $17.9 Trillion

12 straight years of Republican majorities left us in a MUCH better position than the last 7¾ straight years of Democrat majorities.

ITguy on October 30, 2014 at 2:42 AM

He’ll make a great caddy.

profitsbeard on October 30, 2014 at 3:51 AM

ITguy on October 30, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Great post.
Democrat governance = economic malaise, not to mention the rich getting richer, the middle class getting poorer, and the poor staying poor.

And this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the clusterfark national security situation and the feckless foreign policy.

DRayRaven on October 30, 2014 at 5:44 AM

I’ll bet the Obamas, Pelosi and Reid believe they have been successful. They got everything they wanted and have fundamentally changed this country as they said they would. I’d like to think that the Constitution has held up even when attacked through executive orders. What we need are leaders who uphold the Constitution, and I don’t think Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush are the ones to do it, however, the elections are all about power in both Parties.

lea on October 30, 2014 at 6:57 AM

With the obvious voter fraud in Maryland’s voting machines and the panic within the democratic camps they are pulling out all the stops to save their government paychecks and careers. The GOP better get off the pot and do some serious screaming about the fraud or we are going to see recounts until the cows come home. The sleeping GOP better wake up or their government paychecks will vanish as well as their careers.

mixplix on October 30, 2014 at 8:11 AM

As Mumbles Menino would say, he’s like an Alcatraz around their necks.

cosifantutte on October 30, 2014 at 8:49 AM

All these imbeciles and miscreants need is the “right leadership”. The Magic Mulatto didn’t work, but they will be back for another try.
Cody1991 on October 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

A Pantsuit!!! A sniper-dodging, button resetting,early early morning phone call answering,head trauma’d, cellulite overflowing Pantsuit!!!
That’s what we need to get this big government hummin’!!!
– Dems in 2016

VelvetElvis on October 30, 2014 at 9:07 AM

But it’s been a good 6 years for golf courses.

COgirl on October 29, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Actually the exact opposite is true. Do you actually think that BHO pays for his golf? Not only does the golf course lose out on the revenue of BHO’s golf, but security requires that there be no other golfers on adjacent holes, so the course has to curtail the number of other golfers, losing revenue. (The security is laughable considering that people can jump the WH fence and enter the residence, armed felons are allowed on elevators with BHO, and you can take shots at the WH and the USSS thinks its a car backfiring)

GAlpha10 on October 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

it is my sincere hope the Dems are throttled in the upcoming elections, they deserve it. The most shameless liars and corrupters of the country. Nasty pieces of work.

elclynn on October 30, 2014 at 9:26 AM

I’m excited about kicking the national Democrat machine in the teeth next Tuesday, too, but I have no illusions that a Republican majority in the Senate will change the direction of the nation. Hopefully it is a start, but I’m pessimistic even about that.

yaedon on October 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

We gotta start somewhere. Our decline didn’t happen with one election, and it won’t be fixed with one election. But I think if we survived/survive 8 years of Obama and democrat rule, we can survive at least 4 years of a “change” in the other direction.
I’ve said it before: I held my nose and voted for Romney 2 years ago–he wasn’t/isn’t conservative, and like you, was pessimistic about his governance (should he have won). Some 4 million stayed home. But does anyone think we would be in the mess we are in today, 2 years later, under a President Romney?

leftamark on October 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM

With the obvious voter fraud in Maryland’s voting machines and the panic within the democratic camps they are pulling out all the stops to save their government paychecks and careers. The GOP better get off the pot and do some serious screaming about the fraud or we are going to see recounts until the cows come home. The sleeping GOP better wake up or their government paychecks will vanish as well as their careers.

mixplix on October 30, 2014 at 8:11 AM

I work as a precinct chair during elections and my wife is our Township Clerk (I never work the elections when she is on the ballot). In our state, the only way that there could be voter fraud with the tabulators (we still use paper ballots and the tabulators count the votes), is if they are programmed that way at the county level. Even then, my wife would catch the fraud as she conducts her sample ballot tests. She has to create a test pack of ballots with every possible voting result. For Tuesday’s election, this meant creating 124 different ballots to run through each of the tabulators for our five precincts. She does not conduct this test alone, but with one of our elected Township Trustees from the opposing party. She compares the paper tape from the tabulator with the spreadsheet of how the ballots were voted. If there is any problem, the test is repeated or the memory pack is sent back to the county for reprogramming.

Additionally, the law requires that any time anything is done with our electronic poll book, the tabulator, or assisting a voter, there must be to election inspectors involved from opposing political parties.

Of course, if the County or Municipality Clerk is corrupt, fraud can occur. But it would be pretty hard to stack the deck so one political party is in control of the entire election process. Maybe they can do that in Chicago or Detroit, but not everywhere.

The danger is in absentee ballots or in those states with voting by mail. Although the voter signs the envelope attesting that they voted the ballot, signatures can be forged. In Detroit, they were caught having “election worker” assisting seniors in nursing homes vote their absentee ballots. If someone need assistance, they probably shouldn’t be voting. If the entire state has voting by mail, verifying those signatures is next to impossible.

The other thing you hear about is bags of ballots found in the trunk of a car. WTF!!! If a tabulator and the poll book is used, you cannot have unaccounted for ballots. The tabulator and poll book must match.

GAlpha10 on October 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM

DRayRaven on October 30, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Thank you.

ITguy on October 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

If Ds lose the Senate I cannot wait to see them screech like lunatics over Rs doing the very same things Harry Reid did.
All of a sudden the filibuster will be sacred again.

NeoKong on October 29, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Correct. But don’t forget, there’s still plenty of time for Democrat National Socialist voter fraud! Watch for those swings right at poll closing time.

The NYT douchebags blame it on the stupid people being allowed to vote.

Bishop on October 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

I completely agree that the idiot Democrat National Socialists are the stupid party.

Closet Optimist on October 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Dems: It’s going to be a bad cycle, and there’s one reason why

Let me guess.

Obama was kidnapped shortly after his first election and George Bush, dressed in an Obama suit, has actually been running the country?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on October 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM

neyney;

You wrote:
I can name several reasons why the Demonrats are not only going to be defeated but trounced. Obamacare, the coming amnesty, the Ebola madness, Nazi Pelousy, Dirty Harry Reid, blatant voter fraud, the horrible economy and lack of jobs, fast n furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the overreach by the FLOTUS on school lunch standards, the total lack of transparency, the treatment of allies like Israel by this admin., Eric Holder and the New Black Panthers, Eric Holder and everything, corruption, pettiness of this bunch and on and on. I maintain that the ONLY way that Obama won in 2012 was voter fraud. Along with repealing Obamacare the new Republican senate and house need to start issuing nationwide voter ID initiatives and begin prosecuting Holder and others in this admin for their illegal actions. Worst administration and POTUS in the history of the US. Too bad black voters chose to make this crook their representative when he is so inept.

neyney on October 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Your list of the reasons the Dems are going to be “trounced” next week is absolutely correct, then you include “voter fraud” in the list. “Voter fraud” is the reason they are NOT going to be “trounced”. I’m afraid you are going to be one of many who will wake up on November 5th saying, “What the hell just happened”… just like 2012, remember? We have had several years now to clean up the election process and eliminate “voter fraud”, but nothing has been done about it. Nor will anything be done in the future. The progressives have perfected the Chicago style election system and taken it national. Can’t you see that? Obama, and many of the other Democrats (Harry Reid comes to mind) would never have been elected excepted for rampant voter fraud and corruption. It is hopeless.

adennya on October 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I have a friend who recently retired from the local university.
He surprises me with his belief that:
‘If voting mattered, we would be allowed to do it.’
He may be correct but as another associate says: ‘Politicans understand only one thing, PAIN.’ Pain is when they are not getting support (financial wise) and are getting entirely too much attention from their constituents.
And don’t depend upon the press to help you in getting any real information about what your politicians are up to.

Remember – Maintain an interest in politics & politicians because they are certainly interested in YOU.

Missilengr on October 30, 2014 at 1:31 PM

… wouldn’t be allowed …

stupid fingers.

Missilengr on October 30, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Democrats in the administration are incompetent because very few have real business experience, only about 10%, far below GW Bush levels.

They’re arrogant and over-confident, breezily trying all manner of crazy policy, fundamentally transforming America. Oh God, save us.

They are also contrarian to conservatives, so whatever was done before is scorned, and old policies are reversed. We get the Reset with Russia (“Overcharge” in reality, a stark clear sign they had no idea what they were doing.)

Pray for conservatives, and double your campaign donations. We’re working against the fake news media, almost all of academia, the unions, the foundations (90% of their political money goes to Democrat causes – $10 billion per year), limosine billionaires/millionaires, the DNC, and millions of their komrades.

RedBaker on October 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM