Really? Does Bernie Madoff wants ponzi scheme reform? Seriously. This is a joke. President Obama would not have been reelected without pulling off the largest, grandest and by far more successful voter suppression campaign in history. In fact, the massive voter suppression that got him reelected was one of the three key strategies that gave Barack Obama a second term in the White House. While it appears quite ironic this president would call for reform, it's more understandable when we see what his so-called reform really is.
As I reported in my earlier article about this issue, President Obama wants to pass legislation that would require all states to have early voting. Even the Huffington Post columnist, Steven Kurlander, I cited in the new story sees this as benefiting Democrats, he wrote, “So now President Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing new federal legislation mandating early voting in all 50 states (which coincidentally is the most favored get-out-the-vote tool traditionally employed by Democrats).”
So there it is. Early voting is not a real solution to any real election related problem we have. It is simply part of a strategy of how the Democrats can change the electoral system to make it more likely they will win future elections. This is not reform at all but Democrats, not surprisingly, using their power to change the system to favor their interests, in this instance making the electoral system more favorable to their get out the vote efforts in the future.
But the truth is Obama ran the most successful voter suppression effort, along with his supporters and willing accomplices in the mainstream media, that resulted in millions of potential Republican voters staying home instead of turning out to make Mitt Romney the next president.
The mainstream media helped, no doubt. The mainstream media was entirely in the tank supporting Obama's reelection all throughout the campaign. For most of the campaign, also, the mainstream media sponsored and commissioned several polls of the presidential race that were clearly skewed to show Obama leading by much stronger margins than he really was. This skewing of the polls was intended to create a more broad illusion that Obama's reelection was inevitable regardless of what happened in the rest of the campaign. This was being done even before the first debate between Obama and Mitt Romney, as several media reports at the time declared the race all but over at the time.
Combined with that, the Obama campaign and it's supporting Super PACs embarked on a media blitz of negative advertisements designed to define Mitt Romney so negatively that he would never recover from it even if he responded to it, and that too would suppress voters supporting Romney by further convincing them that their candidate had absolutely no chance of getting elected. These efforts were also clearly designed to suppress financial donations from supporters, which might well effectively be turned into votes by effective efforts of the Romney campaign.
With the help of the mainstream media and the massive effort by the campaign to define and demonize Mitt Romney, the efforts intended and succeeded incredibly effectively in suppressing millions of potential Republican votes in favor of Romney.
To be fair, the Romney campaign through it's own incompetence had a hand also in suppressing their own vote due to the complete and historic failure of their “Orca” get-out-the-vote technology that totally blew up on election day. They hadn't run any pre-election tests of the software and related system, and on election day it failed miserably, possible costing them at least a couple million votes that they might have been able to turn out otherwise.
While President Obama won the popular vote by more than four million votes, piling up huge margins in larger “red” states like California and New York, the four states that Romney lost by a collective margin of about a half million votes, Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Colorado, might well have gone for Romney if had better get-out-the-vote efforts. He might have easily won those states and some more if he hadn't let the other side so easily define and demonize him as candidate. But that's another issue for another commentary.
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