Senior McCain strategist dismisses voter fraud “mythology”

Talk about going off script! Check out this video excerpt (courtesy of the folks at Think Progress) of Steve Schmidt — former senior strategist for 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain — describing the issue of “voter fraud” in modern America. Here’s the transcript:

SCHIMDT: I think that one of the things you always want to be for whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you want everyone who is eligible to vote to vote. That’s how you want to win elections. I think that all of this stuff that has transpired over the last two years is in search of a solution to a problem, voting fraud, that doesn’t really exist when you look deeply at the question. It’s part of the mythology now in the Republican Party that there’s widespread voter fraud across the country. In fact, there’s not. Both sides are lawyered up to the nth degree and they’ll all posture back and forth on it but it probably won’t come down to lawyers.

Of course, based on our experience here in North Carolina over the last two years — be it the marriage discrimination amendment, the effort to repeal the Racial Justice Act or any number of other regressive proposals advanced in the name of solving nonexistent problems — it seems unlikely that Schmidt’s brand of common sense analysis will have any impact on the right-wing politicians running the show.    

 

6 Comments

  1. david esmay

    November 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    The only voter fraud being perpetrated in this election is by republicans, notably Rick Scott in Florida. Hopefully the DOJ is issuing a warrant for his arrest on civil rights violations as we speak. Considering he over saw the largest instance of medicare fraud in history, beating out Mitt Romney and the Damon Corp. by a few hundred million, he is probably familiar with the warrant process.

  2. JeffS

    November 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    All the intelligent people know voter fraud doesn’t exist, and this includes the vast majority of the national (but perhaps not local) GOP leadership.

    It’s just one of those things they do to keep their less acute constituents riled up. Clearly it works, and we certainly do not need anyone to admit it to know the deal. If the people who believe it stopped tomorrow, they would still have a dozen and one reasons to hate, distrust and despise “them”.

    If anyone should fear voter fraud it’s the democrats. I’m sure we all remember the last close presidential election, and it wasn’t stolen at the ballot box.

  3. Frank Burns

    November 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Jeff, What is the basis for your statement, “All the intelligent people know,,,”? That statement has an arrogant ring to it, maybe that was your intent. Would former president Jimmy Carter be on your intelligent people list? He recommended the use of photo IDs from his Federal Election Commission study due to the real risk of fraud. http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=8713

    The majority of the public supports the use of photo IDs as a prudent precaution to limit the risk of voter fraud.

  4. david esmay

    November 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    So far all voting fraud, one case in Nevada of a Republican trying to vote twice. Cases of True the Vote Tea idiots and Republicans committing voter suppression and intimidation, many.

  5. david esmay

    November 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Oregon Republican election worker arrested for altering ballots. Evidence of Republicant voter suppression and intimidation in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio. When you can’t win on issues, steal.

  6. david esmay

    November 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Frank, the basis for his statement is that you hold the opposing view. You set the benchmark, now live with it.