Update: More on the below in a comment posted HERE. This is not about students and their federal right to vote. It’s about potential fraud. We need procedures in place with built-in safeguards to protect the Iowa caucuses from Big Neighbor Chicago and its voting dead (or in this case, export voters).
Democrats will not tolerate another election stolen by Ripublicans – neither in the Florida sun nor under the Buckeye shade.
But in the frosty Iowa fields another stolen election threatens. This time a Ripublican-talking-points-spewing-Democrat is the probable, not-so-silent, election thief.
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Imagine if you will, the uproar, the horror, the editorials, the Big Blog rage, the PINO whelps, the Naderite fury, the Big Media savaging — if the Hillary Clinton campaign decided to organize and finance an operation to outsource the New Hampshire primary. Imagine – if the Hillary Clinton campaign organized, financed and implemented an invasion by armies of New Yorkers to vote in the New Hampshire Primary.
It would be perfectly legal. There are sufficient loopholes in the New Hampshire election law. Hotel/dormitories can accomodate mass barracks for imported New York turned New Hampshire voters. According to New Hampshire election law:
You may also register on election day at the polling place.
There is no minimum period of time you are required to have lived in the state before being allowed to register.
Of course, the Hillary Clinton campaign will do no such thing. The Hillary Clinton campaign will respect the integrity of the New Hampshire primary. Just because the financing and organization of such an effort is legal – it is wrong. Legal – but wrong. The New Hampshire primary belongs to the citizens of New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire primary belongs to the citizens of New Hampshire and the Iowa caucuses, flawed as they might be, belong to the citizens of Iowa. Because the caucus/primary system affects all Americans it is imperative that their integrity be protected.
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Today, the respected Des Moines Register poll of Iowa was released. The election in Iowa is “tight as a tick”. David Yepsen of the Register has written an analysis of the poll results to accompany the statistics of the poll:
Obama’s gained 6 points in the last month and has opened up a statistically insignificant lead over Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. That lead looks even weaker when you consider a chunk of Obama’s support comes from younger adults, who are notoriously poor caucusgoers. (Only 5 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers are under 25. In 2004, only 17 percent were under 29.)
So he needs to light some fires under those voters. Last week, he tried to do that by unloading a 50,000-piece flier aimed at college students. The piece even urged those “not from Iowa” to register to vote and caucus in their campus communities.
On October 4, 2007 we began to report on the accumulating evidence of potential theft of the Iowa caucuses by the Chicago mob and their barracked armies of Chicago imports. We noted with alarm a report in our comments section, by Celiff, an Iowan college student on October 15:
We just had our first students-for meeting, and we have an energized crew of youngins. I told them about the Big Pink, and also told them that Edwards’s national campaign IS Iowa, and Obama is going to bus in kids from Chicago 3 days before the caucuses…
At the recent Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Iowa there were so many Chicagoans bused in by the Obama campaign that Senator Biden greeted them by saying “Hello Chicago”. Reportedly thousands of Obama supporters were imported to Iowa that night. The Iowa caucuses should not be outsourced to Chicago politics.
In that same article we posted a Hillary Clinton “how to caucus” video which confirmed the lax registration procedures for the Iowa caucuses.
We summarized our findings about the threat to the integrity of the Iowa caucuses in an article written on November 18, 2007. We impishly ended the article by including a quote from Obama hero Ronald Reagan: Affirmative steps will be needed to protect the Iowa caucuses. As Obama hero Ronald Reagan used to say about the Soviet Union: Trust but verify.
Yesterday, Big Media outlets began to seriously report on this possible theft of the Iowa caucuses. The Des Moines Register’s David Yepsen fired the first shot at Obama’s outsourcing attempt:
That’s fine but these are the Iowa caucuses. Asking people who are “not from Iowa” to participate in them changes the nature of the event.
And trying to pack the caucuses with people from Illinois might taint Obama’s showing. Polls show Obama is in a close race with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. Recent surveys show him with a lead of a few points. If he wins the Iowa caucuses with Illinois votes, his victory would be discounted by his opponents and media people.
The issue of out-of-state residents caucusing in Iowa came up recently when one of the candidates, Chris Dodd, urged his rivals to promise not to encourage their staffers working in Iowa to register as voters so they could participate in the caucuses here. Most of them agreed, including Obama’s campaign. (And, frankly, a few hundred staffers wouldn’t have much of an impact on the outcome anyway. Besides, most of those staffers will be working on caucus night and wouldn’t have time to participate.)
But turning out-of-state college students into Iowa voters is a different, larger, matter. Thousands of votes are involved and it risks offending long-time Iowa residents.
But, then, they do politics a little differently in Illinois than they do in Iowa.
The Chicago Tribune reported Senator Dodd’s concern:
”I was deeply disappointed to read today about the Obama campaign’s attempt to recruit thousands of out-of-state residents to come to Iowa for the caucuses,” Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut said in a statement. “’New Politics’ shouldn’t be about scheming to evade either the spirit or the letter of the rules that guide the process. That may be the way politics is played in Chicago, but not in Iowa.”
The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is drawing some local skepticism for a drive to recruit non-Iowans to caucus at their Iowa colleges.
“If you are not from Iowa, you can come back for the Iowa caucus and caucus in your college neighborhood,” says a four-page “Students for Barack Obama” brochure provided to Politico.
David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register, the state’s leading political commentator, wrote in a blog post called “The Illinois Caucus” that the effort to increase participation by out-of-staters “risks offending long-time Iowa residents.”
“Given that lots of students in Iowa’s colleges and universities are from Obama’s neighboring home state of Illinois, the effort could net him thousands of additional votes on caucus night,” Yespen wrote.
The Obama campaign contends that it’s doing nothing unusual — that Iowa college students have long caucused near their colleges. And a separate Reigster news article quoted Iowa Secretary of State Michael Mauro as saying of the Obama instructions: “I think it’s playing within the rules.”
A Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign official said: “We are not courting out-of-staters. The Iowa caucus ought to be for Iowans.”
Chris Dodd for President Iowa State Director Julie Andreeff Jensen said in a statement on Saturday:
“I was deeply disappointed to read today about the Obama campaign’s attempt to recruit thousands of out-of-state residents to come to Iowa for the caucuses. … ‘New Politics’ shouldn’t be about scheming to evade either the spirit or the letter of the rules that guide the process. That may be the way politics is played in Chicago, but not in Iowa.”
The instruction is part of an Obama campaign effort to counteract a potentially serious blow to youth support for his campaign: The Jan. 3 caucus date means colleges will still be on holiday break. [snip]
Yepsen wrote that the out-of-state college students’ participation would be legal, but said he isn’t certain “whether it’s fair, or politically smart.”
“No presidential campaign in memory has ever made such a large, open attempt to encourage students from out of state, many of whom pay out-of-state tuition, to participate in the caucuses.,” he said. “No other campaign appears to be doing it in this campaign cycle.”
The student section of BarackObama.com has a “Rock the Caucus” section designed to make it as easy as possible for collegiate supporters of Obama to turn out.
“Join the Facebook group to learn more,” the site says. “If you are 17 years old — you can still caucus! Just as long as you are 18 by Nov. 4, 2008. You do not have to register beforehand — just show up at the caucus. … We at the Obama campaign have plenty of resources for students out, especially if it is your first time caucusing!”
The question of who can participate was already sticky. In early November, Dodd’s campaign staff asked the campaigns to pledge that their out-of-state staff and volunteers would not attempt to caucus. Most of the campaigns signed the pledge.
The Clinton official said: “We have a policy that if you move to Iowa for the express purpose of working on the campaign, you can not caucus.”
[As a side note, way back on August 12, 2007 we wrote The Coming Obama Whine. We noted the problem of the calendar as it pertains to the youth vote and that many young voters would be gone from Iowa and New Hampshire if the caucus/primary dates moved to earlier dates – which they have. Obama was essentially building his mansion on unstable sand.
If the primary schedule keeps moving earlier and earlier the universities and colleges of Iowa and New Hampshire will be on vacation when the voting takes place.
None of this can come as a surprise to the Obama campaign. But they have been silent on the issues relating to the calendar. We suspect that as their campaign collapses they will find in the calendar the ready excuse they will need. They will whine that the calendar robbed them of their organizers and voters. In Iowa, they will yelp that there is no way to caucus absentee.
Apparently Obama has decided to band-aid the blunder of ignoring the campaign calendar by simply increasing the volume of imported voters.]
After doing fine work earlier in the day, Politico swallowed Obama dumb pills. Politico tried to create a sense of moral equivalence between the Obama organized and financed armada of imported Chicagoans — and a singular Hillary Clinton supporter, co-chair of Students for Hillary Sarah Sunderman, returning to Iowa to caucus.
The Obama campaign continued to try to justify, with flowery words, the potential theft of the Iowa caucuses by Obama’s Chicago mob. The Hillary Clinton campaign issued a statement drawing the distinction, which Politico earlier failed to grasp, when it published a smear against the dedicated Sarah Sunderman. The Hillary Clinton campaign declared:
There’s a big difference here. We are not systematically trying to manipulate the Iowa caucuses with out of state people. We don’t have literature recruiting out of state college students. We didn’t bus in folks from out of state to the JJ. We didn’t bring in out of state activists to the Heartland Forum.
Politico finally did the decent thing and grudgingly exonerated the good Ms Sarah Sunderman:
Also, I’m told the out-of-state student backing Clinton, whom I mentioned earlier, was born in Iowa and plans to live here after she graduates, for what it’s worth.
Big Media has utterly failed to fairly report the problems with the last two presidential elections. Big Media has many other failures too long to list here.
Today Big Media began to do a minimal amount of reporting on the threats to an honest Iowa caucus process.
Except for the two Chicago newspapers which know Obama best, Big Media has failed to report on the many questions related to Barack Obama. No Rezko. No Chicago suicide.
We have the audacity of hope that Big Media, out of its own self-interest, will soon begin to dig into the dubious activities of the Chicago mob, including the potential theft of the Iowa caucuses.
Democrats should fight against election theft – not enable it.