the “acorn strategy”

Andrew Sullivan, senior editor of “The Atlantic,” during his October 19 appearance on The Chris Matthews Show, had the following to say about the voter-registration group Acorn and the McCain campaign’s seeming insistence on creating controversy where many think none exists:

The McCain campaign has now two camps, and one of them is 
already assuming that he’s lost and he’s aiming for the post-election warfare
 in the Republican Party. And part of that is the ACORN strategy, which is 
trying to de-legitimize the result in advance if Obama were to win by saying
it was rigged by minority voters. That’s what this is about.

Acorn, for what it’s worth, concedes that, in some instances, their employees have submitted bogus registration forms in hopes of being compensated for work they did not do. (Acorn has employed over 13,000 people to collect registrations during this current campaign, registering over 1.3 million people.) In almost all of those cases, however, according to Acorn officials, it has been their internal auditing people that have flagged the suspicious applications and brought them to the attention of election officials. In spite of this fact, conservative commentators and senior officials in the McCain campaign have inferred that the organization is somehow trying to attempt voter fraud.

Today, Acorn, in cooperation with Brave New Films, has released a video exploring the controversy and presenting their case that bogus “voter fraud charges” aim to camouflage voter suppression in minority and economically impoverished areas… Here’s the video:

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  1. Oliva
    Posted October 22, 2008 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Colbert nailed it re. ACORN last eve, showing a clip from 2006 of McCain speaking to ACORN, lauding the organization. Ah, thank you, Colbert. And he got the important point across that the people hired to register voters are required by law to turn in every application, even the ones that are clearly bogus.

  2. Robert
    Posted October 22, 2008 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    It’s pretty disturbing to see anyone accusing other people of things for which they themselves are most guilty. When it happens on the individual level, it’s sociopathic. When it has become such a common personality defect that the demographic is deliberately targeted by interests looking to gain some sort of political advantage, it’s Orwellian.

  3. Meta
    Posted October 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a different view:

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