Concerning ACORN, the quote of the day goes to Pennsylvania Republican State Chairman Robert Gleason:
With the election being only a couple of weeks away and with more and more incidents of voter fraud coming to light, we don’t believe that we can trust the results of this election
Gleason is the perfect symbol of the crazytown direction that the GOP is heading, up to and including his touching failure to distinguish registration fraud from vote fraud. It fits right in with escalation on several other fronts: violence against ACORN, apocalyptic statements by John McCain in the last debate, hate speech and assault against reporters.
I doubt that Robert Gleason is really as stupid as this crusade makes him look. People like him are too well plugged in for that. From McCain on down the GOP leadership is casting around for some excuse to blunt the shame when Democrats hang them from a hook by the underwear. If GOP front groups carpet the country with enough of anti-voter lawsuits then they might save a couple of competitive districts. John McCain and Bob Gleason aren’t breaking any laws by acting like delusional sore losers.
In other words, people like Bob Gleason who consciously undermine the election are just as innocent as radio hosts who fed racial hate in Rwanda. Gleason didn’t phone in death threats or attack ACORN workers. He didn’t kick a reporter to the ground at a campaign rally. It isn’t Bob Gleason’s problem if some party faithful take his words more seriously than he does.
I know it sounds crazy, but imagine for a second that you bought everything that Gleason and John McCain said. The election was just stolen by a sinister coalition. The presidential election is therefore invalid, the new president’s every official act is an affront to the Constitution. What should you do? Squishy liberals might bitch about it over expensive beer, or write a diary at Kos. Conservatives are made of sterner stuff. Right? Scenarios like that move people to stockpile guns. Anyone who takes Gleason and the Republican candidate for president seriously is living in Ruby Ridge territory.
Peak Wingnut my ass. We’re living in a golden age of sense and calm compared to what comes next.