You know, if the teahadists want to stop being compared to brownshirts, they might want to stop acting like them:
Tea Party members have started challenging voter registration applications and have announced plans to question individual voters at the polls whom they suspect of being ineligible.
In response, liberal groups and voting rights advocates are sounding an alarm, claiming that such strategies are scare tactics intended to suppress minority and poor voters.
In St. Paul, organizers from the Tea Party and related groups announced this week that they were offering a $500 reward for anyone who turned in someone who was successfully prosecuted for voter fraud.
The group is also organizing volunteer “surveillance squads” to photograph and videotape what it suspects are irregularities, and in some cases to follow buses that take voters to the polls.
In Milwaukee last week, several community groups protested the posting of large billboards throughout the city that show pictures of people behind jail bars under the words “We Voted Illegally.” The protesters said the posters — it was not clear who paid for them — were intended to intimidate people from voting.
In Houston, a Tea Party group called the King Street Patriots recently accused a voter registration group, Houston Votes, of turning in voter registration applications with incorrect information.
I’ve never heard of anything so obscene. By what authority can they do this? And why will they not be arrested en masse for voter intimidation?
And does anyone want to take a wild guess what criteria these “patriots” are going to use to determine who should be questioned? But then again, as DougJ noted, two guys did stand on a street corner in “black panther garb” in 2008, so both sides do it…