Gore's Failed Florida Fraud
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
What DID cause Pat Buchanan to get all those votes in liberal Palm Beach County during the 2000 elections? Confused old grannies or botched Democrat chicanery?
Let's start off this blog with my most famous observation - the smoking gun that proves the Democrats were guilty of vote fraud in Florida during the 2000 elections.
Not that this was anything out of the ordinary for Democrats. Frankly, I suspect they engaged in vote fraud that year in California, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. And that's just the ones I can make a good case for. There could have been others too.
Among the most blatant was the urban Philadelphia precinct that saw a 112% voter turnout. Yes, and they still argue most people are too turned off to vote. If they can get EVERY registered voter in a precinct to vote PLUS an additional twelve percent, I'd say either they've cured the problem of voter apathy or the Democrats pulled a fast one. Pennsylvania, by the way, was the state that in 2000 saw Democrat Al Gore win the state's electoral votes for president by a narrow margin while Republican Rick Santorum, one of the most conservative members of the U.S. Senate, won re-election easily. Something smells here...and it isn't Scranton.
Some Michigan precincts, home to big labor unions, also topped the century mark in voter participation. This was a state leaning to George W. Bush in pre-Election Day polls but quickly went for Gore instead.
In Wisconsin, there were Democrats bribing the homeless with cartons of cigarettes for their votes while University of Wisconsin college students bragged of using the state's liberal same-day-registration voting laws to cast ballots for Gore in roving packs that registered anew as they moved from precinct to precinct, often using fictitious names to register. Gore won that state narrowly as well.
Liberal voter registration laws and easily tampered vote-by-mail schemes were the rage of the West Coast from San Diego to Seattle and everywhere in between. The results were a landslide for Democrats. In Illinois, the Chicago Democrat machinery stuffed the box with fake ballots even though Gore was already expected to win the state. You see, vote fraud is a tradition in Chicago, much like the Cubs missing the playoffs. I don't doubt Al Capone is still a registered Democrat there.
The Elusive Butterfly
Now that I've established that Democrats can and do commit vote fraud, let's go back to Palm Beach County, Florida where the Democrat hijacking scheme ran headlong into Murphy's Law.
Ms. Theresa LePore, a Democrat, was the young lady responsible for putting together the election ballot in Palm Beach County. By law, she had to send a sample ballot to each party as well as several other local officials to see if there might be any objections to the presentation on the ballot. This was, you may recall, the infamous "butterfly ballot" that would soon be the consternation of thousands of confused senior citizens in South Florida incapable of following an arrow from a name to a punch hole. Ms. LePore received no objections from anyone.
The butterfly ballot display was to be an overlay under which the voter placed their computer card ballot. The voter then found the name they wanted to vote for, followed the arrow next to the name to the adjacent hole in the overlay and punched the stylus through the hole. This used to be the method where I lived so I can verify this is a relatively easy way to cast a vote and yet I will admit to rechecking my ballot before dropping it in the box. That's because, if you don't push the computer card all the way into place, it's possible to vote one hole off for every vote you cast.
To reduce the chance of this happening, the ballots and the computer cards number the holes to punch so as correspond with each other. Since the presidential election was the first item on the ballot, the Republican candidate for president, George W. Bush, was assigned to Hole #3. This was the first hole on the ballot one could choose. Bush got the top spot because Republicans won the day in the last statewide election (governor). The second spot, Hole #4, was assigned to the Democrat Party candidate, Al Gore. The third spot, Hole #5, was assigned to Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan. The fouth spot, Hole #6, was given to the candidate from the Socialist Party, David McReynolds.
After reviewing the ballot, LePore had a thought. Because the "butterfly ballot" creates two columns of candidates, she decided that more voters would see the Gore/Lieberman spot if it was directly underneath Bush/Cheney rather than across the page. So Gore was moved to Hole #5 rather than Hole #4 which was given to Buchanan instead. Murphy smiled.
Confused Grannies On The March
When Election Day arrived, there was panic. Old ladies in Palm Beach County were said to complain that they voted for Buchanan when they meant to vote for Gore. This drumbeat began before the polls were closed. It grew to a critical mass where scores of senior citizens were admitting on national television that they were too confused to vote properly, casting doubt on the validity of the election totals.
At least that's what the Democrats and their liberal friends in the media wanted you to think.
The smoking gun is the admission, buried deep in the Washington Post in the days after the election, that the Democratic National Committee diverted telemarketers at a Texas-based company called TeleQuest from their important get-out-the-vote phonebanks to call back Palm Beach County Democrat voters using a script that urged them to contact their polling places if they believed they had voted in error.
Once a vote is cast, it's irretrievable and, while voters can recast a vote if their ballot has been spoiled, they cannot recast a vote because they believed later on that they had been mistaken. For Democrats at the highest level to take needed resources away from other get-out-the-vote efforts to chase this red herring is proof that this wasn't the real purpose for stirring up this sensation.
Let's deconstruct the myth. Assume for a moment that you walked out of your precinct and felt that somehow you made a terrible mistake when you voted. Would you tell your friends? You might. What would be the likelihood that your friends would confess that they, too, voted for the wrong person? Not likely, but let's say that they did. So the group of you called your local congressman, a Democrat, and told them about your mass mistake. Do you think he'd take time out from a busy day campaigning for his own job to act on your complaint? And do you think he'd take your problem seriously enough to notify the national boys of what a horrible mistake you and your friends made? I'd seriously doubt it.
But let's say the DNC thought your little problem was so important that they would contact one of their phone banks and take away from the vital get-out-the-vote calls they were making to voters in other states just so they could call back voters in your area who might have been just as confused on the mega-longshot possibility that you might be able to vote a second time? Is a major national political party really going to take time out on Election Day to turn their world upside down on behalf of a few confused old bitties? If you buy that premise, I've got some prime Okefenokee swampland to sell you.
What About The Buchanan Brigade?
But the "proof" is there, they'll say. Pat Buchanan received 3,407 votes in Palm Beach County, far more than any other county in the state. Further, all but 103 of these were made on Election Day, not absentee. Buchanan, himself, said there was no way he could see himself getting that many votes from that one county.
Democrats charged that Buchanan's votes actually belonged to Gore and the voters were victims of the confusing butterfly ballot. In fact, analysis of voting patterns reveal that the flood of Buchanan votes came from precincts that voted overwhelmingly for Gore.
But there's a problem with that premise. Since the ballot had the names in one column staggered from the other, you'd expect similar mistake votes to show up for the Socialist McReynolds if the confusion was about how to lineup Gore's name with the proper punch hole. But McReynolds got only 302 votes countywide, not the 3,407 Buchanan got. Buchanan received over ten times the votes that the other candidate across from Gore received.
Statistically, one would expect a percentage of McReynolds' votes to be somewhat close to Buchanan's if the mistakes of Gore voters were random. Who knows? Maybe half of the mistake votes for Buchanan actually intended to vote for Bush! We'll never know.
What we are left with is an inexplicable vote total for Pat Buchanan covered by an implausible explanation for why it happened. Here's an alternate possiblity that, frankly, makes more sense than the pablum pushed by the media.
The Fix Is In
I believe the Palm Beach fiasco was Democrat vote fraud gone awry. Remember that, to have a chance, Gore needed to sweep tight contests in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida to reach the White House. By 7 p.m. Eastern, the television networks, likely with a few tipped off in advance to the grand scam, hastily called Gore the winner in Michigan and Pennsylvania to establish the Gore momentum. At 7:49 p.m. Eastern, while the conservative Florida panhandle had eleven minutes left to cast votes, the networks proclaimed Gore the winner in Florida. This in spite of the fact that the three states were expected to be close and easy Bush wins in states like North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia took much longer for the networks to project a winner.
The effect would be two-fold. Calling Florida before the polls closed caused an estimated 23,000 panhandle voters to go home rather than cast a vote. Of these, roughly 2/3rds were Bush voters. The net difference for Bush was an estimated 10,000-to-11,500 votes.
As a bonus, the early lead for Gore, with important bellweather states already seemingly in his pocket, likely depressed Bush voter turnout in other states as well where polls were still open. It might have made a difference in razor-thin races such as New Mexico, Iowa and Wisconsin. I believe this was orchestrated behind the scenes for the media to call the state for Gore for precisely those reasons.
How could the media know with such certainty that Gore had won Florida? Perhaps they'd been told the fix was in. And it would have worked except for Palm Beach County.
This was a county that was easy to rig. Palm Beach is a known bastion of senior citizens from the Northeast and others who vote overwhelmingly Democrat. All three memebers of the county's election board were Democrats, including partisan Carol Roberts who said during the post-election recounts that she was willing to go to jail to ensure Gore got elected.
Senior citizens also have a high mortality rate. Anyone with access to death records would be able to tell which registered voters wouldn't be showing up that Tuesday to vote. Easily, an insider could find a way to vote on their behalf without it being obvious to detect.
And it was clear after the election that some Democrats drive around with voting machines (called Vote-A-Matic) in the trunk of their cars - allegedly to educate senior citizens on how to vote but might they also be used for more than educating?
The Real Florida Fiasco
I believe that, as part of the campaign to steal Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida from Bush and give a decisive momentum swing to Gore, something he needed badly if he was going to extend the Clinton presidency to a third term, Palm Beach County Democrats stuffed ballots for Al Gore. Only, at some point, all or some of those ballots were accidentally punched for Hole #4 (Buchanan) instead of Hole #5 (Gore). It may have been someone who saw the originally proposed ballot or someone who just assumed that the second place on the ballot would represent the Democrat candidate. Maybe it was Ms. Roberts or Ms. LePore that did the dirty work or perhaps it was some trusted aide.
In any case, it would make sense that 2,000-to-3,000 votes were manufactured for the wrong guy. And those doing the forgery didn't realize their mistake until after they had submitted the ballots to be counted.
Florida was swarming with reporters who believed the Sunshine State would ultimately settle the presidency. Even if it didn't, they could still report on the angle of Gore trying to claim the state where Bush's brother was governor. When the results were made public, surely somebody would wonder how conservative Pat Buchanan became so suddenly popular in heavily-Democrat Palm Beach County.
A cover story needed to be invented to explain the disparity. Now things start to make sense. Democrats began planting seeds with their senior citizen base that there may have been confusion regarding the butterfly ballot. They rounded up trusted Gore supporters and asked them to complain to the press about those confusing ballots. They also let Representatives Robert Wexler and Peter Deutsch, both Democrats, in on the problem and they likely contacted the DNC, feigning of course to be responding to citizen complaints. The fact that the DNC responded in the way that they did underscores how they grasped the gravity of the situation. They were running a high-stakes no-margin-for-error fraud on the American people and now a screwup might cost them everything. Had they believed that the problem was actually just a few confused old ladies, they never would have reallocated get-out-the-vote resources as a response.
As we all now know, the Democrats tried to salvage their effort with a prolonged campaign to count spoiled ballots while excluding legal ballots cast by our military overseas. Gore held the country hostage for more than a month trying to make up a deficit in Florida that wouldn't have existed had the vote fraud scheme worked like it should have.
George W. Bush was officially declared the victor in Florida by 537 votes and was sworn in as the nation's 43rd president - although not without constant taunts from Democrats as being "illegitimate", perhaps because they knew they had rigged the election so he couldn't win and yet he won anyway.
Theresa LePore could sympathize with Bush in a manner of speaking. She was trashed by her own party for coming up with the butterfly ballot but perhaps also because the grand plot failed over a mistake that happened on her watch. She resigned as a member of the Democrat Party in May of 2001. Perhaps it was the threats from angry liberals. Or perhaps it was due to a guilty conscience.
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