Monday, May 14, 2007

Rove was in it up to his bloated neck.

An article posted on MSNBC's web site, courtesy of the Washington Post, describes how Karl Rove pushed the Justice Department under Alberto Gonzales to politicize prosecutions and use the department to purge voter rolls of Democrats. According to the article, "[n]early half the U.S. attorneys slated for removal by the administration last year were targets of Republican complaints that they were lax on voter fraud, including efforts by...Karl Rove to encourage more prosecutions of election-law violations, according to new documents and interviews."

The distinction between vote fraud and voter fraud is this: vote fraud involves rigging votes, but voter fraud involves individuals who vote illegally. The throwing away of Democratic votes and the purging of poor and minority voters from the rolls, by Katherine Harris in Florida and Ken Blackwell in Ohio, falls into the former category; Ann Coulter casting an illegal ballot falls into the latter (though the FBI later would help the far right-wing liar escape charges). Rove knew, just as his fellow GOPers did, that there was nothing to the accusations of voter fraud. Unfortunately for the fired prosecutors, they knew this, too. And when they refused to pursue baseless accusations by Republicans whose political seats were in jeopardy during last year's midterm elections, Gonzales fired them on orders from the White House.

So the scandal is still going strong. And it may be harder now for Rove to fight a Congressional subpoena to testify under oath about his involvement in it.

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