Bell Curve The Law Talking Guy Raised by Republicans U.S. West
Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace "accidentally" with "repeatedly," and replace "dog" with "son."

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The WSJ goofs again

Has anything good ever come out of the Wall Street Journal? Check out the article. In it, James Taranto makes fun of John Kerry, who had the audacity to claim that there was GOP voter suppression in the last election. Kerry says:

Leaflets are handed out saying Democrats vote on Wednesday, Republicans vote on Tuesday. People are told in telephone calls that if you've ever had a parking ticket, you're not allowed to vote

Taranto, thinking that's untrue, suggests that Kerry may have taken an article from "The Onion" and passed it as fact. Ha ha.

Except, of course, it's true. See for instance this article.

It's so hard to police all the conservative web sites for errors. I guess this is my little contribution.


Raised By Republicans said...

The Wall Street Journal used to be respected as a pro-business but objective newspaper with high standards of journalistic integrity. But during this latest transformation of the Republican party it's become a shameless propaganda sheet...the print version of Fox News.

GaijinBiker said...

Fair enough, but Kerry won Pennsylvania, so the leaflets had no impact on his overall defeat.

In fact, he won Allegheny County (where the leaflets were handed out) with 57%, compared to only 51% statewide.

Bell Curve said...

Fair enough. Though that hardly excuses making and distributing the leaflets, much less making fun of Kerry for saying something that actually happened.

Bell Curve said...

And actually, it makes sense that these pamphlets would be distributed in a highly democratic area to begin with, doesn't it? I guess I don't get your point.

Raised By Republicans said...

Gaijinbiker's observation that the statewide vote was only 51% is critical here. The electoral college delegates are granted based on the state wide vote only (not the county vote). So if the Republicans could get the Democratic margin of victory in Allegheny County down just a little further than 57% it could have meant a Republican victory statewide. Look at Ohio. Democrats won by decent margins in Cayahoga and Franklin Counties but lost statewide because, while still substantial, the Democratic dominance in those urban counties was lower than usual (and there were also accusations of Republican interference with/hindering of voting in Ohio too).

Raised By Republicans said...

Perhaps Gaijinbiker's suggesting that Republican strategists are such efficient "evil genious" types that if they ever set out to fix an election in PA, it would be fixed and stay fixed. And the fact that the Democrats won that state by 1% proves that Republicans weren't even trying to fix the results.