Monday, August 23, 2004

Florida GOP

If you had any doubts that recent incidents in Florida were purposeful attempts at suppressing the black vote, you can now put them to rest. In today's New York Times, Bob Herbert brings an interesting perspective to these activities which recently included the unprecedented act of having the Florida Highway Patrol "question" elderly, black get-out-the-vote volunteers about their activities.

So what's it really all about?

A Democrat can't win a statewide election in Florida without a high voter turnout - both at the polls and with absentee ballots - of African-Americans," said a man who is close to the Republican establishment in Florida but asked not to be identified. "It's no secret that the name of the game for Republicans is to restrain that turnout as much as possible. Black votes are Democratic votes, and there are a lot of them in Florida."
Read that again.

The next time that anyone from Florida's Republican party or from Jebbie's administration claims that these "interviews" are an innocent investigation or that the deeply and disturbingly flawed felon list was just a mistake, remember that quote, above. Then let them have it with both barrels.

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