Karl Rove scoots off the sunken White House ship with his
plans for future neocon dominance safe and secure -- in the hands of Democrats
unwilling or incapable of challenging his dirtiest deeds.
Elected to end a lunatic war, the Democratic Congress has
prolonged it, earning approval ratings even lower than those of George W. Bush,
whom Rove designated as a "war president" long before the attack on
The Democrats have also signed off on the GOP's all-out
assault on the Constitution, meekly certifying a "unitary executive"
with totalitarian demands for a blanket suspension of civil liberties,
arbitrary detention, official torture and more.
Once again voters will approach a presidential election
asking themselves -- why vote for Democrats who won't challenge the most
catastrophic GOP outrages?
That question must now be asked again about the illegal
destruction of 1.5 million ballots from Ohio's stolen 2004 election. The mass
shredding includes a wide range of official documents critical to conducting a
valid recount in the state that gave Bush/Rove a second term in the White
Breaking a total mainstream media blackout, the Cincinnati
Enquirer has finally printed a front-page story on the felonious disposal of
these federally-protected records by 56 of Ohio's 88 counties.
The records were shielded until September 2, 2006, by
federal mandate, and since then by a federal court order obtained through a
class action lawsuit. The counties were also required to inform the Ohio
Historical Society before any such records were destroyed.
The counties have responded to critics with an absurd array
of "dog ate my homework" excuses reminiscent of Rove's laptop during
his lighter moments. Some of the ballots were ruined by a coffee pot, says one
county. Flooding hit others, they say. In one county, recyclers were to blame.
In another, counterfeit ballots have been discovered.
In short, the excuses for destroying Ohio's election records
are every bit as credible as Rove saying he's resigning to "spend more
time with my family."
But far from reacting with outrage, the Democrats have
merely shrugged, much as they've done with the continuation of the Iraq war and
the shredding of the Constitution.
Ohio's Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has
told the media she sees "no evidence" this mass deep-sixing of
official records was done "purposefully" by nearly two-thirds of the
By contrast, under Republican Governor Jeb Bush, only one
Florida county destroyed its records and ballots from the 2000 election. The
rest of the materials are safely on file at a repository in Tallahassee. A
thorough media-sponsored investigation used them to conclude that Al Gore was
the rightful winner.
While campaigning in 2006, Brunner promised to establish a
similar facility in Columbus. Riding a huge popular revulsion against incumbent
Republicans, she won in a landslide that also ushered in a Democratic governor,
attorney-general and U.S. senator.
But except for Freepress.org, no independent team has
conducted a systematic analysis of Ohio's 2004 election. Our conclusion remains
that John Kerry was the rightful winner. Evidence continuing to surface has
deepened that conviction.
As part of the King-Lincoln-Bronzeville lawsuit that secured
a federal court mandate for the protection of these materials, it was our
expectation that the Freepress.org and other media teams would have time to
access those preserved materials for a definitive, ultimately conclusive study.
In a new reality emblematic of the Age of Rove, that will
now be impossible.
By all rights, the staff and election boards of all the 56
counties should be subject to investigation and possible federal and state
Emblematic of the Democratic Party in the Age of Rove, there
seems no movement in that direction.
In the wake of the destruction of these historic materials,
Brunner has also told the media she sees "no evidence" that Kerry
could have won the 2004 election.
But Bush's official margin was less than 119,000 votes out
of 5.4 million counted, with exit polls showing Kerry the clear winner. More
than 100,000 ballots remain uncounted. The litany of ballot stuffing,
electronic manipulation, voter intimidation and fraud has now been overshadowed
by the illegal destruction of 1.5 million votes cast in precincts that had
inflated totals for Bush, according to exit polls. Essential auditing materials
were destroyed in the key Republican counties that gave Bush his official
margin of victory. In at least one of those counties, counterfeit ballots have
surfaced in large numbers.
The Democrats also don't seem to care that the servers used
to compute the Ohio 2004 vote count were the same ones that housed the web site
for the Republican National Committee.
Those servers (which were lodged in the basement of a bank
in Chattanooga, Tennessee) mysteriously "malfunctioned" during a
critical period in the deep night of the election when a 200,000-vote exit poll
margin for John Kerry somehow morphed into a victory for Bush/Rove. Rove's
notoriously missing "extra-official" e-mails flowed through those
Congressional Democrats now pursue Rove over the firing of
federal attorneys who refused to play along with the GOP plan to disenfranchise
millions of American voters in the lead-up to 2008. But Bush is certain to
shield Rove with a pardon, and the matter seems as likely to fade away as those
The 15 months until the 2008 election can qualify as many
lifetimes in American politics. Unless the Democrats confront this horrendous
war and stop the obliteration of the American Constitution, they'll give voters
little reason to bother coming out for them in 2008.
And unless they face the realities of the last two stolen
presidential elections, Karl Rove's twisted vision for a neocon America could
easily survive the loss of the presidency to a nominal Democrat in 2008, just
as it thrives unimpeded after the 2006 loss of Congress and the Ohio
This article originallyappeared in The Free Press.
Wasserman is co-author, with Bob Fitrakis, of HOW THE GOP STOLE AMERICA'S 2004
ELECTION & IS RIGGING 2008, available at freepress.org,
where this article first appeared. HARVEY WASSERMAN'S HISTORY OF THE US is at www.solartopia.org, along with SOLARTOPIA!
OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH, A.D. 2030.