Do the Neo-Cons Need Karl Rove When They Can Count on the Democrats?
by Harvey Wasserman
Published on Thursday, August 16, 2007 by Free Press
Karl Rove scoots off the sunken
White House ship with his plans for future neo-con dominance safe and
securein 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 GOPs 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
themselveswhy vote for Democrats who wont challenge the most
catastrophic GOP outrages?
That question must now be asked again about the illegal destruction
of 1.5 million ballots from Ohios 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 House.
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 Ohios 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 Roves 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 Ohios election records are
every bit as credible as Rove saying hes resigning to spend more time
with my family.
But far from reacting with outrage, the Democrats have merely
shrugged, much as theyve done with the continuation of the Iraq War
and the shredding of the Constitution.
Ohios 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 states counties.
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 Ohios 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
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 Bushs official margin was less than 119,000 votes out of 5.4
million counted, with exit polls showing him 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 dont 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.
Roves notoriously missing extra-official e-mails flowed through
those same servers.
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 2004 ballots.
The fifteen 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,
theyll 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 Roves twisted vision for a neo-con
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 statehouse.
Harvey Wassermans SOLARTOPIA! OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH, A.D. 2030, is at www.solartopia.org. He is senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information & Resource Service, and writes regularly for www.freepress.org, where this article first appeared.