By Greg Palast.
Updated from the original article published on TheMudflats.net
Note from TheMudflats.net: In 2011 Karl Rove wrote a column calledÂ â€œWhy Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012â€ – Rove was betting on North Carolina to be a swing state for the Republicans… Romney took the state but to Rove’s surprise he failed at stealing Ohio for the third time. Just Google “Karl Rove Meltdown,”Â and you’ll see a video fromÂ Fox News election night, he did not take it well.
After the knock-down of the Voting Rights Act by the US Supreme Court earlier this year North Carolina jumped at the chance to change their voting laws â€“ claiming, as these states always do â€“ that the changes would actually protect the vote. Never mind that over 300,000 people were instantly disenfranchised due to the lack of the an ‘acceptable’ ID. BBC Investigative Journalist (and Mudflats Contributor) Greg Palast has long gone after this premise – calling voter fraud itself a fraud. Â In an interview with BuzzflashÂ he said:
“However, the Republican cry of ‘Vote Fraud!’ has become the cover for purges and challenges to legal voters by the millions. I even tracked down and filmed some of these so-called fraudulent voters handed me from a GOP list. Every one was a legal voter.”
With the Voting Rights Act no longer protecting voters in key states as it has for decades the DOJ is acting on the voter suppression laws that North Carolina has imposed on their voters.
Whatever Democrat hopes to run for President in 2016 better hope that the Justice Department prevails in the Tar Heel state as this excerpt from Â Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps shows it’s importance will only be growing.
[Greg Palast is currently editing a film detailing the effect of these laws and big money in American elections – you can watch the trailer below – and donate to support the project â€“ TheMudflats will be getting exclusive excerpts as the project continues]
â€œWhy Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012â€ is the title of a column Karl Rove wrote in the Wall Street Journal in June 2011.
Itâ€™s not Roveâ€™s prediction: this is his plan to make sure Obama will lose. Thatâ€™s fine with meâ€”if Rove prefers vanilla to chocolate, hey, itâ€™s a free country. But how Rove plans to take Obama down is contained in the subhead, and it gives me the chills:
â€œeven a small drop in the share of black voters would wipe out [Obamaâ€™s] winning margin in North Carolina.â€
Here, Rove is not talking about winning by convincing black voters to vote Republican. The key to victory is preventing the black vote. Period. Rove suggests, with a wink and nudge, the Game Plan:
â€œIf their [black votersâ€™] share of the turnout drops just one point in North Carolina, Mr. Obamaâ€™s 2008 winning margin there is wiped out two and a half times over.â€
The smell of freshly laundered white sheets, brown shirts, and sulfur is unmistakable: The key to Republican victory, in the Carolinas and nationwide, then, is making sure black people donâ€™t turn out. Or, if they do, that theyâ€™re turned away. Or, if they canâ€™t be turned away, that their votes are not counted.
If Rove can stand in the polling station doorway and block three million voters from entering and bulldoze another three million ballots into a landfill he can make the Ice Manâ€™s dreams come true.
I can report that Rove is well on his way to success, and heâ€™s only just begun. How Rove and his compadres set out to do thatâ€”eliminate six million votes and votersâ€”and how he and his partners have done it in the past to black voters, Hispanic voters, students, Jews, and any kind of Blue-ish voterâ€” thatâ€™s the story youâ€™ll get here. And not just Roveâ€™s sleight of hand, but deliberate ballot-burgling done by others in the GOP andâ€”cover the childrenâ€™s ears!â€”Democrats too.
When voting-rights attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. joined our investigations team in 2008, he examined the latest documents weâ€™d squirreled out of Republican Party head- quartersâ€™ files. And then he said, speaking of Karl Rove and his associate Tim Griffin, â€œWhat they did was absolutely illegalâ€”and they knew it and they did it anyway. Griffin should be in jail.â€
But Griffinâ€™s not in jail, heâ€™s in Congress. Rove is not in prison, either. According to IRS records, heâ€™s director of a nonprofit â€œsocial welfareâ€ organization. American Crossroads GPS, tax-exempt under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, aims to improve societyâ€™s welfare by dragging Democrats out of their seats in Congress and removing The Black One from the White House.
Let me be clear: whether Obama is reelected, thatâ€™s none of my business. As a journalist, I stay clear of cuddling up to candidates of either party. Who gets elected, well, thatâ€™s your problem, gringo.
Iâ€™m a reporter, and itâ€™s not my job to preserve Democrats. But preserving democracy, with that fragile little d, that means something to me.
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It was investigative reporter Greg Palast, for The Guardian and BBC Television who uncovered Katherine Harris purge of Black voters in 2000.
HeÂ is the author of the New York Times bestsellers,Â Billionaires & Ballot Bandits,Â The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Armed Madhouse and the highly acclaimedÂ Vultures’ Picnic, named Book of the Year 2012 on BBC Newsnight Review.