Ruth Johnson: Vote Killer, Romney Hack, Liar
We’ve been here, folks, a Secretary of State crosses i’s and dots a few t’s and the idea is to turn the election in favor of your guy. And Ruth Johnson of Michigan is doing it so boldly, so moronically, that she’s threatening her own office.
As you probably know, many states have what’s called a “sore loser” law to prevent candidates from running in one party, gathering support and running as an independent later. You lose the Michigan primary? You can’t be a sore loser and try to play spoiler. However, here’s where Secretary of State Ruth Johnson screwed up: Gary Johnson didn’t run in the Michigan primary. He pulled out early in the campaign season precisely so he wouldn’t be a sore loser. In fact, he even filed in Michigan to withdraw.
The bureau of elections CLAIMED they received the filing only THREE MINUTES AFTER THE DEADLINE. A) That’s probably a complete and utter lie. B) the letters and the correspondence say that Johnson has a “FILING” deadline, which is not the same as “must be received by.” They must backdate it to the time it was postmarked – NOT WHEN THEY FELT LIKE LOOKING AT IT. C) Three minutes? Oh, please. You can lie better than that.
This is the most obvious dirty trick I have ever seen in politics – particularly when you realize that the person who drafted the ballot-denial letter was none other than Michigan Romney Campaign Director Attorney General Bill Schuette.
Conflict of interest. Lies. Ballot access denied. THIS is change from hope and change?!
What Planet Is He From?
Rand Paul occasionally makes good decisions and choices – he slowed down the Patriot Act, he made some nice noises about CISPA and NDAA. But today (and a few weeks ago) he showed where his bread is buttered – right on the tattoo above his bunghole that says “Insert GOP here.” And in Rand’s own homophobic parlance – “I can’t imagine a gayer strategy.”
Rand Paul proved today that he is a willing servant of two masters – Mitt Romney and Paul Inc. What people don’t seem to understand about Ron and Rand is that they’re not actually the idealist stalwarts that most people think they are. Like Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, they flip and flop; they just do it for a smaller niche. Ron Paul gets a few nice checks from racists? He’ll say something nice about them in his newsletters so more neo-Nazis can write checks. Rand starts getting bucks from mega-churches? There go the gay people – right in front of the bus. It’s always been about money and branding.
And Ron has been raking it in as a GOP supporting actor. And Ron wants the same truckload of loony-bucks for his son. Everyone on the inside knows this: while most people think Ron’s the most honest man in politics, there will come a time very soon when his books open up. And that perception will be dashed.
Of *course* Rand is going to endorse the Fed-loving, corporatist, marijuana-killing, brown-people-hating, abort-’em-then-don’t-abort-’em Mitt Romney – because Rand’s not a libertarian anymore (apart from a few nice speeches). He’s a Republican.