Losing My Illusions

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Heather “Digby” Parton at Salon:

GOP’s vote-suppressing militia: Why Scott Walker’s thugs are getting violent

Scott Walker may want to be president, but he’s got to win statewide first. And he’s pulling out all the stops

It seems like a long time ago but it’s actually been just a couple of years since a whole bunch of Wisconsin voters had second thoughts about the man they’d elected to the governor’s office and decided they couldn’t wait another two years to be rid of him. That recall election was a national story, with public employee unions and other progressive types lining up against the conservative majority that beat back the recall. Now Scott Walker is beating back what seems like endless ethics charges and legal scandals and is fighting for his political life. The man who was once touted as the Great Midwestern GOP Hope is rarely mentioned anymore for the presidency. He may even lose his seat in November.

One of the most interesting stories of that recall election was the extent to which the Republicans were willing to engage in no-holds-barred vote suppression largely led by a national group of vote suppression experts, the “poll watching” group known as True the Vote. Despite no evidence ever being produced to show that systematic voter fraud exists or that any election has been decided by people who are ineligible to vote, True the Vote has managed to create the illusion that challenging voters at the polls is all that’s saving the republic from an otherwise inevitable coup d’état led by a secret cabal of Democrats rigging elections with ineligible voters. Apparently, this is the only way they can explain to themselves that they are not universally popular.

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A local Wisconsin activist named Meg Gorski captured a screen shot of some tweets by a group calling itself the Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia:

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It fairly clear what they mean by “look.” According to this account, the Facebook page (now removed) left little doubt what they were talking about:

A visit to the group’s Facebook page features makes it clear exactly who they are targeting. All of the pictures on the page feature African-Americans. The group is trying to get African-Americans who may have outstanding warrants arrested in order to keep them from voting. The group wants people to report those they suspect of having warrants out on them to the police on election day, “Do the community a favor and keep an eye out for people wanted on warrants and report them to the police on election day.”

The “poll watchers” also plan on harassing and following people who they suspect of being wanted on warrants to their homes. The plan seems to be to use the police to intimidate African-Americans into not voting in November’s election.


There is more, plus links to sources even less credible than Salon.

I did some research for myself using teh google. I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that this “militia” may consist of a single individual who created a Facebook and a Twitter account using the name “Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia.” It is unclear whether that person is a right wing troll or a left wing false-flag operation.

So how did one online troll become “Scott Walker’s Thugs?”

Digby is too smart and experienced at this stuff to believe it’s true, but the militia story fits one of the Left’s favorite narratives. She doesn’t care about the truth, she wants to win elections.

Years ago (2002-2003) I had a paid subscription to Salon. When I first discovered blogging I really admired Digby. This was so far in the past that nobody knew she was female. She was just “Digby”, a pseudonymous blogger.

Digby was one of the reasons I started blogging myself. I wanted to write like her and some of the other prominent lefty bloggers. So when I read the crap she publishes in Salon (and the other crap Salon publishes) I feel ashamed.

Was I really that naive or did they change?.


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47 Responses to Losing My Illusions

  1. The Klown says:

    PoliticsUsa is a credibility-free source.

    • DandyTIger says:

      How do you have “voter suppression” in Wisconsin anyway? I wouldn’t think there would be enough black people there to make a difference. Maybe someone should tell the mostly all white (hooded?) Dems up there. They should stick with the war on women thing; easier to pass the giggle test.

  2. Cynthia Ruccia says:

    i think its a combination of several factors. First of all, we totally bought into all of the left wing crap. Secondly, our old party has been taken over by a strange force. We just happened to see the light before it was too late. The current Democratic Party doesn’t resemble in any way the party we used to belong to.

    I have asked myself the same question many times over Klown, and that’s the best I can come up with. Both we and the party changed……

    • The Klown says:

      I know my principles haven’t changed, but my position on some policies is now different.

    • cynic says:

      The ’08 elections woke up many voters. We saw how in the tank the media were. Once we saw how blatant it was, it was like washing the sleep from one’s eyes. If you read enough, watch enough, etc., you learn their games.

      They just continued to parrot the same thing over and over. I experienced it on f/b, saw it in the comment section of our little paper, etc. Turn off Faux news, said one friend, even though she would not tell me where she got her information (and I asked her 3x.)

      Then it was how they treated Hillary and Sara Palin; such hypocrisy. How about how the Dems treat black Republicans. They call them Uncle Tom’s.

      The Dems have gone more to the left, and I see they’re urging Socialists to run for office. Didn’t a women win office in Washington State as a Socialist?

      Meanwhile, the GOP has disdain for the TEA Party. I see it in my little neck-of-the-woods. Didn’t Boehner just refer to some Congressmen last week as knuckleheads?

      Now, Obama, the Nobel Peace winner, has just bombed his 9th country. Where are the protesters??? They’re too busy in NY protesting Capitalism, while taking pictures on their new Apple phones.

      Ugh, I hate hypocrites……………

      • The Klown says:

        Remember those Progs who said they could never ever ever ever vote for Hillary because of her yes vote on the Iraq AUMF? Never ever?

        They voted for Obama because he was the antiwar candidate.

        Where are they now?

        • swanspirit says:

          They are conveniently ignoring what Obama is doing , and creating or chasing squirrels ; or making excuses for him as they always have . The blatant hypocrisy doesn’t bother the Vile Progs . They don’t mind spreading outright lies and mistruths about Republicans . Remember the Sarah Palin stories? She burned books , her baby was not hers , she tried to have an abortion etc etc ? The more afraid they are of someone , the more extreme and absurd the lies . if they can’t find any lurid stories , they make them up .
          That is just one reason I am no longer a Democrat .

  3. DeniseVB says:

    I’ve been duped so many times by stories I wished were true, like anything in the faux-Onion piece’o’crap site The National Report. I’ve learned to double, triple my search efforts to confirm a story. I know that the word “militia” is a dog whistle for the left. Whatever that guy was trying to do with the fake website is just as bad as other non-credible news sources. Bad, Bazinga, Bad !

  4. 49erDweet says:

    Re: naive or did they change?, between 2005 and 2007 there a huge change took place. JournoLists came to believe all’s fair in political reporting as long as correct candidates are elected. The preceding quarter century of systematically teaching a false national history in J-school didn’t help, and today’s average media writer has zero appreciation of our history or of the harm they create by advocating rather than reporting. This began about two decades earlier in the UK/Canada, so WCPGW? Luton today, Minneapolis next year.

    • 49erDweet says:

      IOW, good intentions always trumps diligent reporting.

      • The ends, man, the ends. They always justify the means. *rollseyes*

        You know what I think, klown. This is just more planned agitprop by the left. They probably created the FB group then “leaked” a link to a few sources they knew would take the bait.

        I did the same thing a few years ago when my mother-in-law started trash talking me to everyone in the family, including my husband. All our family shit went onto the web in a series called “Shakespeare for Hillbillies.” She learned her lesson and she doesn’t fuck with me to this day.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Hey LOLA, always great to see ya! I learned “baiting” while on DU and Dkos in the early ’00’s. I think their mutal enemy was Free Republic at the time, they did some stupid stuff to “trick” them, then make fools of them. I never liked that method of bullying, nor did they like me criticizing them for it. I finally figured out the site owners, Kos and Skinner, were making money on “click bait”…… before it was a term.

  5. The Klown says:

    This is another area where the Left has gone wrong. Environmentalism is a weird religion.

    • DeniseVB says:

      United for Peace and Justice organized the anti-war protests too. They got the same criticism then also. It’s a professional grievance parade of angry people. If the msm did their homework, like that PJtv gal who took on RFK,jr, this would be a nothing burger non-event.

  6. The Klown says:
  7. DeniseVB says:

    The War on Faux Rage 🙂 I can take Rush in small doses, but I do like that he is fighting back….

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/09/24/rush-limbaugh-show-launches-attack-fake-grassroots-stop-rush-campaign?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=marketing&utm_term=facebook&utm_content=facebook&utm_campaign=rush-article

    I remember when the Air America network launched as an alternative to Right Wing Talk Radio, and it failed miserably. I even found it unlistenable and I was a pretty hardcore lib then. I actually preferred Howard Stern and Don Imus as “alternative” radio choices to the screaming freak shows on AA.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    This made me gigglesnort … smile 🙂

  9. DeniseVB says:

    LOL……hypocrisy we must. Almost as bad as Al Gore becoming a gazillonare because Global Warming. Love it.

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/09/181004-leonardo-dicaprio-climate-change-speech/

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Ugh, watching the Modern Family season premiere, *Luke* is like 7 feet tall and “Lily” is still smarter than her Dads. What up with this?

  11. The Klown says:

    TOUCHY-FEELY CHICK VIDEO: Interactive mirror changes the way women look in the mirror:

    (NSF Men!)

    Seriously – I was watching this video and I started growing a vajayjay.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Breaking…yeah, I believe it….

  13. angienc says:

    Don’t over-think it, myiq. We were lied to — for years. After installing teh Precious, they abandoned the lies and revealed themselves for the misogynistic, hateful, authoritarian racists they always were, which they had projected onto any and all who disagreed with them were (and which I bought into wholesale for years).
    A few of the lies I fell for:
    “One person, one vote” — Nope. See 2008 Dem primary.
    “Safe, legal and rare abortions” Nope. Just legal. And on demand, at any time.Heck, they should be encouraged — crowd source funding for ’em and video tape it! Oh, and even requiring abortion clinics to meet barber shop hygiene standards = #WaronWomen.
    “Dissent is patriotic.” Nope. Dissent is only patriotic when the other side is in control. When our guy is in control, dissent is not only unpatriotic, it is hateful, bigoted and racist.
    “Free expression.” Nope. One must only say and *think* what is sanctioned by our betters.
    “Tolerance” — Nope. Only approved views are tolerated. Anyone who disagrees should be outcasts, hounded, threatened, lose their jobs, even jailed (Seriously, Robert F. Kennedy just said that at the “Climate Change” march).

    • jeffhas says:

      The ‘one person, one vote’ lie is what will forever keep me from voting for another Dem – ever. To know that some other citizen’s vote is worth more (in delegates) then mine is a moral travesty – it is institutional discrimination. It is a despicable process that even if changed will likely never get me to come back.

      Disgusting hypocrites indeed.

      • Jeffhas, I think that the Caucus fiasco was what opened my eyes too. I’m used to heated campaign rhetoric but as of the primaries, I realized the fix really was in. I’ll never forget hearing of people who had been faithful to the Democratic Party their whole lives being shoved out of the process. Especially the ladies. I’m a Floridian, so losing my electoral influence early on really got my ass fired up. That’s when I saw the media for who they were too. I’ll never get over it.

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