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October 22, 2002
Jon Christian Ryter
Copyright 2002 - All Rights Reserved
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most Americans were myopically fixed on the Nov. 7, 2000 Presidential
race between Texas Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Albert A.
Gore, Jr., few people were paying much attention to the Congressional
and Senatorial races outside their own States. Their eyes were glued on
the tote boards as they watched the early projections on TV.
Even though the voters were not, at that particular moment, concerned
about the legislative races (that would come later, the following day),
the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign
Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee were apoplectic
throughout election day. The Democratic Party was far more concerned about
the Congressional and Senatorial seats that were up for grabs because
most of the national party officials were convinced two months before
the election that Gore was going to lose his bid for the White House and
the Democrats desperately needed to regain control of Congress if they
were going to maintain political parity on Pennsylvania Avenue.
April, 2000 an AFL-CIO election hit list surfaced. Heading
the list was John Ashcroft who was slated for removal. Well-heeled by
the labor unions for the upcoming battle to dethrone Senator Ashcroft
was Missouri governor Mel Carnahan. It was an uphill battle for Carnahan
who was trailing Ashcroft by double digits when he died in a plane crash
on October 16, 2000, 21 days before the election. Carnahans death
was a crushing blow to the Democratic Party since they were counting on
winning the U.S. Senate seat held by Ashcroft. Now, Ashcroft was suddenly
The election was still three weeks away.
Missouri law forbade changes in the ballot within 30 days of an election.
The law, of course, was enacted to keep from adding new candidates to
the ballot at the last minute--not from removing dead ones. And, while
Missouri law forbade the addition of new candidates within 30 days of
an election, it also expressly forbids dead people from seeking office
by requiring that anyone seeking office in the State must live in Missouri
(not reside in it...live in it.) Since Mel Carnahan was clearly not living
in Missouri at the time of the election, he was ineligible to run. Legally,
his name had to be struck from the ballot even if it meant that Ashcroft
would run unopposed. Clearly, if Ashcroft had the misfortune of dying
in a plane crash three weeks before the election, Gov. Carnahan would
never have allowed the GOP to keep a dead man on the ballot. (Excerpt
from my forthcoming book, DESTINY DENIED; pg. 165.)
However, the Democrats set their hopes of
wresting control of the Senate in five races: New York, Virginia, Delaware,
Washingtonand Missouri. While the Democratic National Committee
was convinced that Hillary Clinton would win in New York after Mayor Rudy
Giuliani stepped down and a Congressional lightweight, Rick Lazio, picked
up the GOP gauntlet; they knew Charles Robb would have trouble winning
against the very popular former Virginia governor, George Allen. They
needed to win Virginia.
And, they needed to win Delaware, Washington
and Missouri to gain control of the Senate.
Missouri was more important to the Democrats
as a Senatorial win than as a presidential electoral vote victory. They
could not afford to allow Ashcroft to run unopposed because if the Democrats
lost Virginia and Missouri, they would be two seats short of gaining control
of the U.S. Senate.
Newly installed Missouri Governor Roger
Wilson, Carnahan's lieutenant governor, declared that since Missouri law
prevented them from adding a new candidate (thus,
he construed that to mean he could not remove a dead one, either), he
would appoint Carnahan's widow to the Senate if the dead governor won,
giving the voters a "live" body to vote for--and Carnahan an
office for which to campaign.
As the 7 p.m. precinct closings neared,
it was clear from the exit polls that Senator Ashcroft would be re-elected.
Pressured by the Missouri Democratic Party, St. Louis Mayor Clarence Harmon
called Circuit Court Judge Evelyn M. Baker and asked for a court order
keeping the polls open until all of St. Louis' citizens had a chance to
cast their ballots. At that same moment all over the State, Democratic
mayors, also pressured by the Democratic Party, were doing the same thing
in their own citiesincluding Kansas City, the second largest city
in the State. Their efforts were all rebuffed since a Missouri Circuit
Court judge had no constitutional authority to invoke such action. Baker,
however, issued an order keeping the polls open until 11 p.m. Within 40
minutes of issuing it, Baker's order was vacated by a higher State court.
Harmon ignored the rescinding order, as did Baker.
The polls in St. Louis remained open illegally
until 11 p.m. and the voting caravan continued even though a Missouri
appeals court ruled that the city could not extend the time that the polls
As the Democrats made their 11th hour stand
and were rebuffed by the courts which apparently understood the State's
election laws more clearly than Baker, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon,
who was attending a Democratic rally, remarked: "I don't know why
the Republicans of Missouri are so scared to have registered voters vote."
Clearly, it wasn't the registered voters the Republicans feared.
It was the Daley Dead.
Senator Christopher Bond [R-MO], who nominated
Baker for the job as Circuit Judge, remarked that same evening: "The
Democrats in this city are trying to steal this election. If they [succeed],
some people ought to go to prison." St. Louis carried the election
for Carnahan by less than 1%. In St. Louis, where then Senator Ashcroft,
was the target, caravans of surrogate voters were loaded into vehicles
and driven from precinct to precinct to cast the dead vote for recently
deceased Governor of Missouri, Mel Carnahan in order to rob the GOP of
one of the most hotly-contested Senate races for control of the United
States Senate. (Excerpt from my forthcoming book, DESTINY DENIED; pg.
Also on the AFL-CIO hit list was Senator
Rod Grams [R-MN] (who lost to Mark Dayton in a 49%-49% race, with a third
party contender draining off 2% of the vote), and Spencer Abraham [R-MI]
(who was also defeated in a 49%-49% race against challenger Debbie A.
Stabenow). (When I received a copy of the AFL-CIO list of targeted Congressmen
and Senators in April, 2000, I spoke to Grams chief-of-staff and
suggested that the Senator needed to do some very serious fund-raising
to offset the union money that was going to be poured into Daytons
campaign. Dawson told me Grams didnt feel he would have a tough
re-election campaign and so no need for an extraneous campaign effort.)
Also targeted was Jim Bunning [R-KY], Mike
DeWine [R-OH], Slade Gorton [R-WA], Kay Bailey Hutchinson [R-TX], and
Rick Santorium [R-PA] were also on the hit list. All of them except Gorton
survived their tough challenges. Gorton lost in a 49%-49% toss-up to Maria
Cantwell that took a week to decide.
In the House in 2000, the Democratic focus
was on Bill Archer's 7th District open seat, Bob Barr [R-GA] (who was
finally gerrymandered out of office in August, 2002), Roscoe Bartlett
[R-MD], Bill Bilbray [R-CA] (who lost to Susan A. Davis in a 50%-50% race
for the 48th District), Mary Bono [R-CA], Tom Campbell [R-CA] (who fell
to Michael M. Honda in a 54% to 46% upset), Jay Dickey [R-AR] (who was
beat by Michael A. Ross in a 51%-49% upset). Most of the Democratic effort
in Arkansas was focused on defeating Dickey.
Also targeted was Lindsay Graham [R-SC]
(who easily won re-election with a 68% plurality), Steny Hoyer [R-MD],
Asa Hutchinson, [R-AR] Jack Metcalf [D-WA], (who lost in a 50%-50% tossup
to Richard Larsen), and Connie Morella [R-MD] who squeaked out a 52% victory
against her 60% victory in 1998but only after assuring her district
that she would vote with the moderates and not the pro-life right.
Jean Carnahan [D-MO], the widow of Mel Carnahan
who spent almost three weeks as a non-candidate campaigning
for the Senate, was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the pre-election
death of her husband. Had the Democratic Party bosses not illegally kept
the voting precincts in St. Louis and Kansas City open until 11 p.m. to
allow the roaming caravans of Daley Dead to vote, Ashcroft would
have easily been re-elected and Carnahan would have been nothing more
than the widowed spouse of a dead governor. Not even the switch of Vermont
Senator Jim Jeffords from the GOP to independent status would
have cost the Republicans control of the Senate.
Jean Carnahan, who assured the voters of
moderate Missouri that she was as centrist as the Missouri electorate
that would cast their votes in the 2000 election, has proven in two short
years to be a Dianne Feinstein-Teddy Kennedy-Hillary Clinton liberal.
But then, the ultra-liberal, pro-communist arm of the Democratic Party
(the AFL-CIO) that recruited the Daley Dead to elect her recently deceased
husband in 2000 knew that. Carnahan, however, would not have been the
AFL-CIOs choice in 2000 since she had never run for public office
and was not a politician had they had any other options.
Still a political novice who has not mastered
the art of political rhetoric, Carnahan took a dive in the polls after
she told CNN that ...Im the number one target of the White
House. They cant get Osama bin Laden, so theyre going to get
me. Only a Kennedy-Clinton-Feinstein liberal would make a gaffe
like that without realizing how obtuse such a statement would appear to
be to the American people. But Jean Carnahan is no Hillary Clinton. What
makes Carnahan so dangerous is that she epitomizes the Boss Tweed political
flunky of the 1870s and 80s. She is 100% owned by the AFL-CIO controlled
Democratic machine in Missouri.
When Carnahan made her bin Laden gaffe,
she was jumped by both Democrats and Republicans alike who know you cant
attack George W. Bushs War on Terrorism and gain points with the
voters. Pressured to do so by Democratic General Chairman Joe Carmichael,
Carnahan issued a public explanation (but not an apology)
for her tasteless remark, blaming the President for her own lack of political
intellect. Her comment, she explained ...was born of frustration
over the administrations determined campaign to defeat her...
Gee whiz, Jean...after the Democratic machine
stole John Ashcrofts seat in the U.S. Senate for you in 2000, did
you think the GOP was going to sit idly by and let you walk away with
the seat for six years because you have been impersonating an incumbent
for the past two years?
at being targeted by an opponent running an actual campaign who was being
aided by fund-raising appearances by the President, Carnahan has been
crying foul since her 8 point lead over challenger Jim Talent, a former
GOP Congressman who ran a losing battle against Mel Carnahan for the governorship
of Missouri in 1998, Carnahan took a position that her political views
are as moderate as the average Missourian while claiming that Talent is
a extreme rightwinger who would single-handedly destroy Social Security
if he was elected. In fact, Carnahans website says: Sen. Carnahan
has worked hard to bring mainstream values to Washington. She views herself
as a centrist, seeking commonplace solutions to complex problems.
Yet, an analysis of Carnahans voting
record by both the right and the left agree that she has one of the most
liberal voting records of any Senator on Capitol Hill. The ultra-liberal
Americans for Democratic Action gave Carnahan a 85% approval rating, putting
her at the high end of their rating spectrum. Carnahan deviated from their
position on only three votes. One of those votes was Bushs Iraqi
edict. It was a suicide vote in an election year for any liberal to vote
against Bush--and Carnahan knew it. Carnahans voting record becomes
completely transparent when you weigh the feminist and environmental organizations
which both endorse her candidacy and support her financially. Emilys
List, an ultra-liberal feminist political action group, has endorsed Carnahan
as has the Sierra Club and gun controllers like Sarah Brady and the Million
Carnahans first official act as a
U.S. Senator was to vote against the confirmation of her dead husband
(i.e., her) opponent in the 2000 race, Senator John Ashcroft for the job
of Attorney General based on the fact that Ashcroft was a Christian and,
as such, he was a threat to liberals everywhere. Carnahan now claims it
was a vote of conscience. At the time, she defended her vote
saying ...I thought he would be a very controversial figure at a
time when we needed to be really brought together as a country.
Healing the country were Gores words, after the Vice President tore
the nation apart by trying to steal an election he had already lost. There
is no doubt that the Election of 2000--Al Gores election--will be
remembered as the most corrupt election in the history of the United States
as Democrats united all across the country to steal not only the White
House but both Houses of Congress in an election that history must recall
as the Night of the Living Dead, since it was the dead vote
that gave Gore his popular majority and it was the dead vote
in Missouri that unseated Ashcroft and placed the wife of a dead candidate
(who was required, by Missouri law, to be LIVING in Missouri at the time
of the election).
When former Congressman Jim Talent entered
the race against Carnahan, the liberal media-endorsed Senator led her
challenger by 8 points. The 8-point lead was generated by a massive multi-million
dollar advertising campaign financed by the AFL-CIO that attacked Talent
as a rightwing extremist who would deny women the right to an abortion,
and deny senior citizens a pension by privatizing Social Security. When
Bush came to Missouri to campaign for Talent, Carnahans lead vanished.
Carnahans plunge mystified he Democrats who attributed her decline
in the polls as a shift in voter sympathy for the Widow Carnahan.
In reality, the voters of Missouri are discovering just how liberal the
Widow is, and that her views fit the psycho-liberal mentality of Massachusetts
or Maryland far more than they fit the political mindset of Missouri.
Talent now leads Carnahan by 6.5 percentage points.
Democratic General Chairman Joe Carmichael
does not appear to be that concerned since he knows the Daley Dead, who
are apparently being lobbied by equally dead Mel Carnahan, will still
be there to cast the dead vote for Carnahan. Nobody is saying that
it is not going to be a tight race, Carmichael told the media, but
its a race that Carnahan is going to win. Our internal polling shows
that shes up. Carmichael knows that his group is polling a
segment of the electorate that is never interviewed by Zogby or Gallup
or anyone who polls likely voters, since the voters Carmichael and Carnahan
are counting on are the unlikely voters--those who have been dead and
buried but not yet removed from the voting rosters. They know that all
of those votes will be cast for Carnahan. And, if they cant get
those votes cast by the time the voting precincts close, they will do
what they did in 2000--they will get a handful of local judges to illegally
keep the polls open until the dead get a chance to vote.
the Senate; Gaining the House
Former Clinton spinmeister Paul Begala,
writing in his regular U.S. News & World Report column, Washington
Whispers, declared ...[i]f you hate attorneys, hen stay away from
places like Florida, Arkansas and Missouri the day after the election.
Thats because Democratic challengers are already preparing their
lawsuits to contest their osses for Senate and Congressional seats. And,
in anticipation of the lawsuits, the GOP is already making plans to fly
teams of lawyers to those troubled areas if the expected lawsuits are
filed. Everyone inside the beltway knows that the Democrats are determined
to win back the House, and hold the Senate at any cost.
area heavily courting liberal Republican Rhode Island Senator Lincoln
Chafee who won his fathers seat in 2000 after the death of the elder
Chafee just as they courted Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords in 2000. Chafee
is expected to switch parties if the Senate ends up in a 50-50 stalemate
again in 2002.
To the liberals, the midterm election of
2002 is merely the finale of the Election of 2000, and is viewed by most
as a continuation of it since it is the most important midterm election
since the GOP took control of the House and Senate in 1994. Using every
legal, illegal and pseudo-legal strategy they could conjure up in 2000,
including giving illegal aliens voting rights, allowing resident aliens
the right to take their citizenship examinations in their native languages
rather than in English as required by federal law, and giving ex-convicts
(in States that denied them voting rights) a valid voter registration
card. But the biggest affront to the American people was the busing of
homeless people by the Democratic Party from voting precinct to voting
precinct where, for money and cigarettes, the homeless voted the identities
of deceased voters. In many instances, homeless people without physical
addresses, were allowed to register AND cast absentee ballots in several
Democratically-controlled counties across the country the weekend before
the election. Black churches throughout the South bused nonregistered
voters to county clerks offices on the Saturday and Sunday before the
election where these nonregistered voters were allowed to cast a ballot
not only for Al Gore but for Democratic Congressional and Senatorial candidates
(for the complete story on the Democrat-instigated fraud in the Election
of 2000, look for my soon-to-be-released book, DESTINY DENIED: The Attempt
to Steal the 2000 Election.
The ploys used by the Democrats in the Election
of 2000 will be repeated nationwide during the Election of 2002. Janet
Reno, in attempting to overturn the primary she lost of Florida Senator
Bob McBride, blamed her loss on fingerprint smudges on the computer screens
of the voting machines (since she could no longer blame the butterfly
ballot). Reno gave us an inkling of what we can expect in the Florida
gubernatorial race between McBride and Governor Jeb Bush.
In New Jersey a new ploy was used.
In that race, Democratic incumbent Senator
Robert Torricelli, who was plagued by money scandals and accusations of
accepting bribes and kickbacks, lost his lead
in the polls to challenger and political newcomer Robert Forrester. As
hard as the Democratic National Committee tried to force Torricelli to
step down when the polls turned against him, the first term Senator was
determined to seek re-election, confident that he would prevail against
Very intense political pressure was applied
on Torricelli not only to abort his reelection bid, but to resign from
office so that former U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (whom Torricelli replaced
in 1996) could legally have his name placed on the ballot. Finally succumbing
to political pressure, a tearful Senator Torricelli announced that because
he did not want to be responsible for the Democrats losing control of
the Senate, he was renouncing his candidacy for his own Senate seat.
The New Jersey Democratic Party (in a move
reminiscent of Al Gores appeals to the Democratically-controlled
Florida Supreme Court) appealed a New Jersey law that disallowed the addition
of new candidates to the ballot 51 days before any general election. The
general election was 35 days away. Declaring it blatantly unfair that
the Republican candidate, Robert Forrester be allowed to run unopposed,
thereby denying the voters of New Jersey a choice for the
U.S. Senate seat, the State Supreme Court decided that giving the Democrats
a candidate that could beat Forrester was more important than obeying
the election laws of New Jersey. In their argument before the New Jersey
Supreme Court, the Democrats argued that the already printed ballots (and
the military ballots which had already been mailed to service personnel
overseas) had to be discarded and new ballots printed. The court concurred.
What that means is that New Jersey, which has thousands of absentee military
voters, has disenfranchised the military vote (which overwhelmingly votes
for the GOP).
We can also expect to see another move to
disenfranchise the military vote in Florida based on the lack of post
marks in order to benefit McBride over Bush.
In the meantime, President George W. Bush
is campaigning hard to help the GOP
unseat some incumbent Democrats in both the House and Senate who are viewed
as vulnerable. Among them are Senator Max Clelland, the wheel
chair-bound liberal from Georgia who is fighting a popular GOP challenger,
Congressman Saxby Chambliss whose congressional seat, like that of popular
conservative Bob Barr, was gerrymandered out of existence earlier this
year by a Democratically-controlled State legislature. Bush is also campaigning
against Sen. Tom Harkin [D-IA], and against ultra-liberal Paul Wellstone
of Minnesota who is viewed--even by Democrats--as extremely vulnerable.
And in a Mel Carnahan-John Ashcroft twist, another dead Congresswoman
is running for office.
On September 23, 2001, two days after the
deadline to remove her from the ballot in Hawaii, Democratic Congresswoman
Patsy Mink died from viral pneumonia, caused from chicken pox. As the
Democratic Party in Hawaii debated what to do, the media sat on the news
that Mink had passed away until the Associated Press finally broke the
story on Sunday, September 29--six days after she died.
Unlike Missouri, where Gov. Roger Wilson
interpreted his authority under State law allowing the governor to appoint
a replacement for any Congressman or Senator who dies while
in office as meaning he could appoint replacemenrts for those who died
even before the election, Hawaiian state law mandates that a special election
must be held to fill the vacancy. It is surprising that Hawaii governor
Benjamin J. Cayetano--a Democrat, of course--didnt petition the
State Supreme Court to add a State caucus-picked candidate on the ballot.
But then, in Hawaii is there is no fear that a Republican will be elected
since when Hawaii was a territory, it was run by wealthy Republican plantation
owners and industrialists who were not popular with the people. Since
achieving statehood, Hawaii has had only one GOP governor and it is not
likely the Democratic machine will allow another Republican to get at
the helm of the ship of state any time in the foreseeable future.
Election of 2000, Part II
Due entirely to theft by the Democratic
Party at both the national and State level, the Election of 2000 was the
most corrupt election ever held in the United States as Al Gore, Jr. did
everything humanly possible to steal the White House by recasting the
votes of the people of the State of Florida (with the major TV networks
doing everything possible to conceal the theft), and the DNC, the Democratic
Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee aided by the AFL-CIO, feminist and gay rights groups, and black
activists like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson did everything possible to
capture every ballot possible for the Democrats...which is fine if the
techniques used are legal. However, when the methods applied skirt the
law, having the appearance of legality--making sure every American has
a chance to vote--when thousands of those voters are voting
the names of recently deceased people whose names had not been removed
from the voting rosters; or when homeless people with no verifiable addresses
and no identification to establish who they are, are given ballots and
a free pass to vote in every precinct where they are bused
throughout the course of the day throughout the nation, and are given
cigarettes for each ballot cast.
Voter turnout in midterm elections is generally
much lighter than it is in presidential elections. This year, the Democrats
want that turnout to be light because they know that it is generally the
GOP, not the Democrats, who sit out the midterms since the White House
is not at stake.
While the Democrats hope that Repuiblican
voters stay home (as they usually do when the White House is not at stake),
turnover is likely to hit at least 29% this election because of redistricting
due to populations shifts recorded in the 2000 Census. Thirty-five states
have successfully gerrymandered their Congressional districts. That means,
in those States (18 for the Democrats, 17 for the GOP), one party controls
their bicameral legislatures and the Statehouse allowing the legislators
to realign their congressional districts to their partys advantage,
eliminating seats held by the opposing party. States to watch closely
on election night are: Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota,
New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Texas, Vermont and Washington.
What is at stake during 2000,
Part II is control of the House of Representatives, the U.S.
Senate and the governorships of several States. What is at stake is whether
judicial appointees--at both state and federal level-- will be advocates
of social justice or the rule of law. What is at stake is which pieces
of legislation offered by conservative Congressmen and Senators see the
light of day, and which end up dying in committee. What is at stake is
whether or not the Welfare State is reborn between 2003 and 2005. What
is at stake, after November, is how much freedom the White House will
have to actually win the War on Terrorism rather than getting mired in
it because a Democratically-controlled Congress cuts off the legs of the
Department of Defense as it did in both Korea and Vietnam, forcing the
military of the United States to use no-win United Nations
rules of engagement that gave inferior enemies an edge by tying the hands
of field commanders in the war zones. What is at stake is the War on Drugs
and the War on Crime--wars America has lost under Democratically controlled
Congresses in the past because liberals believe that prisons should be
model walled communities where killers, drug dealers, and
thieves (with their rights intact) enjoy all of the amenities
of home, rather than being places where malefactors are punished for their
We, the people, must view the Election of
2002 as a continuation of the Election of 2000. That means, we need to
get out and vote as we did in 2000. Because, if we dont, the GOP
will lose control of the House of Representatives--and, the Democrats
will likely gain an additional one or two Senate seats (or will hold those
Democratic seats that are now in jeopardy).
With all of the polls showing Jim Talent
leading Jean Carnahan in Missouri, Democratic General Chairman Joe Carmichael
is not too worried. When he told the Associated Press that nobody said
it wasnt going to be a close race, and that Carnahan would be the
winner when the votes were counted, he knew something that the rest of
us seem to have forgotten after November 7, 2000. The Daley Dead are never
polled by Zogby. The Daley Dead are never polled by the exit pollsters
for Voter News Service to determine what issues were important to them.
And, the Daley Dead are never polled by the pollsters for the candidates
who are trying to get some insight as to what actually happened inside
the voting booth.
Carmichael knew that the Daley Dead--or
rather, the Mel Carnahan dead--would once again cast their votes for Jean
Carnahan, and she would prevail over Talent when all the votes were tallied.
And, Carmichael knew that the Daley Dead would be available to vote in
every key Congressional and Senatorial election in the United States.
The Daley Dead had to be resurrected to vote in 2000, Part II because,
as far as the Democrats are concerned, the Election of 2002 is just too
important to leave to chance.