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October 22, 2002

By Jon Christian Ryter
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hile 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.
     In 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. Carnahan’s 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 unopposed.
     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, Washington—and 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 cities—including 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 were open.
     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. 165-166.)
     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 Dayton’s campaign. Dawson told me Grams didn’t 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 1998—but 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-CIO’s 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 “...I’m the number one target of the White House. They can’t get Osama bin Laden, so they’re 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 can’t attack George W. Bush’s 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 administration’s determined campaign to defeat her...”
     Gee whiz, Jean...after the Democratic machine stole John Ashcroft’s 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?
     Frustrated 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, Carnahan’s 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 Carnahan’s 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 Bush’s Iraqi edict. It was a suicide vote in an election year for any liberal to vote against Bush--and Carnahan knew it. Carnahan’s voting record becomes completely transparent when you weigh the feminist and environmental organizations which both endorse her candidacy and support her financially. Emily’s 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 Mom March.
     Carnahan’s 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 Gore’s 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 Gore’s 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, Carnahan’s lead vanished. Carnahan’s 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 it’s a race that Carnahan is going to win. Our internal polling shows that she’s 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 can’t 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.

Holding 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.” That’s 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.
     Democrats area heavily courting liberal Republican Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee who won his father’s 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 Forrester.
     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 Gore’s 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--didn’t 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.

The 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 party’s 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 crimes.
     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 don’t, 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 wasn’t 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.


 

 

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