John Kerry stood up on Martin Luther King Day and blasted the United States for the “disenfranchisement” of thousands of voters, a reference to the Ohio election which he lost by 118,000 votes. Kerry implied heavily that the GOP engineered voter fraud in his loss to George Bush:
The Massachusetts Democrat, Bush’s challenger in November, spoke at Boston’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast. He reiterated that he decided not to challenge the election results, but said “thousands of people were suppressed in the effort to vote.”
“Voting machines were distributed in uneven ways. In Democratic districts, it took people four, five, 11 hours to vote, while Republicans [went] through in 10 minutes — same voting machines, same process, our America,” he said.
The complaints center on Cuyahoga County, of course, where Cleveland voters complained of standing in line for hours due to the lack of voting machines, a side effect of the higher turnout from 2000. However, what Kerry doesn’t mention — again — is that Cuyahoga County election officials are Democrats, not Republicans. The county goes heavily Democratic in elections at all levels. If anyone screwed Cuyahoga County voters, it’s the Democrats who have always promised their minority-bloc voters the moon and delivered below subsistence.
What’s more, John Kerry doesn’t bother to mention the douple-plus-good turnout in Milwaukee that effectively disenfranchised an entire state. Do you suppose there may be a reason for that?