President Obama had some sharp accusations against the GOP friday while making a speech at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference, naming the Republicans as the reason for the voter fraud problems. As crowds cheered before him, Obama boldly told the nation that the problem with voter fraud isn’t actual fraud, but vile politicians attempting to take away rights under the guise of being a protector.
“Let’s be clear,” Obama said. “The real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud.”
He backed his statement with a 2006 Department of Justice analysis of voter fraud that stated out of 197 million votes cast for political candidates between 2002 and 2005, only 40 voters were indicted for fraud, and of those 40 only 26 of those cases resulted in guilty pleas or convictions.
“For those of you who are math majors, that is a percentage that is 0.00002 percent,” President Obama added.
This is yet another damaging blow to the GOP who have had to weather some very serious criticism, even from within their own party, over actions that have left a bad taste in the mouths of a majority of Americans. With numbers in the GOP moving more towards independent candidates, this latest accusation could spell doom for the 2016 elections.
Still, the Republican Party has been trying their best to keep people on their side. For instance, less than a decade ago republicans pushed for stronger anti-marijuana laws, stating only crime and horrid addiction would come from any kind of legalization. Today, however, the majority of republicans have turned their back on Reagan’s pot policies and now embrace the idea of legalization.
The spectre of fraud has been constantly haunting the Republican Party recently, for example Ohio state representative Peter Beck (R-54) was indicted for more than 66 counts of fraud in a 2013 lawsuit that claimed Beck swindled over $1.2 million from investors. The former NRCC treasurer Christopher J. Ward was convicted of diverting up to $1 million of the Committee’s funds into his personal accounts and even the last GOP poster boy, Mitt Romney, was implicated for perjury and stock fraud.
Now, with numbers to back him, Obama’s claim that GOP lawmakers are trying to use imaginary fears to negotiate votes in their favor looks to seal the coffin lid on the republicans. And it might just work. Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Wisconsin) laid into his own party as Wisconsin republicans tried to push measures through that would make voting more difficult, siting the move as “trying to suppress the vote.”
“It’s just, I think, sad when a political party — my political party — has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. And again, I’m a guy who understands and appreciates what we should be doing in order to make sure every vote counts, every vote is legitimate. But that fact is, it ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud. The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier, to help these people get their votes counted. And that we should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future, rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at the voting sites and trying to suppress the vote.”
With public opinion of the Republican Party low and infighting distracting the GOP from their agenda, it appears that Obama has taken the upper hand, meaning smooth sailing until the end of his term. And with the seasoned political veteran Hillary Clinton as top contender for the 2016 elections, the GOP may not have the time to recover enough to be a challenge to her. Perhaps it is time for the Republican Party to do as many corporate leaders have suggested and clean house for the preparation of the 2020 elections instead of scrambling to get a shaky candidate out while scandals continue to rock them.
— Dump The GOP In 2014 (@SayNoToGOP) April 11, 2014
President Barack Obama points out to the GOP that voter fraud is 0.00002%. That is beyond negligible statistically.
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 11, 2014
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