Charlie Sykes has been trying, desperately, to persuade his listeners that cases of voter registration fraud by Acorn volunteers -- people padding their registrations to get paid, basically -- is prelude to massive voter fraud in the November election.
Despite the fact that it's been demonstrated that there is no link between the two. "Mickey Mouse has been registered to vote!"Sykes whinges. But Mickey Mouse isn't going to show up to vote.
Still, that common sense -- and fact-based observation -- didn't stop Sykes from making wild-ass claims such as "How do you contort yourself into ... not seeing a massive concerted effort to defraud the polls?"
Quite easily, actually, In a Washington State court case, prosecutors of folks who turned in hundreds of bogus registrations pointed out, explicitly, that the false registrations did not result in fraudulent votes. A real life control!
But it didn't stop there. Sykes, absent any evidence, went on to say: "I think the fraud is going to be massive, I think it's going to be massive in some states."
And he went on to say he believes it could determine the presidency!
Ironically, shortly before Sykes went on this unhinged screed, Josh Marshall observed:
You can judge the magnitude of the smashing defeat Republicans believe they are approaching by the scale of lying and bogus charges of vote fraud. But organized lying from partisans should not surprise us.
And this is what it's all about, of course. Charlie Sykes doesn't really believe voter fraud is going to be massive. But he does realize the GOP is going to go down in flames. So he needs to come up with any excuse he can for the defeat to cast a pall of illegitimacy over Obama's likely victory. Just as RPW chair, absent any evidence, says he's tired of losing elections in Wisconsin due to voter fraud. Sykes and his running dogs want the herd to believe that they would win -- if only they weren't victims of fraud.
His ratings depend on it. His show is, after all, entertainment.