For the fourth straight election season, the Republican Party of Wisconsin is reverting to the voter suppression playbook, this time in cahoots with Americans for Prosperity and the Tea Baggers, One Wisconsin Now says.
The plan this time, as in previous instances, is to engage in voter caging and mount spurious challenges to likely Dem voters at polling stations.
It's analogous to actions taken in 2004, and to a lesser degree in subsequent years. In 2004 the RPW sought to strike thousands of voters from the rolls based on flimsy evidence and then sent bully boys to the polls to cause havok and create long lines in hopes of turning people away.
Exposed, the parties either lied about their involvement (the ethically challenged Mark Block, the inept RPW) or sought to downplay the significance of OWN's revelation. The lead teabagger in the conspiracy claims it's been shelved.
Color the Brawler skeptical on that. Charlie Sykes has been raising the specter of voter suppression for months now and his conspiracy mongering has only increased as November approaches. Charlie might not have principles, but he is disciplined in softening up the herd with preapproved messages from the RPW.
And one can't help recall that earlier this summer AG J.B. van Hollen, who's been more than sympathetic to GOP "concerns" about alleged voter fraud in the past, announced an expanded effort to crack down on said fraud this election season. It would be conspiratorial to suggest that that announcement was somehow related to this latest revelation were it not for the fact that he's taken direction before.
It's been, what, six years since Steven Biskupic declared there was no evidence of a voter fraud conspiracy in Milwaukee? But that hasn't stopped Sykes, Patrick McIlheran, Jeff Wagner, Reince Priebus making the (rather racist) claim that voting fraud is a powerful force in Milwaukee politics. And their efforts appear to be successful, as the transcript of the planning session contains phantasmagoric claims of buses going from polling station to polling station (what was the license plate of the bus?) and the assertion that 5% to 8% of the Wisconsin vote is fraudulent. Paranoid much? It's like Biskupic never happened.