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The Recount: Which Party Is the Voter Suppressor Now?

By: Nancy Smith | Posted: November 19, 2012 3:55 AM
I Beg to Differ
You have to hand it to the Democrats and their pals in the mainstream media. Nobody touches these guys for sheer hypocrisy. 

They work their tails off before the election to convince Floridians the manipulative, Constitution-trashing Republicans are suppressing the minority vote.

Now, after the election, they're full of moral outrage because a Republican candidate wants all votes to count in a district where obviously, on Election Night, they didn't.

Their hypocritical message is this: You can't disenfranchise us, but we can disenfranchise you.

What's conspicuously absent here is the Golden Rule. Apparently the Dems don't believe "do unto others" applies to Republican Congressman Allen West, whom they fear and despise for his blunt political style, his vast store of campaign cash and his fiercely loyal supporters.

So the Democrat machine doesn't like West. I get it. The former Army officer isn't everybody's cup of tea. But admit it, the CD 18 race was ultra close and it was a tangle of irregularities in the supervisor of elections offices in two counties.

True, a recount wasn’t required by state law because Democrat Patrick Murphy’s margin was larger than 0.5 percent. (It was 0.58 percent on Election Night.) But St. Lucie County elections officials acknowledged problems with the way electronic memory cartridges of early votes were uploaded on Nov. 6. 

State Rep. Gayle Harrell, who monitored elections in Iraq in 2012, probably knows more than anyone in the Florida Legislature about how elections should be run. Listening to Harrell, you have to ask yourself, why wouldn't Allen West want a recount, and frankly, why wouldn't he deserve one?

“There were votes that weren't counted," said Harrell, "there were votes that were doubly counted, there were machine failures, there was just chaos ... It got to the point where I thought it was absolutely necessary to have an investigation.”

The Tampa Bay Times named West its Loser of the Week because he won't go away, he keeps on trucking, demanding a recount. But, the paper says, he's bound to lose in the end.

Well, I disagree with the Times, though not about West's fate. I think ultimately he will lose and concede, too. But I disagree that Allen West is the week's biggest loser. 

I think the biggest loser is political new boy Patrick Murphy who comes over as sulky and brattish. He deserved better advice from his party's leaders.

At every opportunity Murphy denigrates West, painting him as a sore loser and himself as an impoverished victim. On Nov. 8, he sent out a panhandling email to Democrats around the state:

"Not sure if you have heard, but even before Election Day ended, Allen West has been making false accusations about the electoral process. He is refusing to concede and claims the result is illegitimate. West has over $2 million in the bank, has hired teams of lawyers, and has filed two lawsuits. ... We would not be asking for more funds if it was not so urgent. We threw everything we had at winning in the last few days. We can't let West try to take away our voices just because he has millions in the bank."

I'm sorry that from a Democratic perspective, a letter like this seems like such a good idea. If Murphy, a former Republican who crossed over, wants to show he understands compromise and statesmanship, he has a way to go. He has already made enemies he's never met.

True, in Election 2012 Dems and their media cheerleaders needed all the Obama votes they could get. So it was in their interest to whip up anger and outrage over voter roll purges in South Florida minority and Hispanic communities. These voters flocked to the polls "to preserve democracy" in unbelievable numbers.

It was a brilliant political strategy that made Karl Rove look like an amateur.

But when you win because you convinced voters you're higher-minded and more principled than your opponent -- and that's what the talking heads in Washington are saying -- you'd better be smart enough to walk the walk when the situation is reversed.

If Murphy was as confident of victory as he claims, would it have killed him to take the gracious road? Couldn't he have acknowledged that the citizens in CD 18 deserve to be sure their vote counted?

Had he issued a simple statement agreeing that all voters should know for sure that their vote counted, it would have won him a ton of respect from those on the red team as well as the blues. Instead, he fanned the flames.



Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at (850) 727-0859.



Comments (18)

Thanks, Nancy.
7:11PM NOV 24TH 2012
You help remind us that the GOP is not just a party of bitter old white men. It is also a party of bitter old white women.
Hope Change
10:24AM NOV 20TH 2012
What Nancy said was ABSOLUTELY TRUE.
This ENTIRE NATIONAL ELECTION was a SHAM, and WE KNOW IT!!!
THIS just shows the Dems for the LYING, CHEATING, HYPOCRITES
that we always Suspected they ARE!!! SHAME on you ALL!!!!
Frank
9:28AM NOV 21ST 2012
Lie much - - - - you obviously need to have your mouth washed out with soap to clean it up a little. Continuing the far right politics of the "Big Lie".

Pathetic . . . .
Thinkfast
5:55AM NOV 20TH 2012
The silent MAJORITY has spoken
Charles Thomas
5:35PM NOV 19TH 2012
What a bunch of crap. The Republican Party lost Florida because they nominated another War Monger who never cared about the non-rich. Too bad that Katherine Harris wasn't around to manipulate our election results like she did for George W. Moron.
Jasen
3:08PM NOV 19TH 2012
It is amazing how blithely the right-wing blows off any sense of fairness and simply pulls out rhetoric when the math works against them. I would put my life savings on the fact that West lost this vote. Will you? No, you won't because he lost and all you people do is whine and throw your lame fire.

Do you really think the electorate is into the crass hatred you people always show as your main calling card? Your party is a joke, a national joke. But you keep playing the same tune that brought you to the grave. Now you can jump in.
dj ee
3:01PM NOV 19TH 2012
Um...
There are several articles out there (Washington Post is the one I can't post here), about how there was a recount and West lost by even more votes... and no Dems were seen to be trying to intimidate anyone into stopping the counting... especially not by mob mentality banging on election office doors.
Just because you say a lie over and over does not make it true. Republicans seem to have held on to this idea much too long. Hopefully facts will set some of us free. Nice lie of an article, Nancy.
wbp
12:36PM NOV 19TH 2012
actually no one touches you nancy for hypocrisy. the votes have been recounted and now he's further behind. west lost because he's extreme and has a huge mouth and ego. he's a loser.
Libertylady
8:37PM NOV 20TH 2012
And you might want to take a few courses in grammar and punctuation, honey. You are supposed capitalize the letters at the beginning of a sentence. Then you might even start to be credible.
Frank
10:32AM NOV 22ND 2012
Credibility - - - - "the believability of a source or message" . . . . . we already saw how yours worked out . . .

And now you, Sweetie, can't even manage to "correctly" create a psuedonym . . . . no such "Libertylady" in the English language . . . . "Liberty Lady" perhaps, but English is not German where you can create such string words. . . or don't you understand the difference . . . thought not . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Libertylady
8:36PM NOV 20TH 2012
Ooohhh...."Extreme". I see you get your talking points from the DNC. Can't you express yourself without resorting to that?
Frank
10:23AM NOV 22ND 2012
Glad you spend all that time reading DNC talking points . . . at least we now know you're actually getting some education in reality, rather than the NeverNeverLand alternative worlds spun by Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News . . . . . we all saw how those worked out . . . no wonder Romney seemed stunned by the election . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Srq Tad
11:31AM NOV 19TH 2012
Good article, Nancy. With all of the known problems in the counties in that district, a manual recount should have been automatic, in spite of the .5% limit. How long has that statute been around?... Since before electronic voting?... Back when votes WERE counted manually? Also, if proving who you are when you go to vote is "voter suppression", then proveing who you are when you go to get your driver's license is "driver suppression" and proving who you are when you cash a check is "banking transaction suppression".
As to the vulgar remarks in other poster's "comments"?... Consider the source.
Conotocarious Jones
10:13AM NOV 19TH 2012
Sorry, but when it comes to voter suppression the Rs still have the lead. This refusal of Alan West to accept defeat is not an effort to win his seat back now so much as a start on a campaign to win some other position later. I think perhaps you've missed this morning's headlines, but a recount has occurred and West's loss is even more concrete because of it. While I understand the frustration with Florida's faulty voting system 12 years after Bush v Gore, your rant about hypocrisy and Democrats is pure ad hominim. Are you upset that your prediction that "West marches back to Washington" has fizzled? This recount does not excuse the very real efforts at voter suppression that have happened and continue to happen each election cycle with force and effect far greater than the relatively few votes in question here. I'll leave it up to you to research those efforts, if you so choose, since there is not enough space here to cover the topic properly. I found it instructive to look at the influence of the Republican Governors Association on the 2010 redistricting process.
Garl
9:52AM NOV 19TH 2012
Great article, Nancy. I would add that the Miami Herald article yesterday on confusion caused by local failure to "re-precinct" in a timely fashion is yet another piece of the puzzle. The GOP was bashed nationwide for what happened in Florida...but no one ever talks about how much of what happens is determined by local officials, most of whom are Dems in the districts where trouble always occurs. However, as long as the left controls the media and entertainment industries, I see little hope for the whole truth being told.
chrislevin
7:19AM NOV 19TH 2012
what? suppression? Dems go out of their ways to prevent voters from voting?

what a joke, if you don't know what voter suppression is, call your governor and he has a bag of tricks for you.

what you have, is a loser who refuse to be civil, just because he is "war hero". LMAO.
Elaine Schiff
9:21PM NOV 19TH 2012
It is amazing how little the bad mouther's know-makes me sad . Rep Alan West is an honest, brave man of honor.
whatajoke
4:50AM NOV 19TH 2012
What a joke of an article.

Where were the Democratic mobs beating on the doors of the election office to intimidate the officials to stop the recounts?

Not that facts ever dissuade a Republican lackey. Not to mention, State law has been followed and *still* the Republican governor intervened without statute (not that Republicans feel the law, or elections mind you, apply to them).

Go back to Russia!

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