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Harvey Wasserman: How the GOP Bought, Rigged, Stole and Lynched the 2014 Election

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We saw a huge voter repression assault in North Carolina, where the Republicans "won" a critical Senate seat, as well as in Wisconsin, Indiana and elsewhere. It would be ridiculously naive to accept this outcome as legitimate.

But, given the Gore-Kerry duck and cover on these issues, we never hear a peep from the Democrats.

JB: The $64,000 question is: Why do the Dems continue to act so spineless on this issue of election theft? [Which is what all the "suppress all the voters who may not be voting for your candidate/s" strategy amounts to] Even on the losing end of the stick, Democrats still represent tens of millions of voters. Are they still so terrified of being tarred and feathered as conspiracy theorists? All the less than savory yet very effective voter suppression tactics are hardly even covered by the Mainstream Media.

HW: It's actually a $64 trillion question and I have no answer. It's totally contrary to my own nature to let such things go by, so I have no idea beyond a bunch of politico/psycho-babble. But we do know they absolutely refuse to discuss it. Daily Kos has banned a number of us who blog about it. Gore and Kerry simply walked away and have never discussed it since. If you have an answer, please let me know.

By the way, I think WE are the MAINSTREAM media. We reflect what the country believes. The other is the CORPORATE media.

JB: That's true. You have an even newer piece out now, one you co-wrote with Bob Fitrakis: How the GOP Bought, Rigged, Stole and Lynched the 2014 Election. That's pretty definitive language: No qualifiers, modifiers, just a statement of fact. Needless to say, there are many who will disagree with your assessment, including virtually all the corporate pundits. Putting that aside, who loses when we have a stolen election? Who lost in this one?

HW: Everybody lost this one except the big corporations. All this complaining about a small turnout, yet no one is fessing up to the obvious impacts of voter suppression, which the GOP performed with great skill, having working on their techniques for 14 years now. The deliberate confusion, intimidation and fear injected into the process is what gave the GOP the Senate, and will give them the White House in 2016, unless something is done.

JB: Is there something to do about this sad state of affairs? I can guarantee that our readers are interested in your answer.

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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