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How Do Republicans Plan to "Win"?

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The HuffPost is reporting today that 2008's presidential election could end in much of the same way that the election between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon did. The report talks about how ACORN will be used as part of this plan to steal the election (sort of). 

But, let's admit it. If there is one thing Democrats have become good at, it is losing ground to Republicans when they should be way ahead. So, we have to maintain total awareness of all that is going on and make certain the GOP (which has been preparing to steal another election) cannot get away with what they've been getting away with since 2000. 

Americans are living under a rigged and arbitrary system of elections that give them the delusion of choice. The debates, the news pundits, the perpetuated idea of this undecided swing voter who can ultimately decide the election, and the newly registered youth Obama has registered but who are not being called on the phone by pollsters all have Americans thinking those two buzzwords that will never be thought of the same way ever again---hope and change.

Allow me to suggest that McCain and his GOP underlings (shall we call them “my fellow prisoners”? I don’t see why not) have some hope in this election because over the past decade or two they have changed the system to work for them. But will it though?

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I’m from northern Indiana or the area in and around Notre Dame University. I was pleasantly surprised when the congressional district I am in went from a rubberstamp Republican to a rubberstamp Democrat in 2006 (because Bush had been regularly landing his plane to indoctrinate us with this idea that we should have personal accounts for Social Security instead of letting the government run it). This shift from red to blue was not limited to the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana and that is exactly why the GOP has been working hard to rig elections.

Currently, ACORN is in a sticky situation with GOP operatives and they are under siege in Indiana.

The Columbus Free Press accurately illuminates what is happening, “The grassroots organizing group ACORN has come under serious attack in Nevada, Missouri, Ohio and elsewhere from Republicans attempting to negate the thousands of generally low-income citizens ACORN has registered to vote. As a matter of law, ACORN is required to report irregular registrations that come through its process. But GOP operatives have equated these with "fraudulent" filings, and a have ramped up a smear and fear campaign aimed at negating thousands of legitimate ACORN registrants throughout the US.”

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This is from the Munster Times, a local newspaper. Lasota is Sarry Lasota, the Election Board director:

LaSota said Monday representatives of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, a grassroots activist group conducting registration drives, dropped off 2,000 new voter applications last week in Lake County.

"About 1,100 are no good," she said.

LaSota said the flawed forms are incomplete or contain unreadable handwriting -- similar to hundreds of other forms ACORN produced prior to this week. She said some ACORN vote canvassers apparently pulled names and addresses from telephone books and forged signatures.

Charles Jackson, communications director for ACORN, said Monday its administrators screened out the 1,100 registration forms in question and warned county officials the documents were suspect. He said ACORN left the final decision to discard the forms to county officials.

He said ACORN has fired and reported to law enforcement any employees suspected of vote fraud.

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"We consider it stealing from ACORN," Jackson said.

Lake County Republican Chairman John Curley said Monday the ACORN registration drive is the main reason he opposes the opening of early voting centers in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago.

He filed a lawsuit last week in state and federal courts to stop the three branch offices from opening Monday. County officials agreed last week to delay opening the early locations until U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen rules on the matter later this week.

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for

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