. . . One of the most prominent, of course, is his claim that the community group ACORN is “maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.” There’s no need here to debate whether ACORN’s sporadic screwups during voter signup season actually constitute a clear and present danger to the body politic, since McCain’s hyperbole has already been dismissed by some noteworthy Republicans, including Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and his Republican secretary of state. Suffice it to say that, on the belly laugh scale, McCain’s heavy breathing about ACORN ranks just below Meg Ryan’s heavy breathing in the fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally.
James Tobin’s indictment really puts this ACORN episode into perspective – simply as a reminder that, when it comes to the actual practice of messing with actual signed-up voters on election day, nobody does it better than the backstage folks at the GOP. When one reviews the facts that underpin the Tobin story, the party’s fake tears about ACORN become all too apparent. So let us take a quick stroll down memory lane, to demonstrate how true fraud actually works, and how actual Republican operatives have recently served actual jail time for their crimes. It’s a story too few readers probably know about, and it’s all available in sworn court testimony.