Most of the stuff I blog under the “Tinfoil” label has been right-wing craziness, so it gives me a bemused sort of satisfaction to be able to offer an entertaining left-wing edition, Anonymous, Karl Rove and 2012 Election Fix?
Note that not one shred of evidence is actually offered for the theory that uber-hackers stopped Karl Rove from stealing the Ohio election, but don’t let that stop you enjoying it.
I was actually watching Fox when this was all going down. Rove had a legitimate point at the time when Fox called it for Obama. He had very sound reasons and facts from the previous election to back it up. Turns out he was wrong, but it was not because he was doing anything funny – he was simply wrong. Personally, I don’t understand why Rove gets the respect that he does among Republicans, he’s wrong a lot and seems to have no more predictive ability than anyone else
All this does is highlight the problem that in 2012 we STILL can’t have an election that can be trusted to have gone as it appears to have gone. Election conspiracy theories grow easily in the petrie dish of everything that goes on that’s suspicious on election day.
Both sides has legitimate beefs with the numbers – some of the returns were utterly impossible – yet the politicians actively engage in keeping elections a mess by calling any attempt to fix things “voter suppression.” Or in the case of 2008 and 2012, “racist voter suppression.”
The fact is, stories like this only exist because our elections are easily rigged and everyone knows it. The parties KEEP it that way because THEY know it.
Why there is exactly ZERO effort to create a voting system that works and allows everyone who wants to to vote once and ONLY once is just part of the absurdity of it.
FWIW, I saw that Rove comment too, having lucked out on it in one of my brief forays over to FOX, and I don’t agree he had a case. It was clear that the counties that had not reported, or not reported much, were in the main overwhelmingly Democratic. When you weighed the counties by population it was even more lopsided. It was very hard for me to understand what Rove could possibly have been talking about then, and still is now.
I just went by what he SAID, which was that they were Republican counties. IF what he said were true (and he seemed to believe it), then he had a case. But Fox’s analysts, and obviously reality, disagreed.
I have no idea, nor did I at the time, whether Rove knew what he was talking about or not. I know that I don’t know anything about the make-up of counties in OH.
But I’ll reiterate: The only reason things like this become issues is because we know we can’t actually trust the vote counts. So contentious elections become conspiracy cesspools. THAT’S the problem.