There is a news story that has gotten more attention here in Michigan than nationally. Story here
The Detroit area Macomb County Republican chairman, James Carabelli, has been quoted by Michigan Messenger as saying “We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” Mr. Carabelli and the Michigan Republican party deny he made the statement and have threatened a libel suit against the site if it does not print a retraction.
The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Party have filed a lawsuit to prevent the county from doing what they may or may not be planning to do.
I can’t attest to the merit of the suit, it has turned into a he said-she said affair with no real indication of who is telling the truth. The Michigan GOP and Macomb County have strongly and consistently denied the accusation and claim they couldn’t do it if they wanted to. The claim by the county is that the voter roll does not provide enough information to practically carry a plan like this through.
Further, I am not familiar with this publication. A quick scan of the headlines on the site make their slogan, “A Center For Independent Media” a little dubious. Following is a sample of the headlines this evening:
Fight for the soul of Michigan’s highest court
Beginning of article: “Arch-conservative Clifford Taylor…” (emphasis mine)
Obama condemns “shameless” McCain campaign
Lose your house, lose your vote
DOJ politicization hurt voters’ rights, has it hurt Michigan?
Rove tricks? McCain absentee ballots raise questions
1980’s savings and loan bailout haunts John McCain
Conservatives looking decidedly socialist as AIG and market flounder
Borderline tabloid and decidedly liberally slanted headlines like this do harm their credibility a bit and make it a little easier to believe they may have misquoted Mr. Carabelli.
Forgetting the accuracy of this upstanding publication for now, I have a different theory on why the lawsuit was filed in the first place.
It is no secret that Michigan’s economy is in the toilet. It has the highest unemployment rate in the country and is losing population so fast that by spring it may have fewer people than North Dakota. The problem with this for the Democratic party is that we are in the second term of a Democratic governor who inherited the state from a three term Republican governor that left the state in better shape. Further half of the legislature is controlled by the Democrats. Between them they have had some really idiotic and publicly embarrassing attempts to “fix” the economy in Michigan. Staying true to the Democratic ideals, these fixes have largely comprised of increased taxes, which is exactly what a state bleeding jobs needs to do.
One thing Obama does not need, in a tight race for a state that is very important to his presidential aspirations, is to have the public notice that the Dems have run our state into the ground.
This lawsuit, therefore, is nothing but a distraction. A waste of federal (read as ours) money. To make this whole thing even funnier is the fact that the Democratic Party, led by Barack Obama, spent the entire winter and spring working to ensure the voters of Michigan were disenfranchised in the primary. So, it appears that the Michigan Messenger is not the only one with a credibility problem tonight.