April 12, 2005

Ketchup Boy fooled by The Onion

John Kerry showed up Sunday whining about "voter intimidation" of minorities citing an old adage that says that Republicans should vote on Tuesday, while Democrats should vote on Wednesday.

Kerry even cited "evidence" (though he could not produce said "evidence") that fliers were passed out to that effect.

Kerry cited examples Sunday of how people were duped into not voting.

"Leaflets are handed out saying Democrats vote on Wednesday, Republicans vote on Tuesday. People are told in telephone calls that if you've ever had a parking ticket, you're not allowed to vote," he said.

What Kerry apparently didn't realize is that the joke is much older than this election - I recall hearing it as far back as the Reagan administration - and that the source of it for this election cycle looks to be from The Onion, the satirical newspaper and website produced in Madison, WI.

In other words, it was a joke. Whether Kerry figured that out or not is still up for debate.

(More coverage from Michelle Malkin, The Jawa Report, Opinion Journal & others)

Posted by mhking at April 12, 2005 04:22 PM

Nice try. Kerry got the info. from this Washington Post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12514-2004Oct30.html

An excerpt:

"in Allegheny County...election officials received a flurry of phone calls about fliers handed out at a Pittsburgh area mall and mailed to an unknown number of homes. The flier, distributed on bogus but official-looking stationery with a county letterhead, told voters that "due to immense voter turnout expected on Tuesday," the election had been extended. Republicans should vote Tuesday, Nov. 2, it said -- and Democrats on Wednesday. A criminal investigation has been launched."

Don't use Michelle Malkin as your only source for info. She's a complete hack.

Posted by: Terrence at April 12, 2005 04:31 PM

Darn. Terrence beat me to it. I had that Post articel all ready to put up here.

Terrence is also correct that using Malkin for an information source is a bad move. She's wrong a great percentage of the time and her pieces are consistently misleading.

Posted by: carla at April 13, 2005 12:51 AM

Whether this story is true or not, I live in Illinois, which is a Blue State and I had my voter registration card with me that showed I was a registered voter and somehow my name got deleted from the roll and was only allowed to vote provisionally (which really didn't count). There were so many inconsistencies in this election it wasn't funny.

Posted by: cynthia at April 13, 2005 01:02 AM

First off, this is being reported in several places, as Michael (now?) notes. But that's really beside the point. If you really believed that kind of schoolkid nonsense and didn't vote, you're too stupid to be selecting the President of the United States.

Why didn't your provisional vote count, Cynthia? Mistakes like what happened to you are why there's the capability for provisional voting in the first place. Once they confirmed you were deleted erroneously, they should have counted your vote like any other. Did you leave out some detail, or are you really unaware of what a provisional vote really is? If the latter, it sure wouldn't be funny - but I'd certainly find the irony humorous.

Posted by: Chris at April 13, 2005 09:41 AM


I registered, I have a voter registration card, I was the 2nd person in line to vote, and I voted provisionally because someone took me off the roll for whatever reason. I was not the only person that this happened to. You can call me stupid, or whatever, but this is the reality.

Posted by: Cynthia at April 13, 2005 12:18 PM

So did they count your vote or what since you were rightfully registered? You never answered the question.

Posted by: Jade at April 13, 2005 09:41 PM

No it didn't count.

Posted by: Cynthia at April 14, 2005 09:05 PM
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