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New York Times Blogger “Phones One In” when Fred goes to Concord. Fortunately, Bruce @ No Looking Backwards was there.
Speaking of backwards-looking, Hillary looks back in anger and dons a 1960s-Era Anti-War Cloak
The NY Sun:
With Senator Clinton telling Wellesley students that they should join her campaign to end the Iraq War the way she joined Eugene McCarthy’s campaign to end the Vietnam War in 1968, the nostalgia among the baby boomers in the Democratic Party for the antiwar movement of the 1960s is now out in the open. We suppose it’s for the best. The Democrats can now openly consider whether their party wants to re-adopt the foreign policy platforms that lost it elections in 1968 and 1972 and the policies that sent America into a period of receding international influence that lasted until the election, in 1980, of President Reagan.
It amazes me how Hillary and her handlers can’t seem to figure out that it’t the 21st century, not forty years ago.
The background here is the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as “Motor Voter,” that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993. It required all states to offer voter registration to anyone getting a driver’s license. One simply fills out a form and checks a box stating he is a citizen; he is then registered and in most states does not have to show any ID to vote.
But no one checks if the person registering to vote is indeed a citizen.
The potential for fraud is not trivial, as federal privacy laws prevent cross-checking voter registration rolls with immigration records. Nevertheless, a 1997 Congressional investigation found that “4,023 illegal voters possibly cast ballots in \[a\] disputed House election” in California. After 9/11, the Justice Department found that eight of the 19 hijackers were registered to vote.
And now comes the interesting part:
Despite a tactical retreat this week–he [NY governor Elliot Spitzer] says he will only give illegal immigrants a license that isn’t valid for airplane travel and entering federal buildings–Mr. Spitzer has taken active steps to obliterate any distinctions between licenses given to citizens and non-citizens.
In a memo last Sept. 24, he ordered county clerks to remove the visa expiration date and “temporary visitor” stamp on licenses issued to non-citizens who are legally in the country. A Spitzer spokeswoman explained the change was made because the “temporary” label was “pejorative,” given that some visitors might eventually stay in the U.S. Under fire, Mr. Spitzer backed down this week, delaying the cancellation of the “temporary visitor” stamps through the end of next year.
But he has not retreated from another new bizarre policy. It used to be that county clerks who process driver’s licenses were banned from giving out voter registration forms to anyone without a Social Security number. No longer. Lou Dobbs of CNN reported that an Oct. 19 memo from the state DMV informed the clerks they don’t “have any statutory discretion to withhold a motor voter form.” What’s more, the computer block preventing a DMV clerk from transmitting a motor voter registration without a Social Security number was removed.
Gov. Spitzer’s office told me the courts have upheld their position on Social Security numbers. Sandy DePerno, the Democratic clerk of Oneida County, says that makes no sense. “This makes voter fraud easier,” she told me.
Hillary may be hoping:
Despite her muddled comments this week, there’s no doubt where Mrs. Clinton stands on ballot integrity. She opposes photo ID laws, even though they enjoy over 80% support in the polls. She has also introduced a bill to force every state to offer no-excuse absentee voting as well as Election Day registration–easy avenues for election chicanery. The bill requires that every state restore voting rights to all criminals who have completed their prison terms, parole or probation.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen notes that Mrs. Clinton is such a polarizing figure that she attracts between 46% and 49% support no matter which Republican candidate she’s pitted against–even libertarian Ron Paul. She knows she may have trouble winning next year. Maybe that’s why she’s thrown herself in with those who will look the other way as a new electoral majority is formed–even if that includes non-citizens, felons and those who suddenly cross a state line on Election Day and decide they want to vote someplace new.
Meanwhile, Obama says he would “engage in aggressive personal diplomacy” with Iran if elected president.
And when that doesn’t work, he’ll probably send them a strongly-worded letter, too.