Romney’s backers concede the election with new talking point: voter fraud

  • Published on November 5th, 2012

I’m a regular Facebook user, like many folks in my age bracket. I also follow politics, including Jeremy’s great posts here on Red Green and Blue and often “Like” and share them on Facebook. As a result, Facebook puts a good deal of political ads on my sidebar. Over the last 2 days I’ve seen a big reversal in those ads…there are many more showing up now talking about voter fraud, rather than just bashing President Obama. Given that they have the absolute worst possible pictures of Democrats in them, these new ads are clearly sponsored by some right-wing group. Check this one out, with the worst picture you’ve ever seen of Attorney General Eric Holder:

Jeez, the guy looks like Darth Vader and Lando Calrissian had a baby. Is he choking Admiral Ackbar with that finger? But here’s what it makes me think:

Romney backers have conceded tomorrow’s election.

Here’s why. Instead of urging people to get out to vote for their candidate or generally bashing Obama & Biden, which they’ve been doing now for about four years in the ads on my sidebar, this last spate of ads has a far different purpose. It’s to plant the seeds of continued distrust and disgruntlement with their supporters.

Here’s the bottom line. The New York Times 538 election site, HuffPost’s election center, Real Clear Politics, and Electoral-vote, all of which aggregate polls, weight them based on sample size, and average them to produce a scientific estimate of what’s going to happen in tomorrow election, all say that Romney’s chances are basically nil. Here’s NYT’s forecast:

Recall that to win, President Obama only needs 270 electoral votes. In the NYT forecast, which has him losing Florida’s 29 electoral votes, he still wins by a large margin.

So what’s a party that obstructed Obama’s agenda to the best of their ability for four years, using the filibuster 3x more than any other Senate in history, to do when everything they’ve done, all the money they’ve got poured into their coffers from oil barons…..all amounts to nothing?

Start talking voter fraud and make everyone disgusted. That way, when Romney loses tomorrow, the right can say “we told you so…it was because Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder allowed too much voter fraud.”

Don’t believe me? Consider this…voter fraud is extremely rare. Kind of like getting killed by a rabid monkey rare. In Pennsylvania, Mike Turzai, the Pennsylvania House majority leader, said they passed a voter ID law that was intended to allow Romney to win Pennsylvania by turning away low income voters who may not have a driver’s license, even though state officials actually said, in court, that they had no evidence whatsoever of voter fraud [PDF] in the past, and didn’t expect it to happen in this election. (Turzai’s spokesman later changed the subject…uh, I mean tried to justify Turzai’s comments but failed to erase history and keep his boss out of hot water).

So what happens when you click on that horrid image of the Vader-Calrissian child above? Here’s the landing page:

Quote: “I know that voter fraud is a widespread problem that will affect the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election”.

And, not to be outdone, here’s Fox/Faux News on the scary mean voter fraud that’s about to be perpetrated on the American people by the left!

Here’s a particularly hilarious one, from the Facebook group started in November 2008 called “I will not vote for Obama in 2012”:

By changing the subject, Romney’s backers seem to have abandoned him during his last stand (even though they supported him through lying about clean energy, lying about the auto bailout, and flipflopping his way through, well, every policy issue ever). One can only imagine that the headlines tomorrow across right wing media, including newspapers (Wall Street Journal, New York Post, every city’s daily Examiner paper), Fox/Faux News, crackly AM radio stations with one douchebag talking head wannabe-Limbaugh after another, Clear Channel, and the rest. It won’t be about Obama winning an election, that’s for sure…it’ll be more hate-based questions about the validity of our 44th President.

After all, the birthers needed something new, right?


About the Author

Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on


  • “Adjunct Professor of Sustainability”? Sort of on par with Professor of Peruvian Basket Weaving, 1520-1680, eh?

    • haha…yes, just like that. Except I teach part time in the MBA program at an accredited business school and am a four time entrepreneur. Sustainability is now core curriculum at over 160 business schools across the nation, including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, UMichigan… If you’d stop the blind criticism just for a moment, you’ll start to realize that this is exactly why your side is losing elections. Sustainability is the path forward…we have no other option.

  • Good thing our ancestors ate meat and evolved from simple minded primates to humans due to the increased caloric intake! You are a fool dragging down others with him.

    • Did you really just allude to a refusal of acceptance for the PROVEN fact of evolution?! If that be the case your credibility is ZERO. You have proven to willfully disregard the actual universe.

    • hmm. An interesting point, if entirely historically inaccurate. Our cavemen ancestors relied on meat until someone smart started cultivating plants. Good luck with that colon cancer!

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