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Brad DeLong notes that the GOP is sending poll watchers to monitor some heavily black precincts in Kentucky for voter fraud. This is apparently a form of intimidation and, of course, racist. Either that, or they’re trying to make sure that local officials in one-party precincts don’t turn a blind eye to, well, voter fraud.

The information is via Electrolite, a site which appears to be a haven for the insane, at least judging from the comments section.

The flyer (PDF format/Adobe Acrobat Reader required) used as proof of this invidious plot is rather illegible but appears innocuous.

Josh Marshall adds:

At the moment, there̢۪s a close-fought race for the governorship in Kentucky and, as often happens when these races come down to the wire, Republicans are at it again.

(In South Dakota last year these efforts were directed at Native Americans, but in this case African-Americans are the targeted group.)

But wasn’t there indeed legitimate concern of widespread corruption in the voting on the Indian reservations? ABC News reported,

The wild card in all of this could be the native American vote. While about 65,000 people on the reservations are eligible to vote in South Dakota, traditionally only 10,000 or so actually do. This time around, the Democrats have mounted a major push to register native Americans who tend mostly toward Democratic candidates.

But the registration effort is controversial. Currently, South Dakota’s attorney general and the FBI are investigating charges that the Democrats have engaged in fraud, registering dead people or those who no longer reside on the reservation. The investigation is important to a race that both sides believe could be decided by fewer than 10,000 votes.

A quick Google search reveals several useful articles on both sides of that question:

  • NewsMax says yes.
  • MyDD
  • Byron York, National Review
  • Josh Marshall himself apparently had a lot of coverage of the issue

    Oddly, I haven’t been able to find any results from the FBI investigation itself. It’s possible that it didn’t happen once Thune conceded the election.

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    James Joyner
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    James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

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    1. Paul says:

      So it is racist intimidation if you don’t let the other side cheat.

      What a way to run a party.

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    George Will makes a compelling if counterintuitive case that the Republicans are the party of opportunity for African Americans:

    Never have African-Americans been as prominent in a presidential administration as they are in the current one, given the war against terrorism and the prominence of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice in the waging of it. Before the war eclipsed domestic policy, the president was particularly interested in education policy, which is the purview of Secretary of Education Rod Paige, an African-American.

    Britain’s Conservative Party gave the country a Jewish prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli, and a woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. The second African-American elected governor of an American state since Reconstruction – Douglas Wilder was elected Virginia’s governor in 1989 – may come from America’s conservative party, the ranks of whose elected and appointed officials are decreasingly monochrome.

    And the successes of African-American Republicans in statewide elections will begin to produce modest – and tremendously consequential – Republican gains among African-Americans in presidential elections.

    Considering that Republicans seldom garner more than ten percent of the black vote, this is amazing indeed.

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    James Joyner
    About James Joyner
    James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

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    1. John Lemon says:

      Agreed. We have some strong outreach programs for the GOP where I live. The movement is cranking up at the grassroots level; and I’m seeing a lot more minorities showing up at GOP events.