March 27, 2008

Prosecuting the Crossovers Update: Keeler Keenly Eyes a Calamity

Imagine that — It turns out that crossing over goes in both directions (HT Ben Keeler at The Point):

About 17,100 Republicans and 3,000 Democrats in Cuyahoga County (CC) switched parties in the March 4 primary, the county Board of Elections found during an investigation of whether voters lied when they signed affidavits pledging allegiance to their new party.

But Ohio’s elections chief warned Tuesday against prosecuting any of these 20,119 crossover voters because doing so could be a violation of free-speech rights.

Oh, this is great; bi-partisan “poster boys” and bi-partisan show trials. Bring, it, on.

Keeler has much more to say about this:

This whole notion is just dumb. CC Board of Elections member Sandy McNair wants county prosecutor Bill Mason to look into this whole situation (now known as Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos”). Mason said “It’s going to be very difficult if not impossible to make a case against a voter who has switched parties.” No kidding. The county’s prosecutors office is overworked as is, you know, with stuff that is actually important.

Indeed. How are those prosecutions relating to Cleveland’s 134 murders last year going?

Ironic: Kos said that Dems crossing over to vote for Romney in Michigan in January would be “hav(ing) some fun.”

Now, delusional Dems in Ohio, some of whom said the exact same thing in January, along with some in Ohio’s Old Media (but I repeat myself) characterize GOPers crossing over to vote Democratic as “malicious.” But that must be the case with the thousands of Dems now shown to have crossed over to vote for Republicans in the very same election, right?

The only thing that would be truly malicious would be any kind of prosecution. From here, it seems that if CC prosecutes, the persons charged would:
a) win,
b) own Cuyahoga County after winning a malicious-prosecution civil suit or settlement, and
c) once they assume ownership, run it better with their eyes closed than the people supposedly doing it now.



  1. Well said. These politicians are getting a little too wrapped up in their own egos.

    Comment by anne — March 27, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

  2. Thanks for the link, Tom.

    Comment by Ben Keeler — March 28, 2008 @ 5:23 pm

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