Changing Their Story


WRAL reports that State House Speaker Thom Tillis is peddling a new reason for passing a Voter ID bill in North Carolina: restoring public confidence in the election system. Confidence that Republicans such as Hans von Spakovsky have worked so long and so hard to undermine.

Appearing on MSNBC from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Tillis told anchor Craig Melvin:

“We call this restoring confidence in government,” Tillis said. “There are a lot of people who are just concerned with the potential risk of fraud.”

He added a voter ID law “would make nearly three-quarters of the population more comfortable and more confident when they go to the polls.

Right, the way invading Iraq made people more comfortable about the “potential risk” from WMDs. The GOP ginned up the threat from nonexistent WMDs to manufacture public support for a costly invasion. The same way Republicans used the “potential risk” from voter fraud to drum up public support for a bill aimed at suppressing the votes of the elderly, the poor, and minorities.

What was it their “war president,” George W. Bush, said? You can’t get fooled again?


  1. mmurrayb says:

    If this was not serious this guy would be funny. The one question that I continue to have if is there is so much fraud occurring then why is the GOP in charge?since many of the voters they are targeting traditionally vote democratic then Obama would have carried this state,McCrory would not be governor and Tillis would not be speaker. I have been an elections judge for 10 years in 3 NC Counties and I have 100% confidence in the system,I don’t always like the outcome that is not the point. The GOP won fair and square in 2010 and 12 under the current system,I can’t stand it but I have hope for 2014. The people of NC trust our voting system, the GOP has flamed emotions over the fraud issue and the facts are not in their favor and they cannot create any.
    They only thing that needs to be changed is the composition of the General Assembly.

  2. shadmarsh says:

    At least we don’t have to worry about the potential risk of rising sea levels as a result of global warming, because none of those things exist.

  3. News & Observer reports that public approval of the GOP-controlled NC legislature is down to 23%.

    The first issue cited by N&O that has led to falling public regard is Rep. Moffitt’s boob bill (currently languishing in the House Rules Committee, the place bills go to die.)

    Ha ha! It’s all going according to plan. What else can the City of Asheville trick Moffitt into doing?

    BTW, a recent, former employee of Rep. Moffitt has come out & said this about Moffitt’s motivations, especially on the water issue:

    It is based on retribution for the harms he feels that city has inflicted on him personally in terms of fines for dumping (which he denies as his fault) or how he gets to manage his property and other issues. These go back decades. The animosity runs deep for personal and business reasons. Much of what we are seeing is get-back, not a guiding hand to a better managed city government.

  4. shadmarsh says:

    Who is paying Rosenthal now I wonder?

  5. Davyne Dial says:

    Who is paying Rosenthal now I wonder?”

    Sure didn’t last that long @ Moffitt International….just saying.

  6. Tom Sullivan says:

    Fitzsimon File, Monday numbers

    21 million—estimated number of votes cast in North Carolina elections in the last 12 years (Testimony Before North Carolina Assembly Committee on Voter ID on March 13 by Keesha Gaskins, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law)

    1—number of cases of voter impersonation fraud that occurred in North Carolina in the last 12 years according to the State Board of Elections (Ibid)

    5—number of votes per million cast in North Carolina from 2004 to 2010 that involved fraud that a voter ID law MAY have prevented according to investigations by the State Board of Elections (“The Facts About Voter ID,” Democracy North Carolina)

    86—total number of convictions for improper voting found in five-year national investigation by of tens of millions of votes by the U.S. Department under the administration of President George W. Bush (“In 5-Year Effort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud,” New York Times, April 12, 2007)

  7. TJ says:

    Well. You know those numbers kept Romney from his landslide win, right?

    And, let’s not forget Miss count-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and- oops, sorry about that… whatshername.

    Oh well, I guess since that WW trick didn’t work to keep student votes down, gotta fall back onto something.

    Just heard that Republicans will be spending millions trying to reach, women, Hispanics, “homosexuals,” and other minorities because of this last election.

    Guess EVERY vote will count, eh?!

    Go R’s!

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