By Brad Friedman on 7/5/2006, 12:05pm PT  

BTCNews' Weldon Berger makes a very astute observation in an article posted Monday suggesting "Republicans set to cry 'Foul!' in November elections."

He contends (with a suggested measure of inside skinny) that the GOP will use the evidence and arguments of election integrity advocates, such as yours truly and others, in making their case that Electronic Voting Machine fraud may have occurred in certain close elections this November if needed.

Berger's observations are well supported by both common sense and history of the GOP --- who, unlike Dems, have proven themselves more than willing to pull out any and all stops to fight a close election and even go to court to throw out valid votes whenever necessary if that's what they need to do to win. The GOP doesn't have the same fear gene that curses Dems when it comes to standing up and fighting when they feel they've been robbed (or, perhaps more appropriately with the GOP, opportunistically announcing they've been robbed even when they haven't been.)

Berger's column ought to serve as a siren call for the DNC to wake the hell up about what's going on here. Before it's too late. If it isn't already.

My only dispute with the otherwise dead-on article is this contention:

The Democratic National Committee should begin raising and setting aside funds to challenge elections in which e-voting fraud is suspected

Right sentiment. Wrong plan. The fact of the matter is that by the time such elections have been completed, it will have been too late to do anything about it. Especially if it's one of those sore-loser, tin-foil hat wearing Democrats making the charge (the same charge, made by a Republican, will be met with no such derision, of course --- except perhaps via irony-drenched coverage here at The BRAD BLOG.)

If the DNC wishes to stave off the possibility of electronic voting fraud this November, when thousands of crucial elections will take place on the very same day around the country, the time to do so is now. Not in November. The DNC and DCCC ought to be out here and all over the illegally run Busby/Bilbray special U.S. House election from June 6th. NOW.

I can't say it any clearer than that.

At least the DNC won't be able to say, come the day after, November 8th, that they hadn't been warned. Give Berger's article a read.