Huh. I’m guessing the Republicans’ little voter challenge stunt isn’t generating quite the kind of media coverage they had intended. The papers and TV newscasts are now filled with tales of angry voters, wrongly disenfranchised at the hands of the GOP’s unscrupulous leaders and incompetent interns. And more errors continue to surface as voters respond and Democrats pour through the list.
The Stranger drolly dubbed the fiasco “Fibby-gate”, but an astute reader pointed me towards an intriguing tidbit in the Mercer Island Reporter that suggests Fibby-gate may have closer connections to White House scandals than just a little amusing word play:
Island residents Linda Ayers and Lori Sotelo had a whirlwind four days last month when they visited Washington, D.C., after being invited there for a holiday reception by a friend who works for President George W. Bush.
The pair arrived in Washington on Dec. 12. The next day, they attended a briefing in the Executive Offices building with Bush’s chief strategist Karl Rove and Chief of Staff Andrew Card.
Of course it was KCGOP Vice-Chair Lori Sotelo who falsely declared “under penalty of perjury” that she had personal knowledge that her victims were illegally registered to vote. While I’m not necessarily suggesting that Rove himself had his fingers in the KCGOP’s botched voter intimidation effort, it is certainly the kind of dirty trick that bears a likeness to his handiwork, if not his actual fingerprints. Regardless, there can now be no question that Rove is a man who Sotelo knows, admires and emulates.