OH AND ACORN ALSO TOO  4:44 pm August 9, 2012

Scott Brown ‘Outraged’ That Citizens Who Don’t Even Own Property Registering To Vote

by Doktor Zoom

Actual Contents of Scott Brown's MindSen. Scott Brown is soo mad, you guys! He apparently just found out about this little-known secret plot to destroy him by adding a lot of undesirable poors to the voter rolls! The culprit is the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, aka the “Motor Voter Law,” which since 1995 has required state governments to offer people the opportunity to register to vote when they access government services, like getting a driver’s license or — and here’s the UNFAIR! thing — applying for welfare benefits. This aggression, says the furry-chested former Cosmo sexyboy, will not stand, man.

You see, a number of groups have been suing states to ensure that the law was actually followed. One of those suits was pursued in Massachusetts — a woman complained that she wasn’t offered the chance to register to vote when she applied for assistance, and rather than fight the case, the Commonwealth settled, saying Oh, yeah, right, that federal law thing. As part of the settlement, Massachusetts agreed to offer voter registration, by mail, to the 477,944 people who had not been given the chance to register when they applied for various benefits, as they should have been.

Scott Brown sees this move to enforce a federal law for exactly what it is: an attempt to steal his Senate seat, which rightfully belongs to him. Never mind that seven other states also face similar lawsuits aimed at forcing them to comply with the Motor Voter law; Brown has seized on the fact that one of the four voting-rights advocacy groups in the Massachusetts case is chaired by the daughter of his opponent, Elizabeth Warren. See? Totally unfair! Brown’s campaign issued a statement that is not at all whiny, and that conveniently forgets to mention that Massachusetts agreed to the settlement because it was violating a federal law:

I want every legal vote to count, but it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another. This effort to sign up welfare recipients is being aided by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and it’s clearly designed to benefit her mother’s political campaign. It means that I’m going to have to work that much harder to get out my pro-jobs, pro-free enterprise message.

To be perfectly clear, this is a sitting US Senator complaining about people having access to the vote, in compliance with the nation’s election laws. But… but… they receive welfare! That must make their votes illegal somehow! (You will be astonished to learn that the press release also mentions ACORN! You did not see that coming, did you?)

Brown’s dog-whistle strategy here fits nicely with Mitt Romney’s lies about welfare reform: Beware, America! An army of Poors (especially the black black blaackety-black-black blacks) is being mobilized by the food-stamp President to steal your moneys! WITH VOTES!

[ThinkProgress]

 

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Buzz Feedback August 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

The poors can have their food stamps OR their butterfly ballots, but not both. Mmmkay?

actor212 August 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Yes, a non-partisan voter-rights advocacy group is so totes going to ruin your chances at getting elected.

I mean, it's not like she's Florida governor, man. See, now that would be totally fair, right?

coolhandnuke August 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Scott Brown to the poors–"Let them eat beefcake."

mlle_derp August 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Tee-hee!

SexySmurf August 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Scott Brown thinks only people who wear monocles should be allowed to vote.

Negropolis August 10, 2012 at 12:26 am

In Massachusetts, that would mean Warren in a landslide.

Billmatic August 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Yeah buddy! Keep sayin dumb shit, stick with this narrative! I want Senator Warren!

MadBrahms August 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

The Maddow Blog may have said it best: "As a rule, any sentence that begins, 'I want every legal vote to count, but…' isn't going to end well."

IonaTrailer August 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Chicago Voter

My father was a staunch conservative and voted a straight Republican ticket until the day he died.

Now he votes Democratic.

Nostrildamus August 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Uhhhh, staunch conservatives of your dad's generation voted for this guy (D).

Iam_Who_Iam August 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I just want to know how a troll got more pee points than me. Now I have a sadz.

edit: I meant that trailer trash fellow not you Nostrildamus.

IonaTrailer August 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I'm not a troll.
How rude!

And yes, I grew up under Hiz Honnor da Mayor, and what a moron he was.
I lived around the corner from Obama's house.

Chet Kincaid_ August 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

If Hizz Honnor was so fucking stupid, how come Detroit, Cleveland, New York and other cities went down the toilet in the '70s while Chicago was still working?

Iam_Who_Iam August 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Iona, I looked at your comment history and you seem to be a regular harmless Wonketti so I supposed the troll tag was uncalled for (though you seem pretty troll-y when it comes to Chicago and voting Democrats). Anyhow, I'm sorry for misjudging you. It’s a shame too, I was gearing up to refer to you as Iona Troller Trash, clever right? Nevermind.

Chet Kincaid_ August 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm

That meme is so relevant today! So who you for, Kennedy or Nixon?

Willardbot9000_V2.5 August 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

that's actually kind of funny…it's so wingnutty it could only be ironic especially given all the recent voter fraud (duhn! duhn! duhn!) has of course been committed by Republicans. Chicago really has made corruption into an art form that needs to be appreciated. It's not Louisianna where corruption is so culturally ingrained they can't even recognize it…but it's pretty amazing. There's also Boss Tweed who was so corrupt he was a human caricature. But Chicago, Tweed and Louisianna could never, ever compare to the national election corruption. Right now as we speak the GOP is crafting a platform based upon a bribe menu where $10 million gets you the "let's kill the Muslims" plank on the platform, etc. Just unfucking believable…

IonaTrailer August 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Yes, there was something almost charming about Chicago corruption. Unless of course you were black or poor and then you were just fucked.

Negropolis August 10, 2012 at 12:28 am

Nice.

I love how everyone missed the snark. lol

IonaTrailer August 10, 2012 at 12:34 am

Thank you, Sweetheart.

mlle_derp August 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

"… it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another."

But aren't most Tea Partyers ON Welfare?

mrpuma2u August 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Or they got their hoverround free with soshuliss medicaid.

JustPixelz August 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Brown still doesn't like the browns, does he?

mlle_derp August 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I thought UPS employed many persons of color?

IceCreamEmpress August 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

80% of welfare recipients in Mass. are white, non-Hispanic.

He is cutting his own throat with this shit because they are the people who would vote for him because he has a pickup truck and his daughter was on "American Idol" and also Jesus, whereas that Elizabeth Warren lady is a snooty Harvard professor with glasses.

Fox n Fiends August 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Its about the narrative, not the reality. sadly.

IceCreamEmpress August 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Ah! You have enlightened me, seriously. He's dogwhistling to his fellow Republicans, even if it costs him some votes. Oh, Scotty, you devious cad.

Lascauxcaveman August 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Imma shoot this whiny bitch in the ass. With food stamps.

finallyhappy August 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

ok, now I want to smack him and Joe Walsh.

actor212 August 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Mike Dukakis
John Kerry
Mitt Romney
Scott Brown

Um, Massachussetts? Don't look now but you're in danger of tipping over into Tennessee territory for shitty candidates. You can only run so long on the legacy of JF/RF/EMK, you know.

Schmannnity August 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

OT Are his daughters registered and are they being polled?

MadBrahms August 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Don't you mean "poled"?

actor212 August 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Depends on which bar they're working tonight.

Negropolis August 10, 2012 at 12:30 am

Someone needs to check the Massachusetts sex offender registry or the Boston strip clubs…or both.

IonaTrailer August 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

"Vote early, vote often" we used to say growing up in Chicago.

BoatOfVelociraptors August 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

How long ago did you grow up?

IonaTrailer August 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Was 11 in 1960.

Got my ass out of Chicago in 1968. Missed the convention that summer. But a lot of friends got trashed. Went to the west coast.

not that Dewey August 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Who can Brown screw for you?

JustPixelz August 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I'd take his worries over taxpayer money and people gaming the electoral system if I could find his stirring denunciation of voter ID laws, early voting restrictions. For that matter, think of the government money that could be saved by using Bed, Bath and Beyond 20% certificates. They have M1A1 tanks (in "beyond").

Baconzgood August 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEE

THE PERSON RUNNING AGAINST ME IS A BETTER CANIDATE THAN ME.

WHHHHHHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

SexySmurf August 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

OT In Blago news:

Among the other things secretly recorded by the FBI: "that Blagojevich mentioned naming Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry to Obama's vacant Senate seat so he could 'have a shot' at having sex with her."

He's like the anti-Bulworth.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I'm starting to gain respect for Blago.

GeorgiaBurning August 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Can't blame him for that

widestanceromance August 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Yeah, she'd be heels to heaven for a piece of that.

HistoriCat August 9, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Halle Berry would be fucking golden.

Baconzgood August 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

He went on to write, "I thought the CU ruling made it $1 1 vote. What the fuck people?"

fartknocker August 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

So if I receive Federal disaster assistance does that mean I can't vote? Another goat fuck trying to disenfranchise voters. He might as well say that he doesn't want anyone other than white people at the polls.

AncienReggie August 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

These numbers may be stale, but I believe over 70% of welfare recipients are white. And yes, that's welfare, not social security, medicare, disability, military pensions or any of the other forms of federal life support.

outragedcitizen August 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

He, and the GOPbaggers, doesn't want anyone other then white people to vote.

MonkeyMotion August 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Senator Brown and his supporters should simply spend the next 3 months PRAYING.

Cuz, you know, that'll fix everything. Like it always does. Right?

DerrickWildcat August 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Don't you have to own land to vote?

ImpureScience August 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Or slaves.

FlownOver August 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Land is people, too, my friend.

Doktor Zoom August 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Slaves are land, also, too.

Baconzgood August 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm

If people that get welfare cant vote and BP gets welfare and thier a citizen and….My head's getting dizzy with this GOP spiral.

CheeseBro69 August 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I swear to god if Massachusetts re-elects this asshole, the whole state should be quarantined.

walterhwhite August 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I'm from Massachusetts and have to agree with you. Thing is, even though Mass. has this super-liberal reputation, you gotta watch out for those big pockets of Republicans.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Clearly, if you allow people to vote, Republicans can't win. What part of the Constitution do you not understand!!!

PubOption August 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

It does say that states are guaranteed a Republican Form of Government.

outragedcitizen August 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

It's during the elections that being part of the 1% sucks.

Callyson August 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another.

But it's quite alright to run voter registration drives that target the military, isn't it?

Asshole.

SorosBot August 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

And perfectly OK to create voter ID requirements that make it harder for the poor to vote as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another.

Naked_Bunny August 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm
GeorgiaBurning August 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

"Welfare recipients" has a broad meaning when you consider how many Republicans live off government spending. Or collect money directly from one program or another.

Naked_Bunny August 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Of course, the only reason why this sort of program boosts one party over the other is that the other party is always trying to screw the people who need the program.

DaSandman August 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

The poors want to vote? Next they'll want food.

qwerty42 August 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm

So ….. Sen. Scott favors following the law unless it might cause him problems, then he favors not following the law?

grex1949 August 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

zackly. somethin' wrong wit dat?

pinkocommi August 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm

That's some nerve. It's almost as if people who are on welfare think they are citizens with rights or something. It'd be totally different if they were corporations. Then of course then can vote!

GeorgiaBurning August 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

When it's a corporation, they don't call it "welfare"

grex1949 August 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

They call it "no-bid contract".

ImpureScience August 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm

"I want every legal vote to count, but it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another."

You know about the way to analyze a sentence like this, right? You throw away everything up to and including the "but"…

mrpuma2u August 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm

It's like these blahs/brownz/poorz think voting is a right or something…

SorosBot August 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

It's very simple; Republicans are against the right to vote for anyone who is unlikely to vote Republican. They hate democracy and freedom.

widestanceromance August 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Democracy and freedom will destroy this nation!1!1

iburl August 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

How did this happen? I thought that Soros had eliminated all those enemies who speak the name of our illustrious leader ACORN.

HAIL ACORN!

SayItWithWookies August 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Scott Brown believes that if welfare is good enough for the rich, then it's too good for the poor. Disenfranchising them is the only way to keep 'em out of the government-subsidy country club.

IceCreamEmpress August 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Cut your own throat some more, Scott! Most of Massachusetts's welfare recipients are your base, dude—white high-school dropouts. The welfare offices in Worcester and Chicopee and pretty much everywhere outside of 128 look like the Gathering of the Juggalos without the mud lake.

Fox n Fiends August 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

100% accurate.

mavenmaven August 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Only people with high incomes who pay no taxes should be allowed to vote.

CthuNHu August 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

This worked wonderfully for the French aristocracy for centuries.

Eventually, of course, liberals took over and the government insisted on taking their cut.

rickmaci August 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Jeebuz but he is one sniveling, whiny, beeotch. How does an asshole like that become a United States Senator?

bobbert August 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

A really poor Democratic candidate?

BoroPrimorac August 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Man cleavage.

IceCreamEmpress August 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm

The Democratic candidate didn't bother to campaign.

Seriously, she couldn't be arsed to campaign even a bit. Martha Coakley, you are a mixed bag as Attorney General, but even the purely good things you've done in that role will never ever make up for your criminal laziness and self-importance in letting this jabrone walk over you into a Senate seat.

An_Outhouse August 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

He left out the part where the voters were also provided with absentee ballots with Elizabeth Warren already selected. For convenience!

Fox n Fiends August 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm

The problem with the 1% is that democracy is so….inconvenient for them.

GeorgiaBurning August 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Voting gets confusing for the lower classes, they might screw up and vote for the wrong sort of candidate.

Self-Uploader August 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I'm confused. Was there a geological shift? When did Massachusetts join the confederacy?

Come here a minute August 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Let's be fair and offer to register everyone who takes advantage of the capital gains tax cuts.

Wilcoxyz August 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

How many years of IRS returns should you have to show in order to register?

grex1949 August 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

"Let 'em vote, but only if they vote for me. I'm in favor of counting every legal vote for me. Registering people who might be inclined not to vote for me is a bad idea, because these voters might not vote for me. It's outrageous to tell people who might not vote for me that they even have the right to vote. The fact that my opponent's daughter is behind this sinister plot makes the plot even more diabolical. Now I'm going to have to work harder to mislead the electorate so I have a chance to win in November. Vote for Me."

WhatTheHeck August 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Like they say in third world countries, You can’t be sucking on the gubbermint teat, and, stick your finger in the ink (to show you voted).

AddHomonym August 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Wait. Poor people all aspire to be rich and therefore vote Republican. Is everyone fogetting that old chestnut?

bureaucrap August 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

What we need is a mirror voter registration law, so they can feel their constituencies have been served. You are automatically registered to vote every time you buy a boat of 40' or larger; buy a house of four or more bedrooms; buy an imported luxury car for cash, join a country club, or enroll your child in a private school.

RadioBowels August 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I could go for a pro-job right about now….

docterry6973 August 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I thought you had to own property worth $150K before you could vote..

owhatever August 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Poor people are simply not allowed to vote. It's just not done. Why is that so hard for liberals to understand?

Naked_Bunny August 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

It's unfair that Republicans should have to face any consequences for their efforts to fuck over poor people.

Dashboard Buddha August 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

What is it with these fucking republicans and their time machine conspiracies? Barry went back in time to frig with the birth certificate…now someone's gone back (probably E. Warren) and diddle the motor voter law just so she could beat Brown.

Tide: Beat…not BE Brown. Gah.

TribecaMike August 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Bit o' trivia re the graphic, from Wikipedia:

"When invited to perform at the White House for the first time in 1970, Richard Nixon's office requested that he play 'Okie from Muskogee' (a satirical Merle Haggard song about people who despised youthful drug users and war protesters) and 'Welfare Cadillac' (a Guy Drake song which denies the integrity of welfare recipients). Cash declined to play either and instead selected other songs, including 'The Ballad of Ira Hayes' (about a brave Native American World War II veteran who was mistreated upon his return to Arizona), and his own compositions, 'What Is Truth' and 'Man in Black'."

ttommyunger August 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

…but I would like to fuck his daughters-in front of him.

Negropolis August 10, 2012 at 12:29 am

Wasn't Scotty's mommy on welfare? Isn't this something he originally bragged about to get him elected? Why wasn't this brought up immediately?

IceCreamEmpress August 11, 2012 at 1:59 am

Welfare is like abortion; IOKIYAR but a stench in the nose of God otherwise.

notanncoulter August 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm

He needs to address the important questions of the day, like…
CAN you buy Grey Poupon with food stamps?

dcjdjay August 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Male models on welfare, however, are exempted from Scott's indignation.

BZ1 August 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Milady doth protests too much, me thinks

IonaTrailer August 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Chicago didn't?

Chet Kincaid_ August 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

No it didn't. I was here. For example:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_New_York_
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Cleveland

Now show me the details on Chicago going bankrupt or into default in the '70s.

IonaTrailer August 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

White flight, factories closing, cops kicking our doors in – but okay, not into bankruptcy

Chet Kincaid_ August 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I didn't say Chicago was perfect. But pick any random year in the '70s, and I would rather be here than New York, Cleveland or Detroit. The fact that Daley I was not a complete "moron" may have had something to do with that.

IonaTrailer August 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm

No harm done. It's just that growing up in Chicago in the 1950's and 60's was pretty funny. I remember when my dad told me you didn't have to have a folded $5 bill under your driver's license when one of Chicago's finest stopped you for speeding, because $2 would do the trick. And if you didn't fork over a small donation to the local Alderman, your trash wouldn't get picked up. And god help you if the fireman ever had to come to your house – they'd steal whatever wasn't nailed down. But oddly, as long as you subscribed to the way things actually were, and didn't worry about how they weren't like they were supposed to be, everything worked. Our Alderman was Leon Depres was our lefty Alderman and City Hall hated him. We loved him.

IonaTrailer August 10, 2012 at 3:37 am

I'm just saying that Richard J Daley was a wannabe Nicolae Ceaușescu. I had to live through that shit.

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