GET YOUR POLL-WATCH PARTY ON!  1:30 pm October 31, 2012

God-Like Mitt Romney Imparts Great Gift Of Lying To Grateful Wisconsin Poll-Watchers

by Kris E. Benson

 Mitt Romney has a lot of skills you guys. Reading balance sheets! Being unemployed! Avoiding taxes! Running a business! Using an etch-a-sketch! Etc! But probably his BEST and most useful skillset is lying. Shamelessly lying, right in your face, and right in Candy Crowley’s face, and right in the President’s face. Is it therefore a big surprise that his campaign has been teaching poll workers how to lie? No, of course it is not. We expect this kind of crap from Mitt Romney and his campaign from now on because he is a horrible person.

 Mitt Romney’s campaign has been training poll watchers in Wisconsin with highly misleading — and sometimes downright false — information about voters’ rights.

 Documents from a recent Romney poll watcher training obtained by ThinkProgress contain several misleading or untrue claims about the rights of Wisconsin voters.

 We will interject here to note that even the liberal media is rendered nearly impotent in the face of such tactics. Note the use of words like “misleading” and “untrue” and “false” and even “HIGHLY misleading” as opposed to simply using the word “lie.” As in: “the Romney poll watcher training obtained by ThinkProgress contains several lies about voter eligibility, most of which disproportionately impact people of color and the poor.” But anyway, moving on:

 One blatant falsehood occurs on page 5 of the training packet, which informed poll watchers that any “person [who] has been convicted of treason, a felony, or bribery” isn’t eligible to vote. This is not true. Once a Wisconsin voter who has been convicted of a felony completes his or her sentence, that person is once again eligible to vote…. On page 3 of the packet, Romney poll workers were instructed to hide their affiliation with the campaign and told to sign in at the polls as a “concerned citizen” instead. As Kristina Sesek, Romney’s legal counsel who just graduated from Marquette Law School last year, explained, “We’re going to have you sign in this election cycle as a ‘concerned citizen.’ We’re just trying to alleviate some of the animosity of being a Republican observer up front.”

Gosh, why would anyone object to Republican observers simply hanging around the polls, observing democracy in action? Surely they are just concerned citizens, trying to make sure that every vote counts and every vote is counted.


Now, your Wonkette does not live in a swing state so no one cares about our votes here. As a result, we are free to throw our votes away on third party candidates and the like. But Wonketeers in important states like Wisconsin, Ohio, and Florida might want to keep an eye out for concerned citizens “observing” the election process.


[Think Progress]

 
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AlterNewt October 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Wisconsin voters are not that easily…uh-oh…

Biff October 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Welcome back, Wonkette…

DesertTed October 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I love that picture. It looks like some bankers finally got to meet an actual homeowner.

Yellerdawg October 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Well, to be fair, he knew that house was going to cost an arm and a leg.

WhatTheHeck October 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Mr. Zebra was hoping to be of little or no interest to the lyin bankers, but they quickly informed him they came after him because he was sub prime and their interest in him was very high.

TootsStansbury October 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

My take on the photo was the banker has met the foreclosed upon homeowners; he's even wearing the appropriate prison stripes.

tessiee October 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I'd like it better if it were several homeowners were meeting a pinstriped banker.

swordfis October 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I have a feeling that the zebra above just emerged from a car elevator.

Blueb4sinrise October 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

nth.

Nostrildamus October 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Is our posters learning?

Blueb4sinrise October 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Won't get fooled again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CivilMcMannerly October 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Got dumped today and I felt like "That's a bummer." Then I saw that Wonkett was down and I was like "I'm going to have to suicider myself, aren't I."

Geminisunmars October 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm

From the way Wonkette is acting, it would seem that you are still better off.

fuflans October 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm

very sorry about both occurrences and may the revived wonkettes bring you some solace.

HistoriCat October 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Just hold out for those Wonkette personals.

Kidneys4Sale October 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Much like the romney campaign, I plan to offer felonious pole watching.

emmelemm October 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Buck up, little camper. Wonkette is back, and Wonkette personals are just around the corner.

tessiee October 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Last time that happened to me I maked a pome:

When to the curb one kicked must be
Mind how thou come'st across.
'Tis no avail to whine a plea,
One needs must say, "Their loss".

Oblios_Cap October 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

But probably his BEST and most useful skillset is lying

It is definitely his most used skillset.

WhatTheHeck October 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Romney takes pride in his lying. A liar’s liar, if you please.

HistoriCat October 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Well at least they're not furriners like the observers in Texas!

OzoneTom October 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Nope, Chuck Testa!

SorosBot October 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm

"We’re going to have you sign in this election cycle as a ‘concerned citizen.’ "

So the Romney campaign is turning poll watchers into professional concern trolls.

CommieDad October 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm

You know, I hate the whole vote by mail thing we do here, but at least I don't have to deal with this kind of shit. I did have to show my ID to myself, however. For a while I didn't trust that I was me because I shaved. But my wife assured me that I was still the same asshole.

emmelemm October 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Look at it this way: you got to vote in your underwear.

Steverino247 October 31, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Vote nekkid!

Schmannnity October 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm

When in Wisconsin, Romney supporters are to always deny cutting the cheese.

FlownOver October 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm

As is true of "voter fraud," he who smelt it…

Goonemeritus October 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Signing in as anything other than a duped pawn of a plutocrat is a lie.

vulpes82 October 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm

But… but… but… THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY!!111!!!

Gleem McShineys October 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Black Panthers vs. White Lie-ns

Negropolis November 1, 2012 at 2:28 am

A White Lie-in when Romney supporters go to observe the polls and refuse to leave.

Mittaplasia October 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Citizens United, Concerned Citizens…add "citizen" to the growing list of words hijacked by reich wing whackdoodles who claim they are patriotic and REAL Amerikins. What does that even mean?

Is that a real American or is that a Sears Pancho, er, American?

SigDeFlyinMonky October 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Actually, I was very busy at the time.

Steverino247 October 31, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Hmm. No foolin'.

hagajim October 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

And in other news, Romney follows campaign strategy of bald-faced lying to the American public all the way to the polls. What a stunner.

badseeds October 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

"Republican observers simply hanging around the polls" = "German soldiers simply observing the Poles on Sept. 1, 1939."

unclejeems October 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Somewhere, Dick Nixon is high-fiving Lee Atwater.

fuflans October 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

are you implying that the black and white candidate gets taken out?

BoroPrimorac October 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Wasn't this type of shit illegal at one time?

FlownOver October 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Only if done while blah.

iburl October 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

robble robble

Dr. Nick Riviera October 31, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I'm so glad Wonkette is back…I need snark about Michigan polling…STAT. Ready to hang myself this morning.

Negropolis November 1, 2012 at 2:32 am

No snark necessary. Two more reputable polls came out, today, showing a six and eight point lead respectively, and I really do think it'll be higher than that come election day.

Glenngariff does polls for the conservative Detroit News.

Spurning Beer October 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Well, now it's a second offence.

natl_[redacted]_cmdr October 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm

"Now, your Wonkette does not live in a swing state so no one cares about our votes here. As a result, we are free to throw our votes away on third party candidates and the like"

Oh please don't do this. If the Prez wins the electoral college but not the popular vote this shit could get real real.

MissNancyPriss October 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

That picture makes me sad. Can't you just put Mitt's slow clap, McCain's lusty tongue or the Santorum children up instead as a default?

FlownOver October 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

You don't recognize the next generation of Romneys?

BarackMyWorld October 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Some "concerned citizen" tries to tell me I can't vote and they can watch my foot kicking them in the balls.

Steverino247 October 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Or you could tell them to do physically impossible things like fucking themselves.

HarryButtle October 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I am SOOOO hoping that one of these whackadoodles tries to stop me from voting…but I think they'll probably ignore me 'cause I don't look Messican enough and I don't speak Spanish (I'm in AZ).

Naked_Bunny October 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm

A little something for the pony haters, I see.

Callyson October 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm

"…We’re just trying to alleviate some of the awareness of attempting to suppress the vote up front.”

/fixed
/asshole
/FFS

PS: Welcome back Wonkette!

Baba_NinjaCat12 October 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm

What do you call when a voter in Wisconsin voted for a Democrat?
Voter Fraud

Baba_NinjaCat12 October 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Mitt idea of a Poll Watcher in Wisconsin.

TootsStansbury October 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Cheaters gonna cheat. Liars gonna lie.

sudsmckenzie October 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Vote Early, I did in WI yesterday, it took ten minutes, 5 of which involved me thanking poll workers and discussing my address (Pirates are involved). Felt great!

HarryButtle October 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Republican poll watchers lie? That's unpossible.

tessiee October 31, 2012 at 6:52 pm
natl_[redacted]_cmdr October 31, 2012 at 8:08 pm

The next year he went dressed as a speed bump.

Zango Crudmonger October 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Hey now, zebra goes well with Hobobeans. Now to get Mitt to ship some to the Wonkette Server Maintenance Staff.

Slim_Pickins October 31, 2012 at 7:18 pm

There is no objective evidence that Mitt actually can read a balance sheet, but I guess that's OT.

He certainly doesn't understand that taxes are income on a govmint balance sheet.

MegPasadena October 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I read somewhere today that NAACP, SEIU, etc. also send people to the polling places in swing states to fend off these "observers" so voters can be unmolested. I hope it works.

MilwaukeeKent October 31, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Here in Wisconsin, the AM talkers are upset that the state elections overseers ruled that these misinformed belligerent Tea-Party observers have to stay 6 feet away from voters — their viewpoint is anyone voting for the Democratic Party candidate is proof of fraud, as is the mere presence of our tawny brethren, in shades from Latino to ebony — I think they were (and are still) planning to get all up in peoples grills, like the Tea Partiers at Democratic town halls during the healthcare debate. Goes in hand with the voter intimidation from Romney on down of scaring your employees out of voting Obama (may that backfire on them — you'd think people would get a whiff of what 4 years of Romney would be like – 4 years of being addressed as the Help, Employees and "you people").

decentcitizen November 1, 2012 at 1:12 am

I am Irish/ Seminole -Cherokee. I invite any "concerned citizen" to approach me (and 14 year old son) as I vote Tuesday and sees how that turns out for them.

usuhname November 1, 2012 at 2:28 am

I have often observed that Jesus died for our sins so that rape-mocking gun-hugging greed-lovers could be rooted and lied for. Its totally What Jeebus Wud Doop.

editor November 1, 2012 at 2:57 am

‘concerned citizen.’

is it just me, or does anyone else think this is this a bigger red flag than "republican"?

this tends to be the way that neighborhood busybodies sign the anonymous notes they leave on your car or your door when you have committed some unwritten crime. (like parking, or living.)

i must throw up in my mouth a little bit now.

Nowisallthereis November 1, 2012 at 6:48 am

I would LOVE to have an 'observer' challenge me at my polling place. LOVE IT. There was a lady out front when I early-voted last week with an armful of papers. Turns out she was handing out sample ballots so people would be familiar with them when they got in – so I let her live. BTW – early voting is GREAT. Took me 5 minutes.

ttommyunger November 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Noted that Wonkette was down and my first thought was: Wow, an extra two hours a day! Then I thought, no more "Becca, Barb, Liz and teh gurlz, and I wuz hadz a sadz…..(You too, Elviously).

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