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

 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.

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 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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Kris E. Benson writes about politics for Wonkette and is pursuing a doctorate in philosophy. This will come in handy for when they finally open that philosophy factory in the next town over. @Kris_E_Benson

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69 comments

    1. WhatTheHeck

      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.

    2. TootsStansbury

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

  1. CivilMcMannerly

    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."

    1. tessiee

      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".

  2. Oblios_Cap

    But probably his BEST and most useful skillset is lying

    It is definitely his most used skillset.

  3. SorosBot

    "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.

  4. CommieDad

    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.

  5. Mittaplasia

    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?

  6. hagajim

    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.

  7. badseeds

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

  8. Dr. Nick Riviera

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

    1. Negropolis

      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.

  9. natl_[redacted]_cmdr

    "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.

  10. MissNancyPriss

    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?

  11. BarackMyWorld

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

    1. HarryButtle

      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).

  12. Callyson

    "…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!

  13. sudsmckenzie

    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!

  14. Zango Crudmonger

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

  15. Slim_Pickins

    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.

  16. MegPasadena

    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.

  17. MilwaukeeKent

    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").

    1. decentcitizen

      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.

  18. usuhname

    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.

  19. editor

    ‘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.

  20. Nowisallthereis

    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.

  21. ttommyunger

    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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