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

    Wisconsin voters are not that easily…uh-oh…

  • Biff

    Welcome back, Wonkette…

  • DesertTed

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

    • Yellerdawg

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

    • 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.

    • TootsStansbury

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

    • tessiee

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

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

  • Blueb4sinrise


    • Nostrildamus

      Is our posters learning?

      • Blueb4sinrise

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

  • 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."

    • Geminisunmars

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

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

    • HistoriCat

      Just hold out for those Wonkette personals.

      • Kidneys4Sale

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

    • emmelemm

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

    • 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".

  • Oblios_Cap

    But probably his BEST and most useful skillset is lying

    It is definitely his most used skillset.

  • WhatTheHeck

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

  • HistoriCat

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

  • OzoneTom

    Nope, Chuck Testa!

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • emmelemm

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

      • Steverino247

        Vote nekkid!

  • Schmannnity

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

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

  • Goonemeritus

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

  • vulpes82

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

    • Gleem McShineys

      Black Panthers vs. White Lie-ns

      • Negropolis

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

  • 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?

    • SigDeFlyinMonky

      Actually, I was very busy at the time.

      • Steverino247

        Hmm. No foolin'.

  • 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.

  • badseeds

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

  • unclejeems

    Somewhere, Dick Nixon is high-fiving Lee Atwater.

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

  • BoroPrimorac

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

  • robble robble

  • Dr. Nick Riviera

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

    • 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.

  • Well, now it's a second offence.

  • 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.

  • 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?

    • You don't recognize the next generation of Romneys?

  • BarackMyWorld

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

    • Steverino247

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

    • 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).

  • Naked_Bunny

    A little something for the pony haters, I see.

  • Callyson

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


    PS: Welcome back Wonkette!

  • Baba_NinjaCat12

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

  • Baba_NinjaCat12

    Mitt idea of a Poll Watcher in Wisconsin.

  • TootsStansbury

    Cheaters gonna cheat. Liars gonna lie.

  • 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!

  • HarryButtle

    Republican poll watchers lie? That's unpossible.

  • tessiee
    • natl_[redacted]_cmdr

      The next year he went dressed as a speed bump.

  • Zango Crudmonger

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

      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

    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

    ‘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

    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

    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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