This segment was from The Rachel Maddow Show last evening (Monday).
One of Barack Obama’s biggest strengths this campaign season has been his ability to compete in states that are not traditionally home to close presidential elections. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow wonders if this could also be a “weak link” in the Democratic candidate’s vaunted operation.
“If you’re counting on winning states that aren’t usually in play come Election Day, then you’re counting on systems that are relatively untested under the weight of unprecedented voter turnout,” Maddow warned Monday night, noting predictions that turnout could rise as much as 15 percent compared to four years ago. “You’re counting on states that aren’t used to the pressure of close presidential elections,” she continued. “That’s like finding out that you’re going to be your doctor’s first open heart surgery patient.”
“Breakdowns and chaos on Election Day are not really bipartisan, they favor the side that benefits from lower turnout — the side that wants the least number of votes cast and counted, as possible,” Maddow says. “And frankly, in all candor, that is the Republican side, as they and conservative activists have self-defined for more than a generation.”
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I will continue to post updates throughout the day of voting problems throughout the country, so check back. I don’t expect the corporate media to do much reporting on actual problems with voting machines..
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