Your Diebold check is in the mail. Hey, ever think about writing for Tech Central Station?
Carol Platt Liebau thinks Barbara Boxer is paranoid (registration name: tblogg password: noonan):
Now, a new Democratic conspiracy theory is making the rounds, raising fears that electronic voting machines may lack adequate security – or even be used as a Republican weapon to “hijack” elections.
This was pursued early on by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, the canary in the coal mine for many of the Democrats’ most cherished conspiracy theories – primarily because the president of Diebold Elections Systems (one of the biggest manufacturers of the new electronic voting machines) is a major Bush supporter.
Democrats including Dean, Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards have likewise jumped on the issue, murmuring darkly about nefarious forces at work. And theories about a sinister nexus between the manufacturers and Republican forces are thriving on left-wing Web sites.
Not surprisingly, California’s own Barbara Boxer, the Barbra Streisand of the Senate, has decided to insert herself into this increasingly contentious issue, proposing legislation which, on its face, seems innocuous enough. Boxer’s bill would provide federal (read: taxpayer) money to ensure that states’ electronic voting equipment provides receipts to voters. Although California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley has announced that such a system must be in place here by 2006, Boxer’s initiative would move the deadline forward to 2004 (incidentally, the year of her own reelection) and extend it nationwide.
The OC Register lists Liebau as a “San Marino-based commentator”. One might also call her “Carol Platt Liebau, Political Expert, One-Time Member of “Ashcroft for Senate“, ” or one could call her “… a senior member of the CaliforniaRepublic.org editorial board. She is an attorney, political analyst and commentator based in San Marino, CA, and has appeared on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, Orange County News Channel, Cox Cable and a variety of radio programs throughout the United States.”
Seems like a OC Register disclosure problem if you ask me. Or maybe I’m just being paranoid.