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Drudge Lies In Attempt to Make Obama Win Illegitimate

Drudge’s headlines as of about 4:20 EST tell you all you really need to know (h/t Matt Browner Hamlin):

RAW: 'BLACK PANTHERS' BLOCK ACCESS TO VOTING STATION...
POLICE CONFRONT...
VIDEO: HILLARY POLITICKING INSIDE NY POLLING AREA, 5 FEET FROM BOOTHS...
TOLEDO, OHIO POLICE ISSUED RIOT GEAR...
VA VOTERS FACE WET BALLOTS...
REPUBLICAN ELECTION BOARD WORKERS THROWN OUT IN PHILLY...
MCCAIN SUES OVER MILITARY BALLOTS...
TAMPA: HUNDREDS OF VOTER SURVEYS SCATTERED ACROSS INTERSTATE...

Republicans like Drudge have written off this election. They figure Obama is the next President, and they want to deny him a mandate by saying he won through fraud. Call it the "Clinton play". A lot of Republicans never really accepted that Clinton had the right to govern, and they spent 8 years making sure he was able to do as little as possible.

Of course, Bush actually did steal the election, and he governed as if he had a mandate. But then Democrats aren’t, as a rule, borderline psychotic crazy. They don’t call Republicans "traitors" and tolerate violent racism. There’s a hard core of Republicans, the same people who still support George Bush despite his complete incompetence and his manifest failure, who really do live in a world where "liberal" is a swearword, and Democrats are evil traitors who want to betray the US.

And Drudge caters to such people, carefully crafting a storyline which allows them to continue hating and which will allow them to try and do to Obama what they did to Clinton.

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Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh was the Managing Editor of FireDogLake and the Agonist. His work has also appeared at Huffington Post, Alternet, and Truthout, as well as the now defunct Blogging of the President (BOPNews). In Canada his work has appeared in Pogge.ca and BlogsCanada. He is also a social media strategy consultant and currently lives in Toronto.

His homeblog is at http://www.ianwelsh.net/

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