DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t listen to the Republican Party; the voter registration scandal that hit Orange County this summer was not Ã¢â‚¬Å“rareÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“accidentalÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“minorÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“unintentional.Ã¢â‚¬Â
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re unfamiliar with the story, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the background:
Orange County Republicans were bragging about their successful voter registration drive in Central Orange County. [link]
Then we find out from the Orange County Register that Republican bounty hunters Ã¢â‚¬Å“lie, cajole and commit forgeryÃ¢â‚¬Â to get residents to join the Republican Party. [link]
Once light is shed on their seedy acts, they buck pass and claim to be unaware of the immoral techniques used in the Ã¢â‚¬Å“aggressive registration driveÃ¢â‚¬Â that they were so proud of just months before.
Republicans like hiring aggressive bounty hunters to bolster their registration numbers. In the past 6 months, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve read about such things happening in the following places:
In the coming week, we are going to read about the conclusion to the Orange County voter registration fraud; there will likely be an arrest or some serious consequences for specific bounty hunters. And we will probably see a quotation in a few of the stories from prominent Republicans telling us that they are happy to see this storyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s conclusion. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are all happy to see the criminal in this case being held accountable,Ã¢â‚¬Â he will say.
But hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the question IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to see an answer for: when will we hold these Republican organizations accountable? They employ crooks, and then dodge any consequences by claiming to be unaware of their doings.