It is no surprise that Republicans hate ACORN. After all, ACORN is an organization of community activists, and Republicans really hate our president — the community activist in chief. Even worse, ACORN mostly helps poor people, including helping them register to vote, and most of them vote Democratic.
Initially, Republicans claimed that ACORN was guilty of voter fraud because some imaginary people were fraudulently registered to vote. ACORN was never charged with any wrongdoing — and the accusations don’t even pass the smell test. Why would ACORN benefit from registering voters with made up names? They could benefit only if those imaginary people actually managed to vote.
Even more interesting was that GOP organizations were charged of registration fraud: they switched people’s registrations to Republican so they could not vote in Democratic primaries, and switched them to absentee status to prevent them from voting when they showed up at a polling place to vote. Not only that, but ACORN critic Ann Coulter was herself guilty of actual voter fraud.
Then Republicans screamed about the census, claiming that ACORN would be “in charge of going door to door and collecting data from the American public.” This too doesn’t pass the smell test, since ACORN has never been involved in the census.
Lacking any real evidence, Republicans doubled down, even alleging that ACORN stole the election for Obama.
While Republicans have been relentless in their attacks on ACORN, the real surprise is that the Democrats piled on when videos were released that seemed to show ACORN employees advising people on how to get away with illegal acts. Why would Democrats vote to defund ACORN? To prove that they have no spine?
Now it turns out that those videos were largely faked. An independent investigation found no criminal wrongdoing, and that the “scandal” was overblown by the media.
And to make the whole thing even more ironic, a judge has ruled that the bill defunding ACORN is unconstitutional. Of course, everyone already knew that, but Congress passed it anyway. So much for honoring the constitution.