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Conservatives in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones, part 2

Wing-nut lawmaker Michele Bachmann has come out against the census, saying that she “won’t be answering any information beyond” how many people live in her home.

She claims that ACORN will be part of the Census Bureau’s efforts “They will be in charge of going door to door and collecting data from the American public. This is very concerning.”

First of all, ACORN has merely applied to help recruit workers to conduct the census. It is ridiculous to claim that they would be “in charge” of anything the census does.

Why does the right love to attack ACORN? Because ACORN has been very successful in registering low-income and minority voters. Republicans have called ACORN a “quasi-criminal group”, compared them to the KKK, and even blamed ACORN for the mortgage crisis.

Their main attack against ACORN has been allegations of voter registration fraud. We have noted that one of the loudest voices accusing ACORN of fraud, Ann Coulter, was herself guilty of actual voter fraud (and actually voting illegally is much more serious than registration fraud).

And this week, the head of a voter registration firm that was hired by the California GOP to head up their voter registration efforts in the state has pled guilty to voter registration fraud and has been sentenced to three years probation. While Bachmann continues to publicly accuse ACORN of fraud, actual fraud by GOP aligned groups goes almost entirely unreported.

Incidentally, not answering census questions is a crime. According to the Census Bureau, any adult who refuses to answer census questions can be fined up to $5,000. Bachmann is not only planning on breaking the law, she is encouraging others to do so.



  1. Donna wrote:

    I hear tell that ACORN causes cancer too.

    Friday, June 19, 2009 at 11:38 am | Permalink
  2. starluna wrote:

    I heard ACORN was also responsible for Hurricane Katrina. Or maybe it was global climate change.

    Friday, June 19, 2009 at 11:52 am | Permalink
  3. Pat Pattillo wrote:

    She’s a funie in rapture. They take a word…could be oogabooga, doesn’t matter. They infuse it with some indignant meaning and many associations. They they recite it over and over in some form of quasi-worship until it takes on a life of its own. Then it becomes an addictive drug that they consume several times a day. It unites them with others when, without regard to any facts, they look towards one another and recite the word in unison.

    Then voila they have meaning. These primitves really are a riot. I justa still can’t figure out whether Bachman is one of the primitives or just a rodeo clown who is hell-bent on manipulating them.

    …sure hope there are a few from her district living in the current century.

    Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 9:55 am | Permalink
  4. Daniel Habtemariam wrote:

    Pat Pattillo took the words right out of my mouth.

    As a former Republican, I can say from experience that this kind of thing works. And it works with respect to a specific kind of voter, the kind that’s marginally attached to public affairs and is either too busy or simply too uneducated to go fact-checking for everything they hear.


    Armed with a healthy level of mistrust at funny-sounding things (like people named Obama) and residing in insular communities where the sum total of your knowledge on public affairs comes from either your crazy right-wing family members or your traditional right-wing church, the average guys finds himself a hopeless victim of the Bachmann’s lunatic ramblings.

    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

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