Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 09:26AM
You just can't make this stuff up, and you would think that someone who was engaged in stealing elections would actually remain quiet about it rather than brag about his cheating prowess.
That wasn't the case last night.
On the Hannity show on Fox News Channel, Fox paid spokesman and long-time Democrat operative (remember how he helped Walter Mondale to victory in one of 50 states in 1984) Bob Beckel actually boasted about how in the past he used to rig elections.
Perhaps he was joking, but there was no indication to that effect as Beckel responded to how Democrats could have assured they obtained their necessary two-thirds to suspend the rules regarding God and Jerusalem at last week's convention in Charlotte.
Beckel boasted that the way it was done when he was involved in the past was for the mikes to be turned down when the nos were called and for the mikes to be turned up when you the yeses were called.
At last, we learn how Bob Beckel has been operating all these years, cheating pure and simple.
Inquiring minds want to know how many votes Beckel actually stole by this tactic.
Inquiring minds want to know if in fact this is how Mondale won the nomination.
This confession (or boast) by Beckel is the best evidence yet for those who ask that roll call votes be taken.
When you can't trust the call of the chair on an important voice vote, our democracy means nothing. When certain operatives are actually going out of their way to cheat with amplification techniques, our democracy is hopeless, at least when Bob Beckel is in the wings.
If what Beckel says is true, he should be fired by Fox News. In fact, he should be investigated for criminal charges.
No wonder people have so little faith in our democracy with hacks like Beckel still on the scene.
By the way, the Democratic convention apparently required a photo ID for delegates to get in. Polls show at least three out of four Americans favor some type of ID for voting--I showed mine when I voted at Ward 8 in Manchester earlier this morning. However, Democrats continue to fight against this popular initiative at the same time they require ID from their own delegates. Apparently getting into a convention where Beckel says more cheating should be involved is more important than casting an honest ballot.
You just can't make this stuff up.
Memo to Rupert Murdock--if your News Channel is to retain any credibility, it's time to fire Beckel, the master of Minnesota!
At the very least, Beckel's four colleagues on Five should ask him how often he cheated when he was given the opportunity.
As I wrote yesterday, when New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O'Brien fudged a voice vote and wouldn't allow a roll call, I called him out. Democrats need to be called out as well when they cheat, especially when they admit to cheating.