Six days ago, I wrote about how a solid contact inside the McCain campaign explained to me what’s left for McCain in the remaining days of the election battle after his terrible performance in the third debate.
“Voter suppression and wonky Dieboldt machines,” my contact said then, adding “It’s our last hope.” He stuns me into a long silence. Breaking the awkward pause, he quickly added, “I’m just kidding.”
It turns out that, even though he did not know it at the time, my source was serious.
“There have been meetings and conference calls between people here at McCain’s campaign headquarters, people at the RNC and groups out in Ohio, Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, and maybe a few other states creating a strategy to harass voters and challenge ballots,” he tells me this morning in a call he makes to me on his cell phone from the safety of his car.”
“This isn’t what I signed up for and I don’t want to be a part of it. I may resign in the next day or two because I want McCain to win but I don’t want to go to jail for helping.”
I sit in my office, dumbfounded. Here is a relatively important person inside a presidential campaign acknowledging that McCain and the Republican National Committee are conspiring secretly with outside groups to sabotage the presidential election.
Why, I ask, are they doing this?
“I think it’s because they know the election is lost in a fair fight so they want to cast doubts on the legitimacy of Obama’s victory,” he says. “Hell, we’re losing it in an unfair fight in spite of the bullshit about Ayers.”
by Charley James at LA Progressive: McCain Aide Acknowledges Voter Suppression Strategy