Heckling voters

HECKLING VOTERS…. I’ve seen comedians get heckled at comedy clubs. I’ve seen athletes get heckled at sporting events. I’ve never even heard of voters getting heckled. And yet, McCain/Palin supporters keep finding new and creative ways to undermine democratic norms.

The Washington Times, a self-described conservative paper, reported today on a polling site in North Carolina where “a group of loud and angry protesters … shouted and mocked the voters as they walked in.” The voters were mostly black, and the “angry protesters” were “nearly all were white.”

Stop and think about that for a second. In the United States, in the 21st century, we have Republican activists protesting a presidential election. McCain/Palin supporters have taken to heckling, mocking, and shouting at people who want to participate in the democratic process. Literally.

And when they’re not trying to intimate voters at polling places, Republican activists are slashing voters’ tires, kicking journalists to the ground, attacking middle-aged women going door to door on Obama’s behalf, and vandalizing ACORN offices. And, of course, the unabashed racism is common.

The mind reels.

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