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Sunday, January 11, 2004
At last, Indians ripped for electoral shenanigans - but does the story stand up?
Robert Don't Plame Me Novak has been and gone and done it: according to the Rapid City, SD Journal (January 9), on CNN's Crossfire on Tuesday 
In 2002, [Republican candidate John] Thune would have been elected to the state's other Senate seat, but the election was stolen by stuffing ballot boxes on Indian reservations. Now, Tom Daschle may have to pay for that theft.
Now, there's what might be thought to be a smoke-screen of the expected sort of whining from the Indians and their friends, and a Nothing to do with me, guv from the Thune camp, such as to suggest that Novak might be right on the facts.
But all the piece says is that
Novak's statement alludes to the increased voter turnout on South Dakota's Indian reservations in the 2002 general election and to criminal investigations into some forged and allegedly forged voter registration applications that were detected before the election.
That's not stuffed ballot boxes.
investigations into some obviously forged voter registration cards could not be resolved.)
Now, I dare say it wouldn't be the first time that election irregularities got overlooked.
But if ballot boxes were stuffed but no allegations made at the time, that needs some explanation, if a complaint of stuffed boxes made more than a year after the event is to have any credibility.
Does the lack of follow-up elsewhere in the media (from the tone of the piece, the grievance-meisters were just getting going) indicate a gentleman's agreement for everyone to drop it?
Novak has no end of slots in the nation's media he might use to enlighten us on the situation - not to do so would count as deafening silence, surely?
The passage from the Crossfire transcript:
...CARVILLE: I think, if God has anything to say about this, he will be for the Democrats.
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