Op Ed: If you watched cable TV news, even Rachael Maddow, a progressive who is one of the best, you were misled on the Arizona primary.
We were told there were long lines going around the blocks past midnight because the government had not set up enough polling stations. The idea was they wanted to keep minorities from voting, taking advantage of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
We may never know the details of what really happened. We do know it was odd there were so many voters because 50 percent, higher in some counties, had voted early.
Arizona’s state law, unlike some states, does not let voters cross over and vote for a party they are not registered in.
Democrats can’t vote for Republicans. Republicans can’t vote for Democrats. Independents/unaffiliated can’t vote for other.
In fact, independents slightly outnumber Republicans. And Democrats are third.
Independentr/unaffiliated: 1,201, 397
This is not a new law, and has been observed in previous primaries.
CNN criticized Arizona on election night for not changing the law to allow the thousands of independents who were clamoring to vote to be allowed to cast ballots.
It is hard to say who was behind this false flag operation: Perhaps Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. Clinton smashed Bernie Sanders. There was no obvious reason for her to get involved in this illegal action.
This would be mainly an Arizona story except that some Republican leaders are saying they will not accept delegates from primaries that let voters crossover.
Some leading reporters are saying they will reject delegates elected in primaries that allow independents and Democrats to vote.
Bernie Sanders: Website says, “Closed primary elections and caucuses exist as a defense mechanism against political sabotage. Some states’ political parties are concerned that voters, instead of using their vote to support the candidate with whom they agree the most, will vote for a weak candidate in the opposing political party. That is to say, these individuals may subvert the opposing political party’s power as a way to advance the potential of their own political party.”
In 1976, the GOP changed its rules so that Gerald Ford would get the nomination from Ronald Reagan.
Ford lost to a peanut farmer from Georgia, Jimmy Carter.
Some fear if the rules are changed this time it will elect Hillary Clinton or Sanders.
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Worked in journalism, including on the Internet, for more than 40 years. Started as a news editor at the Colorado Daily at the University of Colorado, joined a small Montana newspaper, the Helena Independent-Record, and then United Press International.