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Was Michael Connell's death in a plane crash last night too good to be true for the GOP?

Asked by Mizuki (2041points) December 20th, 2008

He was a key witness in the Ohio election fraud case, and the IT guy that helped Bush and Rove hide their emails concering Attorney-Gate. Methinks the Republicans are too lucky.

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SoapChef's avatar

Lucky? I don’t think it is much of a stretch to say these hooligans have been creating their own ‘luck’ for eight years.

Mizuki's avatar


“Given that the Bush White House used SmarTech servers to send and receive email, the use of one of those servers in tabulating Ohio’s election returns has raised eyebrows. Ohio gave Bush the decisive margin in the Electoral College to secure his reelection in 2004.

IT expert Stephen Spoonamore says the SmartTech server could have functioned as a routing point for malicious activity and remains a weakness in electronic voting tabulation.

dalepetrie's avatar

Maybe if it had happened when someone could have DONE something to remove Bush from office. I happen to think that with a Congress headed by Pelosi who before she even assumed the speakership said that impeachment was off the table, being led by a President who wants to move beyond the partisan bickering of the last 28 years, Bush will get off scot free anyway.

Now, I tended to think that there have been other “convenient” plane crashes for the GOP, but Democrats have usually been the ones to perish (see Paul Wellstone in 2002).

Trustinglife's avatar

I was just thinking about Wellstone. Very convenient indeed. How many days before the election that year was that? 6?

gooch's avatar

What is it with you guys and conspiracy? Please give it up.

dalepetrie's avatar

If I remember correctly the election was November 5, and the crash was October 25, so it was 11 days.

What turned out to be even MORE convenient was when they held a memorial service for Wellstone, and a lifelong friend spoke. And of course, the friend got emotional and started repeating how we were going to win to honor his memory, well it wasn’t just Norm “about to lose to Al Franken” Coleman who feigned outrage at this. Of course because of this the Rethuglicans were able to sell the lie that “Democrats turned the memorial of one of their own into a campaign rally.” Never mind that in 2 hours plus, it was one guy who got really out of hand (and that WAS after a his best friend), and one other guy who maybe stepped ever so slightly over the line. Never mind that none of these speeches were written, approved or even reviewed by the Democratic party or the Senate campaign before they were given, pretty much every Republican in Minnesota was persuaded by Republicans that the Dems were just opportunistic, evil people who didn’t care about their sainted Senator and just wanted to win at any cost. The irony of course was that it was indeed the Republicans who were exploiting Wellstone’s death by taking the overwrought emotional reaction of a close friend and twisting it into something seemingly more sinister.

And were it only in Minnesota, that might have been one thing, but THE NEXT DAY, right wing talk show hosts were ALL OVER AM radio talking about how god awful evil and opportunistic and heartless Democrats were. They feigned disgust for the next I believe 6 days (which is probably what you were thinking…we only had a candidate fielded for 6 days). And remember how BOTH houses of Congress fell under Republican control that year? I guarantee you that wouldn’t have happened if Wellstone hadn’t been killed.

So, even if the conspiracy theories (such as the report from the guy who claims to have seen black limousines in the area and then seeing some readings on some electronic equipment he owns consistent with the usage of devices that are capable of jamming airplane instruments) are completely false…even if it’s just a coincidence that Wellstone was SO hated by Bush himself that Bush actively recruited Coleman to run for that seat, it’s a bit MORE than a coincidence that Republicans took full advantage of this convenient opportunity. Which, if you read Al Franken’s books (I believe Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them) is one big reason he decided to take Coleman on this year.

Trustinglife's avatar

@Dale, thanks for giving your full take on the matter. I always find what you write to be interesting and informative. Hopefully we can move beyond killing the opposition, metaphorically or literally, and into a place of mutual understanding and respect.

dalepetrie's avatar

I’ll agree with that!

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