Dozens and Dozens of Black People

Charlie Webster, Chair of the Maine Republican Party:

In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day. Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in town knows anyone who’s black. How did that happen? I don’t know. We’re going to find out….

I’m not politically correct and maybe I shouldn’t have said these voters were black, but anyone who suggests I have a bias toward any race or group, frankly, that’s sleazy.

As a Democrat, let me say how much I love this version of the Republican Party. Can I suggest a prominent speaking role for Webster at the 2016 Republican National Convention?

92 comments on this post.
  1. Craigo:

    Never thought I’d have a reason to post this.

  2. Todd:

    Is this a Stephen King story? Mysterious black people from the woods terrorize a Maine town and its local Chamber of Commerce. An uneasy peace, forged in a distant past, collapsed when the woods-people decided to start exercising their franchise. Will there be enough time to drive them back into the forest before the Congressional mid-terms?

    (Tom Selleck to star in a made-for-cable mini-series)

  3. joe from Lowell:

    In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day.

    Why do I have the Thriller video flashing through my brain?

    A-somethin’ evil’s lurking in the dark!

  4. Craigo:

    He used the “I have a black friend” defense! not only that, he plays basketball with the guy! I’ve damned near got bingo already.

  5. Murc:

    This clown is a state party chair?

    The best part of his rant is how cheerfully non-specific it is. Name names, Mister Webster. “Some parts” of “rural” Maine. What counties? What precincts? There are literally dozens of reporters (not to mention folks in law enforcement) who would love a confirmed story of massive voter fraud. That would be a sexy story, you’d be in the news for weeks. It could hobble Obama permanently if his campaign were involved.

    So c’mon. Share details.

  6. tonycpsu:

    The Stephen Colbert “black friend” segment pretty much writes itself.

  7. Kyle Huckins:

    David Duke is ashamed of this party right now.

  8. ploeg:

    The urban vote apparently extends much farther than we previously thought.

  9. Julia Grey:

    but anyone who suggests I have a bias toward any race or group, frankly, that’s sleazy.

    I’m sorry, but I CANNOT stop laughing.

  10. Keaaukane:

    I have a Black girlfriend in Canada is also an acceptable defense.

  11. zombie rotten mcdonald (unashamed Knack fan):

    Well, Morgan Freeman played an evil military leader in “Dreamcatcher”. Will that do?

  12. zombie rotten mcdonald (unashamed Knack fan):

    “I’m not racist, but….”

  13. M. Bouffant:

    The only right-wing site that memeorandum shows as linking to this is Stupidest Man Jim Hoft’s, where all his commenters believe this to be true.

  14. Incontinentia Buttocks:

    According to the US census there are thousands of black people in rural Maine. [h/t University of Oklahoma's Keith Gaddie for posting this to FB]

  15. CD:


  16. Bart:

    And they’re all yelling, “Where the white women at?”

  17. zombie rotten mcdonald (unashamed Knack fan):

    ….scaring the bejabbers out of people like Charlie Webster.

  18. grouchomarxist:

    Charlie has The Shunning.

  19. Hogan:

    Binders full of women, and dozens and dozens of black people. Get me something for gays and Latinos, and I’ll write the ads myself.

  20. Hogan:

    “…I’m totally racist.”

  21. Rick Massimo:

    A single white person who went to vote and found someone had already voted using his name would be a start.


  22. Rick Massimo:

    WOW have I had it with people saying “I’m not politically correct” like they’re a) bragging or b) playing the victim.

  23. Brandon C.:


    This meme needs to spread.

  24. Bill Murray:

    you have to throw in a “you wouldn’t know her” or that you met her at summer camp

  25. joe from Lowell:

    Don’t laugh, Bill. I got to fourth base with her.


  26. Bill Murray:

    see I thought he was just restating he was a Republican

  27. Malaclypse:

    According to the US census

    Would that be the Census conducted under Obama? I heard ACORN ran the whole thing.

  28. Pestilence:

    Not to his wife it isn’t

  29. Warren Terra:

    Given that the only time state party officials make the news it’s for something humiliating (and I think it’s basically GOP state part officials, but maybe my information sources are biased), it seems to me that they’d do better to abolish the executive positions associated with the state parties.

  30. John:

    Perhaps, although it depends what you mean by “rural Maine.”

    According to the census, there are 15,707 Black people in Maine. But of those, 4,684 live in Portland and 3,174 in Lewiston, which would not qualify as “rural Maine” by any definition. So that leaves only 7,849 in the rest of the state. Another 3,208 live in other substantial towns that probably wouldn’t qualify as “rural” by Maine standards. So that leaves only 4,641 living in rural Maine. And only a certain percentage of those would be eligible to vote – so maybe 3,000? I guess that’s still “thousands,” but not very many thousands.

    Still enough for dozens of Black people to be voting in rural Maine, of course.

  31. DrDick:

    I have to say that this is an awesomely well orchestrated voter fraud operation given that they actually got dozens! of black people up to the Maine woods to vote illegally. That might almost swing a county commissioner race in rural eastern Montana.

  32. meese:

    “I’m not politically correct…”

    GAAAAAAAAA! (sticks fingers in ears) Lalalalalalalala! I can’t hear whatever you’re about to say…..

  33. Malaclypse:

    Look, you laugh, but it was not just doxens of black people. ‘Where did this Chinese man come from? We don’t have any Chinese people here. Where did they come from?’

    ChiComs. In Maine. Wake up, White Sheeple!

  34. Some Guy:

    This is the same Maine Republican Party who’s plan to win the US Senate seat was to attack their opponent for having played World of Warcraft.
    She plays an ORC ROGUE!! OOOOooooooo!!

    “Junior Varsity” might be to strong a phrase to describe their league. Is there a ‘Freshman Reserve’ league?

  35. LosGatosCA:

    But he is fucking moron, so he has that going for him.

  36. LosGatosCA:

    Last pick on the flag football intramural team at Webster Middle School.

  37. rea:

    Obama carried Maine by 107,000 votes, so there would have to be more than 107,000 of these black voters bussed in to affect the outcome. There would have been long lines of busses full of black voters backed up on the freeways at the borders.

    And just think how many black voters Obama must have bussed into California to win there!

  38. Pestilence:

    The perfect VP nominee

  39. Malaclypse:

    By 2016, “I have a black friend” will mean he can’t win the primary.

  40. DocAmazing:

    Is it too late to toss in a Maine Coon Hound joke?

  41. McAllen:

    What people think they’re saying when they say “I’m not politically correct”: “I don’t kowtow to the establishment and its rules, man!”

    What they’re actually saying: “I’m about to say something a white southern sheriff might have said 60 years ago”

  42. Linnaeus:

    Hm, I don’t see how Romney could have lost because everyone I know voted for him.

  43. Gone2Ground:

    I would love to ask this subgenius why the Obama campaign bussed dozens of black people to swing the state that is notably white. White enough, in fact, to engender some pretty high dudgeoun outta the white guys when they saw all the blahs….

    I mean, if there was deliberate action by the Dems, doesn’t it seem logical they would have bussed in, oh, I don’t know, white people?

  44. Warren Terra:

    Wasn’t that a House seat?

  45. Gone2Ground:

    I know, I’m assuming that logic is even in this guy’s neighborhood.

  46. Some Guy:

    No, but it was STATE Senate, not US. Soooo.. half credit?

  47. Sharon:

    No, it’s pretty much, “I’m proud of being rude to people!”

  48. Ken:

    Peggy? Is that you?

  49. N__B:

    “some of my closest friends are.”

  50. N__B:

    You shouldn’t use that phrase:

  51. NonyNony:

    You have to apply the “idiot-to-English” translator to his statement:

    In some parts of rural Maine,

    Translation: This one guy told me …

    there were dozens, dozens of black people

    Translation: … he saw two black people …

    who came in and voted on Election Day.

    Translation: … on Fox New on election day. I think they were Black Panthers in Philadelphia or something.

    Everybody has a right to vote,

    Translation: I don’t think everybody has a right to vote.

    but nobody in town knows anyone who’s black.

    Translation: I am a racist moron with my head stuck so far up my ass I can taste my spleen.

  52. JoyfulA:

    One of my reasons for liking political canvassing is encountering people I didn’t know were around. In the suburban-exurban areas I’ve been living in lately, I’m likely to naturally encounter only those next door and across the street, and I’m much happier knowing blacks, Hispanics, and Asians are nearby. Then again, other voters might be surprised to see a half-veiled woman next in line.

  53. NonyNony:

    “Nobody in town knows anyone who’s black logic!”

  54. NonyNony:

    I would love to ask this subgenius why the Obama campaign bussed dozens of black people to swing the state that is notably white.

    He’s an idiot and he’s projecting how he would commit voter fraud if he had a legion of devoted followers who were ensorcelled to his will via Stalinist Mind Control Techniques.

    His plan would be stupid, so the plan he projects onto Obama is also stupid.

  55. Anonymous:

    I can confirm that there were no black residents in LA county prior to November 6, 2012. Stolen!!1!

  56. NonyNony:

    I thought it was “Hey everybody! Look at me! I’m an asshole! Did you hear me? I SAID I’M A GIANT ASSHOLE!”

  57. NonyNony:

    But what if we really do want to wake the sheeple and start the sheepocalypse?

  58. Anna in PDX:

    So, logically…

  59. Nathan of Perth:

    Suddenly, black people!


  60. Substance McGravitas:

    ADVISOR: Look, we’ve got this in the bag. We know where to tip the election, we’ve got the buses, and we’ve got a bunch of nice fresh-faced college kids to tip the iffy districts.

    OBAMA: No. Scratch the kids. I want everyone to KNOW where the vote is coming from. Get me Kenya.

  61. mark f:

    Dear god it’s worse than he realized.

  62. Hogan:

    Oh my no.

  63. Visitor:

    1. Thanks for bringing the facts!

    2. Not disputing your main (oops) point, but — have you ever been to Lewiston? It’s kinda big for a rural town, so you’d have to maybe blink three times in a row to miss it… (note that there are some nice restaurants right by the river, worth a stop)

  64. Bill Murray:

    I don’t know, Ekalaka has over 300 people

  65. Bill Murray:

    His plan would be stupid, so the plan he projects onto Obama is also stupid.

    That is the curse of projection

  66. N__B:

    Then, per W. Allen, you should stock up on Woolite.

  67. Pestilence:


  68. Pestilence:

    no it’s Medoc

  69. mch:

    Same here for canvassing. You learn so much about your own (or nearby) neighborhoods and communities. Even when nobody seems to be home! The houses, yards, a thousand details add up to insights. Someone should collect canvassers’ stories! (No, I take that back, let’s not reify and novelize it all.)

    Like the way a few black people may be living in a struggling, working class, very white neighborhood. Or, to leave aside canvassing…. In the church I attended for many years here in rural New England I met all kinds of people I never would have known otherwise, including black folks (several of whom could trace their ancestors to the earliest days of this town, btw) whom I have NEVER seen (in my town of 6,000) outside of church. Including at the voting place (we have just one). So, as a middle class white person in this small NE town, I (and my children, born here) could have gone all my life unaware of their existence, much less their deep roots in this town (greatly deeper than my own), but for going to this particular church. Depends on the chances of your life whether you’d recognize all sorts of people at the polls, even in a small NE town.

    An interesting thing about small v. big town. Brooklyn may still be the biggest little town in America. Truly little towns can be surprisingly big, if big means variety and lots of unknown.

  70. John:

    Oh, no question. The lack of any details to the story, and the fact that it makes no sense on its face – if Democrats were trying to steal elections, why would they send Black people to rural Maine – indicate that this guy is a moron.

    But it really is true that there are very, very few Black people in rural Maine.

  71. IM:

    Did she win?

  72. JoyfulA:


  73. JoyfulA:

    I do have to admit I’m not a very efficient canvasser. If people are inclined to chat, I sit with them on the front step and talk. The world is interesting.

  74. Walt:

    This isn’t fair. His black Canadian girlfriend was there, and would totally back him up, but she’s back home in Saskatchewan, where they don’t have phones.

  75. ajay:

    I mean, if there was deliberate action by the Dems, doesn’t it seem logical they would have bussed in, oh, I don’t know, white people?

    But there aren’t any white people who vote Democrat. Except maybe a few college professors, a couple of hippies, Alec Baldwin and Teh Gays.

  76. olexicon:

    Hey I’m from Saskatchewan and we do have phones

  77. Uncle Kvetch:

    “Hey everybody! Look at me! I’m an asshole! Did you hear me? I SAID I’M A GIANT ASSHOLE!”

    Thank you, Ms. Coulter, you’ve made your point. Now please sit down.

  78. DrDick:

    Yeah, but the county only has a bout 900 voting age people, so 3-4 dozen people might be enough to swing a close race. Again, I did say “might almost

  79. Halloween Jack:

    Even King (who has hardly ever met an Magical Negro that he didn’t like) has had African-Americans of the non-magical variety in his books set in Maine–Mike Hanlon in IT, for example.

  80. Halloween Jack:

    I’m wondering why he didn’t just ask his “friend” about this.

  81. Lee Rudolph:

    In some places in rural Maine, there are dozens, dozens of syllogisms.

    But not in his neighborhood.

  82. kg:

    Why that’s 8,917 dozen! Plausible!

  83. Gone2Ground:

    Are those anything like the Agenda 21 Mind Control Techniques? ‘Cause I want to know before I go to my next City Council meeting if they’re gonna try to mind control me. I heard on Glenn Beck that that’s Obama’s new secret plan.

  84. S_noe:

    we’ve got a bunch of nice fresh-faced college kids to tip the iffy districts.

    “Slutty coeds” is funnier.

  85. RedSquareBear:

    With the centralization of the parties (and the state party’s lack of any sort of identity as things-in-themselves) it surprises me too.

    But there would be a huge first mover penalty, “Robble robble robble, taking their marching orders from Worshington Dee Cee, robble robble robble!”.

    (And, for once, I will actually say that both sides would be equally guilty of that.)

  86. RedSquareBear:

    Curses! Another victory for the Horde!

  87. RedSquareBear:

    So, logically…

    You can’t get there from here.

  88. STH:

    But what about the slut vote, bought with free contraceptives?


  89. STH:

    My favorite part of it is the “investigation” he’s going to conduct with his own money into this obvious voter fraud.

    Wasn’t O.J. Simpson going to “investigate” who killed his wife?

  90. anonymous:

    “I even let him use my bathroom!”

  91. mch:

    Yes. And the dogs. I’ve wondered how many votes (people who actually got out to vote) I may have won for Elizabeth Warren because I’m not afraid of dogs, respect and/but want to love all dogs, even pit bulls.

  92. Cody:

    I just assumed “Charlie Webster” was Stephen Colbert’s new stage name.

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