I would have thought it was impossible for the vote fraud fraud to get any more cynical, and yet here we have the Romney campaign asserting that the Obama administration wants to stop members of the military from voting, when in fact what they want it for early voting privileges to be extended to other voters.
Incidentally, this double standard was also central to an actual example of election theft, Florida 2000. Since it’s essentially impossible to defend Bush v. Gore on its own terms, the most common Republican defense of the Supreme Court was that they engaged in a form of rough justice designed to keep a rogue Florida court from stealing the election. The obvious problem with this argument is that the Florida Supreme Court was completely consistent about applying its “intent of the voter” standard both to counting ballots cast in Flordia and to considering whether overseas military ballots should be disqualified because they failed to meet technical standards, with the result that Bush actually prevailed in the 3 of the 5 decisions handed down. Republicans, conversely, switched from a dismissal of “legal technicalities” that might disqualify overseas military ballots to a hyperformalistic interpretation of election law in any circumstance that could possibly benefit Gore. The fact that the people running this con managed to get lawless partisanship of the United States Supreme Court justified as a necessary intervention against an allegedly partisan Florida Court that ruled against its alleged partisan interests in a majority of cases its a truly remarkable propaganda achievement.
I conclude by citing Ambrose Bierce’s prescient description of the Romney campaign:
In Dr. Johnson’s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer, I beg to submit that it is the first.