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How low can they go? HAROLD MEYERSON looks at the last-minute tactics of a party facing electoral disaster. “Stay the course,” he says, has been replaced by “anything goes” — “so long as it helps the Republicans cling to power. Harold is executive editor of The American Prospect and op-ed page columnist for the Washington Post–READ his column today, “How the Republicans Lost the North.”
Also: Vote fraud on election day? Can hackers get into the new electronic voting machines? How successful will Republican voter suppression efforts be? Without a paper trail, how can we verify that election returns are accurate? ANDREW GUMBEL will report: hes the author of Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America (Nation Books) and a US correspondent for The Independent of London. READ Andrew Gumbel’s “Guardian of the Ballot Box” in The Nation.
PLUS: Is Arnolds star power irresistible? Well have SHEILA KUEHLs analysis of California state races and ballots including what may be the most important statewide campaign: Debra Bowen for Secretary of State she has cricitized her oppenents certifying the Diebold voting machines, and is running an ad on Diebold After Dark. Sheila Kuehl is state senator from Santa Monica, and a Democrat.
WEB EXTRA: “New Voter ID requirement: Platinum AmEx Card” – my piece at TheNation.com.
MORE STUFF TO READ: My new piece at the L.A. Times Book Review: “Following the Leaders: Hitler & FDR.”
LIVE THURS NITE: I will be in conversation with David Nasaw talking about his new book Andrew Carnegie, featured on this show last week. Well be at the downtown LA Public Library, 5th and Flower streets, 7pm reserve tickets online.