August 4, 2004
Remember dirty tricks? Those words are usually associated with the Nixon administration and what they did to democrats.
But dirty tricks are back...in Florida.
Democrats are already placing large numbers of trial lawyers on notice in Florida and in a number of other states where the vote is expected to be close in November.
The democrats have threatened to file lawsuit after lawsuit, challenging results wherever President Bush wins a narrow majority.
But it's the democrats who have a long history of vote buying.
In West Virginia, the sheriff of Logan County pleaded guilty July 19 to a federal vote-buying conspiracy in the 2000 and 2002 elections.
Sheriff John Mendez admitted he paid from $10 to $100 each for votes, spending $12,000 in those two elections.
Some democrats want ex-cons to be able to vote and they also want more paper ballots and an increase in absentee ballots.
Why? It's because voter fraud is easier with those methods.
I want every vote to count, but I want those votes to be legal from qualified voters who have not been paid.
I'm Cal Thomas.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.