"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Key figures in a phone-jamming scheme designed to keep New Hampshire Democrats from voting in 2002 had regular contact with the White House and Republican Party as the plan was unfolding, phone records introduced in criminal court show.
The records show that Bush campaign operative James Tobin, who recently was convicted in the case, made two dozen calls to the White House within a three-day period around Election Day 2002 -- as the phone jamming operation was finalized, carried out and then abruptly shut down.
The national Republican Party, which paid millions in legal bills to defend Tobin, says the contacts involved routine election business and that it was "preposterous" to suggest the calls involved phone jamming.
The Justice Department has secured three convictions in the case but hasn't accused any White House or national Republican officials of wrongdoing, nor made any allegations suggesting party officials outside of New Hampshire were involved. The phone records of calls to the White House were exhibits in Tobin's trial but prosecutors did not make them part of their case.
"Well," says my barber, "it's obvious what was going on there."
"Yeah," I said. "It sure is."
"It's obvious - the crooks were trying to subvert democracy by tying up the White House and making sure that the folks there couldn't uncover their scheme."
Can I get a "Heh. Indeed." for the guy with the scissors?