The media, desperate to promote the candidacy of Barack Obama, is spreading a bald-face lie–that Republican voters are not interested and turnout is low.
Take yesterday’s primary in Illinois. CBS Chicago was out early with this dire assessment:
Turnout for Tuesday’s Illinois primary in Chicago was a meager 24 percent, officials said. It was the lowest turnout for a presidential primary in the past 70 years. Election officials said a lack of contested races was behind the lackluster activity at the polls.
“It’s very, very disappointing,” said Langdon Neal, chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. “I think what it indicates is that a lack of a contest on the Democratic side at the top of the ticket really did cause our voters not to be engaged in this election.”
The meme continues today. The AP, using the Washington Post as a propaganda platform, doubles down:
Mitt Romney’s methodical accumulation of Republican delegates is no thing of beauty, and the public is reacting in kind. The 2012 presidential race thus far is drawing rather tepid interest despite high stakes that include pivotal decisions about the weak economy and the fate of President Barack Obama’s massive health care overhaul.
Generally speaking, voter turnout, political fundraising and public curiosity are down compared with four years ago, when John McCain pulled away from Romney and others to secure the GOP nomination.
This is criminal, dishonest journalism. Why? Because Republicans generally are turned out in larger numbers this year than they did in 2008.
Unlike the morons at CBS, I can add. Let’s start with Illinois. I just ran the numbers for 2008 and Republicans cast a total of 899,422 votes. Today (as I write 99% of the votes are in) more than 917,046 Republicans turned out to vote.
How about Michigan? In 2008 there were 869,169. In 2012? 997,172.
Ohio? There were 1,062,276 votes in 2008 compared to 1,203,403.
Surely the voters in Alabama and Mississippi were bored to tears. Right? Think again.
Mississippi turned out 143,286 in 2008 but doubled the number in 2012, with 289,935 going to the polls.
Similar phenomena in Alabama. 2008 saw 552,155 go to the polls. In 2012 the number soared to 621,742.
And finally, South Carolina. 431,196 Republicans voted in 2008 while 601,205 showed up in 2012.
What reason other than deliberate misinformation explains why the media is pushing a total lie that, “The 2012 presidential race thus far is drawing rather tepid interest?” There are lies and there are damned lies. This qualifies as the latter.
In these six contests alone almost 700,000 more voters have shown up at the polls in 2012 than they did in 2008.
That tells me there is more Republican interest today than four years ago.
Florida and Virginia appear to be the only exception to this trend. I understand why fewer voters turned out in Virginia (there were fewer candidates on the ballot). Florida had fewer candidates on the 2012 ballot than the 2008. But even with “tepid” turnout in Florida and Virginia, the broader trend is that the number of Republican voters showing up to vote in 2012 is significantly larger than in 2008.
The real story is that Democrat turnout is low; very low. They have no reason to show up at a primary. Not surprising since the contest for the Democrat nomination is not a contest. Only one candidate.
Why the deliberate disinformation? The media and the Democrats are scared to death of what is coming in November. Instead of reporting a larger turnout of Republicans the media is choosing to push the fallacious meme that turnout is low. That is total BULLSHIT! Remains to be seen whether the larger Republican turnout will continue in the fall, but I am willing to bet that the desire to get rid of Barack Obama is so strong that Republicans and Independents will be flooding the polls.
UPDATE–You don’t have to accept my word. Do the numbers yourself. For 2008 go to this link http://politics.nytimes.com/election-guide/2008/results/states/TN.html. You can choose the state using the drop-down menu in the upper right corner.
For 2012 go here http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/primaries/calendar and click on the specific state.
DOUBLE UPDATE–Want further proof that this kind of info scares the shit out of the Dems and the Obama cheerleaders? Just look at the trolls we rounded up below. That’s known in the intel world as a “warning indicator.” When you kick them in the balls they squeal like castrated pigs.
FOLLOW-UP POST: “MORE ON THE MYTH OF LOW TURNOUT REPUBLICAN VOTERS.