“They’re going to keep him from getting the number one spot because they are concerned.”
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Republican strategist Dee Dee Benkie revealed during a radio show appearance last night that the GOP establishment has resolved to prevent Ron Paul from winning tonight’s Iowa primary by offering sweetheart deals to move large voting blocks to vote for Romney or Santorum.
The host of the show refers to state GOP insiders showing “great concern” that Ron Paul is performing well in Iowa because they fear a Paul win would undermine Iowa’s position as being the first Republican primary. He implies that influential members of the Republican establishment within the state are offering sweetheart deals to prominent voting blocks in key swing districts in order to “sway” the result and ensure Ron Paul doesn’t win.
Despite the fact that this is brazenly unethical and, if bribery was involved, without doubt illegal, the host dismisses such conduct as “just politics”.
“Is it possible that the party apparatus here could be silently asking those District Chairmen to start swaying some important caucus members over to the anti-Paul side which may end up being Santorum…do you see a scenario like that happening,” he asked Benkie.
“I’ve talked to the party officials, I know they’re concerned about it,” said Benkie, adding, “Ron Paul doesn’t do us any good in Iowa, doesn’t do the country any good, will never get there, so let’s figure out what we need to do.”
Benkie said that the GOP establishment was concerned about splitting the vote between Santorum and Romney because it could increase the chances of a Ron Paul win, remarking, “We really don’t want Ron Paul to win.”
“I kind of think they’re going to keep him from getting the number one spot because they are concerned,” said Benkie, adding that the party apparatus were “tight-knit” and “trying to figure out” how to “deal with the Paul-bots,” an arrogant characterization of Ron Paul’s supporters.
“They’re not going to want him to get number one, it’s very bad for Iowa, it’s terrible,” said Benkie, adding that she hopes for her “friends” that Paul is not victorious.
It’s necessary to emphasize the fact that Dee Dee Benkie is by no means decrying the subversion of the Iowa primary. She is openly anti-Paul and is brazenly advocating that he be prevented from winning Iowa by means of establishment insiders exerting undue influence on voters, despite the fact that only last week she was decrying the threat posed by “rampant” voter fraud.
As we have previously documented, the GOP establishment is so terrified of Ron Paul performing well in Iowa that influential Republican officials have attempted to all but sabotage the legitimacy of the Iowa primary.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad rhetorically undermined the sanctity of his own state’s poll by encouraging people, in the event of a Paul victory, to ignore the will of the voters and instead concentrate on who comes second and third.
“People are going to look at who comes in second and who comes in third,” said Branstad, adding, “If [Mitt] Romney comes in a strong second, it definitely helps him going into New Hampshire and the other states,” comments taken to mean that Republicans should “ignore” Ron Paul, according to Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.
Establishment media talking heads have also resolved to ignore the result of the primary if Ron Paul is victorious. “If Ron Paul wins Iowa, we just take it out,” Politico’s chief columnist Roger Simon told MSNBC last month.
Tonight’s Iowa Vote Count To Take Place At Secret Location
Concerns about subversion grow after Republican strategist says GOP establishment will not allow Ron Paul to win
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Tonight’s final vote tally for the Iowa caucuses will take place at a secret undisclosed location, an announcement that has stoked fears of vote fraud amongst Ron Paul supporters, concerns that were heightened following a Republican insider’s claim that the GOP establishment will not allow Paul to win.
The final Iowa vote count normally takes place at state party headquarters in Des Moines, but following dubious “security concerns” about Occupy protesters disrupting the tabulation process, the Republican Party of Iowa announced that it would be moving the final vote count to a secret undisclosed location.
The move occurred despite Occupy protest leaders confirming there were no plans to disrupt the caucuses themselves.
“Votes in each of the 1,774 precincts will still be counted on location, and observers from the campaigns will be able to watch that process. That precinct information will then be conveyed to the state party’s tabulation center,”reports CNN.
WatchtheVote2012.com warns that not only Paul, but also Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum are “in grave danger of being cheated on Iowa caucus night 2012 by the Iowa State GOP and the 5 big TV networks.”
“The Iowa STATE Republican Party has a long history of rigging both the Iowa Straw Poll and the Iowa Caucus against populist, constitutionalist candidates like Ron Paul,” states the website, which is asking for observers to visit the voting precincts to help ensure a fair tabulation process.
“The RHINO GOP establishment also hates Presidential candidates like Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, even though these two are acceptable to the RHINOS in foreign policy matters. But, since Bachmann and Santorum ACTUALLY believe in their domestic and social issue agendas for the USA, they are also in danger of being cheated out of votes received at the state level. This is not an accusation against the Gingrich or Romney or Perry campaigns — but against the Iowa STATE GOP, and whichever groups they are in alliance with to “count” the votes at the state level.”
As the Brad Blog documents, the potential for the Iowa primary result to be manipulated by using saboteurs to flood vote for one candidate is considerable.
“No Photo ID is necessary for any voter in the Republican Iowa caucuses. No Photo ID is necessary to register as a Republican at the caucus site, even if you’re not already a registered voter. You may then cast your vote at the caucus on the same day you’ve registered (without a Photo ID).”
Concerns about vote fraud, subversion and undue influence on behalf of the Republican establishment that could serve to steal the Iowa caucuses from Ron Paul have gone viral today in the aftermath of Republican strategist Dee Dee Benkie telling a radio show last night that GOP insiders have resolved to prevent Ron Paul from winning tonight’s primary.
“They’re not going to want him to get number one, it’s very bad for Iowa, it’s terrible,” said Benkie, confirming the host’s claim that Iowa District Chairmen are organizing voting blocks to sabotage Paul’s chances by offering them sweetheart deals in return for voting against Paul.
Transparent Vote: Countering the Establishment’s Monopoly on Vote Reporting
January 3, 2012
As the nation heads into its first primary in New Hampshire, Transparent Vote is calling for all presidential candidates to support its effort to bring transparency to vote reporting.
“We at Transparentvote.net would like to know if you are willing to publicly support additional vote transparency and additional transparent vote reporting that will be taking place in the upcoming GOP caucuses and primaries,” a letter to the candidates explains.
Currently, the AP and News Election Pool (NEP) have a monopoly on tabulating the vote totals and a monopoly on reporting the election results. NEP consists of a consortium of the establishment media corporations, specifically ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News and as noted above the Associated Press.
The establishment media has controlled exit polling and so-called vote “projections” for over 40 years. In 1996, Jim Condit Jr.of Citizens For a Fair Vote wrote:
“Exit polls are part of the 3-part psychological whammy used against the American people: 1) manipulated public opinion polls pushed in our face every day to prepare our minds for a pre-determined result; 2) election day “exit polls” announced right as the polls close on the east coast, which prepare our minds for: 3) the computer-generated vote counts to be announced a few hours later. All three legs of the modern day “election process” are mysterious and COMPLETELY devoid of citizen checks and balances (excepting the Iowa caucuses, and excepting 70% of New Hampshire in the primary and general elections.)”
In order to oppose the establishment’s monopoly over reporting election results, Transparent Vote is calling for volunteers to serve as independent reporters at voting places, beginning with the Iowa caucus followed by the New Hampshire primary on January 10. Transparent Vote is asking volunteers to photograph vote results and upload them to its website.
Approximately 50 percent of the vote in New Hampshire is conducted on black boxes. “That is about 140 towns and cities. Most of the larger cities like Concord, Manchester, Nashua, etc. count their votes that way. That is not good because it is not transparent, but unless they recently changed the state law, when the polls close at 7 or 8pm, The People can demand an immediate hand count of the paper ballots, right there in public view.”
The New Hampshire primary will be followed by primaries in South Carolina, Florida and Nevada and Transparent Vote is asking for volunteers there as well.