I will caveat this article with the admission that Newsmax can hardly be described as non-partisan. But that doesn't change the fact that what they report in this piece is fundamentally true - even if they do tend to dress it up just a bit. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/9/28/110145.shtml Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004 Florida Officials Shred Jimmy Carter's 'Shockingly Partisan' Lies Florida officials have put the worst president in modern American history in his place. Jimmy Carter's latest paranoid fantasies about the presidential vote apparently he fears that John Kerry, like Al Gore, might not be able to steal the election are as botched as his four years of White House malaise, according to officials. "This is a shockingly partisan opinion piece, and it's unfortunate that a person such as the former president is being used by the Democratic Party for low-level political rhetoric," Jacob DiPietre, press secretary for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is quoted as saying today in the Washington Times. "It's clear that [Carter] doesn't have his facts straight. The governor believes that it's ironic that someone who has spent so much time and so much energy encouraging faith in the elections of Third World countries would go to such lengthy, partisan extremes to undermine voter confidence in his own country," DiPietre said. Carter, the abettor of Marxist tyrants Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, "made no attempt to get up-to-date information before writing a critical opinion piece and never tried to contact the governor's office or that of Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood," the Times reported, quoting state officials. 'Lies' Rep. Katherine Harris, who was Florida's secretary of state during Gore's failed coup attempt of 2000, noted that Carter "appears radically misinformed" about election reforms, "or he is seeking to plant the seeds of illegitimacy for any election a Democrat does not win." She said, "Either way, Mr. Carter, who once pledged that he would never lie to us, should avoid spreading the lies of others." The Wall Street Journal in an editorial today wrote of recent attempts of the "heavy-breathing" New York Times and other Democrats to racially exploit an investigation into Democrat vote fraud in Orlando's mayoral election. The Journal recalled, "In June 2001, following a six-month investigation that included subpoenas of Florida state officials from Governor Jeb Bush on down, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued a report that found no evidence of voter intimidation, no evidence of voter harassment, and no evidence of intentional or systematic disenfranchisement of black voters." And: "Which leaves the 'stolen election' crowd with these inconvenient facts: In 24 of the 25 Florida counties with the highest ballot spoilage rate, the county supervisor was a Democrat. In the 25th county, the supervisor was an Independent. And as for the 'felon purge list,' the Miami Herald found that whites were twice as likely to be incorrectly placed on the list as blacks." The New York Post observed today in an editorial headlined "Jimmy Carter's War on Democracy": Yes, there are problems. New York elections, for example, are replete with anecdotal evidence suggesting substantial polling irregularities. What do you suppose the odds are Carter will come to town to lecture fellow Democrats on how to hold fair elections? Jimmy Carter seems to have a thing for heavy-handed rulers; before Chavez, there was his affection for North Korea's Stalinist thug, Kim Jong Il. That's between the former president and his conscience, of course. But he would do well to butt out of America's sometimes flawed, but fundamentally fair, electoral processes.