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An 'Election' Day Scenario

This is Wayne Madsen's take on what will occur on "election" day:

The right wing had a different take on the possibility of an election postponement. Neo-fascist babble mongers like Rush Limbaugh said, “No!” to a postponement of the election. They argued that if a terrorist alert or attack were to occur, the election should go on and only those votes cast should be counted. Bingo! The plan for a second Bush administration became clear as day. And that plan's target is California, with its whopping 54 electoral votes, and possibly Washington State’s 11 electoral votes, at stake.
Here’s the scenario we must be all be prepared for:

If the pre-election internal tracking polls and public opinion polls show the Kerry-Edwards ticket leading in key battleground states, the Bush team will begin to implement their plan to announce an imminent terrorist alert for the West Coast for November 2 sometime during the mid afternoon Pacific Standard Time. At 2:00 PST, the polls in Kentucky and Indiana will be one hour from closing (5:00 PM EST – the polls close in Indiana and Kentucky at 6:00 PM EST). Exit polls in both states will be known to the Bush people by that time and if Kentucky (not likely Indiana) looks too close to call or leaning to Kerry-Edwards, the California plan will be implemented. A Bush problem in Kentucky at 6:00 PM EST would mean that problems could be expected in neighboring states and that plans to declare a state of emergency in California would begin in earnest at 3:00 PM PST.

The U.S. Northern Command, which has military jurisdiction over the United States, will, along with the Department of Homeland Security and Schwarzenegger’s police and homeland security officials in Sacramento, declare an “imminent” terrorist threat – a RED ALERT -- affecting California’s major urban areas.
With an hour to go before polls close on the West Coast and the region enmeshed in a major terrorist alert with cops and National Guardsmen now adding to the mix and possibly closing roads and delaying traffic to the polling places, Bush’s team in Washington and Sacramento would be poised to deliver the death blow to Kerry-Edwards.
That is what all this talk about a terrorist attack on Election Day is about. It is to prime the population and allow Bush surrogates at Fox News, CNN, and MS-NBC to begin their perception management campaign that an attack will occur around the election. But there will be no postponement of the election or cancellation – this is simply another plan to manipulate the public through the use of phony threats and fear tactics. The problem is that it just might work for Bush and his cabal of “the ends justify the means” manipulators.

I do not think this is what will happen — for one thing, I think it's too risky and subtle for BushCo. This plan relies on finesse, fine-planning, and good timing — none of which BushCo is good at. BushCo cottons to the "Big Lie" scenarios, because they make up in blatant in-your-face chutzpah what they lack in imagination. Plus they prefer a rigged game in which the outcome cannot be left to chance. There's too much wiggle room in Madsen's California plan, too many things that can go wrong in this scenario.

I think there will either be a red-level alert shortly before (or even on) "election" day, based upon the latest "credible intelligence", that will serve as the excuse for postponement; or, worst case, there will be an actual event, whether engineered by BushCo or not, that will trigger either a postponement, or which can be exploited to serve as an effective campaign strategy (should they permit an election to continue).

Nonetheless I just wanted to share the thoughts of one pundit whom I respect. The meme about the next election's proleptic invalidity is definitely spreading.

[Thanks to an email from mrk for alerting me to this article.]

[And no, I have not returned from hiatus yet. I just wanted to share this.]