The Obama campaign was able to utilize data sets to micronize the get out the vote.
The Obama campaign had a mastery of infinitesimal data voter date coupled with a great ground game to drum up support for their campaign at a local level.
These are statements (paraphrased actually) from the post election explanations of how the Obama campaign was able to get out the vote despite unemployment being up, the economy being down, well over 50% of the voting populace disliking his new health plan.
Now we are seeing that the margin of fraud was way higher than anyone could have dreamed. It is well know, if not well acknowledged, the Left cheats in elections.
The fifth rules of the ethics of means and ends is that concern with ethics increases with the number of means available and vice versa. To the man of action the first criterion in determining which means to employ is to assess what means are available. Reviewing and selecting available means is done on a straight utilitarian basis — will it work? Moral questions may enter when one chooses among equally effective alternate means.
The seventh rule of ethics and means and ends is that generally success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics. The judgment of history leans heavily on the outcome of success and failure; it spells the difference between the traitor and the patriotic hero. There can be no such thing as a successful traitor, for if one succeeds he becomes a founding father.
From this (highly cynical and self forgiving) perspective, there is no reason to even discuss moral, ethical or legal ramifications. Success (by any means) is its own justification.
Unfortunately, for those on the left (and many politicians of all stripes) there are many of us who do not ascribe to this. This is even a smaller subset of this group (like myself) who views this type of activity as illegal, immoral, unethical and most importantly traitorous / treasonous. Push that subset far enough and you will awaken the ghost of our True Founding Fathers.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
read the entire speech. It rings true to our current situation.
Which I guess puts me to the top of the watch list. To which I say, watch away. And to my fellow man, I say do not let me be a communist, a gypsie or a Jew as I will not be there when they come for you if you are not there when they come for me.