A lawsuit filed by Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party against Ohio’s Secretary of State John Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine seeks to overturn a law that allows members of the military to vote during the three days prior to the election. According to the complaint, the law is unconstitutional and arbitrary and unfair because ordinary Ohioans can’t vote along with the military during those three days.
Last week, Congressman Allen West responded to the extraordinary action by saying that ‘Barack Obama Is Undeserving of the Title Commander-in-Chief’.
“As a retired Army officer I am appalled at the Obama administration’s actions to bring a lawsuit against the State of Ohio for the early voting privileges it extends to our Men and Women serving in uniform,” West writes. “To have the Commander in Chief make our US Servicemen and Women the target of a political attack to benefit his reelection actions is reprehensible. The voting privilege extended to these Warriors who represent the best among us should not be a part of the collective vision of this inept President who is more concerned about his reelection than sequestration. As a Combat Veteran, for this President to unleash his campaign cronies against our Military is unconscionable….how dare this President compare the service, sacrifice, and commitment of those who Guard our liberties not as special and seek to compare them to everyone else. Barack Obama is undeserving of the title Commander-in-Chief.”
The Romney Campaign response via Tony Lee, Big Government:
On Sunday, Mitt Romney’s campaign called Obama campaign’s actions “despicable” and “offensive.”
“We disagree with the basic premise that it is ‘arbitrary’ and unconstitutional to give three extra days of in-person early voting to military voters and their families, and believe it is a dangerous and offensive argument for President Obama and the DNC to make,” Romney’s General Council Katie Biber said in a statement. “It is not only constitutional, but commendable that the Ohio legislature granted military voters and their families this accommodation.
Biber noted that “respected military groups intervened in the Obama campaign’s lawsuit” and argued “it is absolutely constitutional to give military voters special flexibility in voting, and that it is offensive for the Commander-in-Chief’s political campaign to argue otherwise.”
Maggie Thurber of Ohio Watchdog has a list of the 15 military groups that have filed a motion to intervene in a voting lawsuit.
In their motion to interview, the military groups state, “The Obama campaign’s and Democratic National Committee’s argument that it is arbitrary and unconstitutional to afford special consideration, flexibility, and accommodations to military voters to make it easier for them to vote in person is not only offensive, but flatly wrong as a matter of law.”
The motion asks the court to deny the request for a temporary injunction which, if granted, would prevent military voters from casting ballots during the three-day time period.
Captain Pete Hegseth of Concerned Veterans for America appeared on Fox and Friends to argue the case from the pro military standpoint.
Axelrod defended the Obama campaign’s move on Fox News Sunday, using the same tortured logic as Biden, who said in his ridiculed tweet: “Ohioans shouldn’t have to endure shameful attempts to restrict their voting rights.”
Ax had his lines well rehearsed and ready to go:
“What that lawsuit calls for is not to deprive the military of the right to vote on the final weekend of the campaign — of course they should have that right. What that suit is about is whether the rest of Ohio should have the same right.”
“And I think it’s shameful that Gov. Romney would hide behind our servicemen and women to try and win a lawsuit to try and deprive other Ohioans of their right to vote,” he added.
These people really know how to mangle the language.
It’s pretty obvious that this is just another sleazy political play by the Obama administration to shore up votes. They are leaving no rocks unturned in their desperation to stack the deck in every way possible against Romney in a country they now know is recoiling away from them. It’s “despicable and offensive”, alright – not to mention shameful.
See this Big Government’s report for the Democrats’ disgraceful history of disenfranchising military voters.