You know Daschle is desperate and gasping at straws to pull this stunt
Originally posted by Carson Walker/APDemocratic Sen. Tom Daschle took his Republican opponent, the South Dakota Republican Party and GOP election observers to court late Monday, alleging intimidation of American Indian voters.
Daschle asked a judge for a temporary restraining order to prevent Republicans from doing anything that would "harass, intimidate or discourage voters." The hearing continued late Monday.
Daschle, who is seeking his fourth term, and John Thune, a former member of the U.S. House who unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Tim Johnson in 2002, are locked in a close race.
David Jordan, a volunteer Daschle poll watcher, testified at the hearing that he spent Monday at Lake Andes, a town heavily populated by Yankton Sioux, and saw GOP observers follow early Indian voters out of the polls and write down their license plate numbers.
"They did it pretty much every time" an Indian voted, Jordan said.
On cross-examination, Jordan said none of the observers kept anyone from voting, spoke to any voters or wore clothing with the name of Daschle's opponent, John Thune, on it.
Joel C. Mandelman, a lawyer from Arlington, Va., testified that he was hired by the Republican National Senatorial Committee to monitor the voting because of worries about fraud.
He said he believes 150 attorneys or observers are working for Republicans in eastern South Dakota and a greater number in the western part of the state on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations.
Mandelman testified he wrote down the license plate numbers of six or seven vehicles used to take Indians to the Charles Mix County courthouse to vote early.
Daschle v Thune live-blogged the 8PM court hearing last night, which was very a interesting read.
So, the Indians are voting. The Republicans are following them and taking their license plates. At the same time, Daschle's crew is following the Republicans who are following the Indians. Here's a simple solution: Keep both sides away. And yes, Daschle is going down in a battle that will be contested until at least December.
Even better was the fact that the judge that said the Republicans couldn't take the plates, but didn't give Daschle what he wanted, was Dashle's attorney ina a 1978 recount case that put Daschle in Congress...
I'll go out on a limb that this one will be before the Supreme Court next session. Bad precedent. Very bad precedent. Louisiana law enforcement will use it judiciously? When, during the next political campaign?