Boo-hoo! I made Tim Griffin cry.
He cried. Then he lied.
You remember Tim. Karl Rove’s right hand (right claw?) man. The GOP’s ragin’ cagin’ man.
Caging lists, BBC discovered, were used secretly as a basis to challenge the right to vote of thousands of citizens – including the homeless, students and soldiers sent overseas. The day after BBC broadcast that the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, sought our evidence on
Last week, our cameras captured
True. In the old Jim Crow days in
By resigning, Tim may not avoid the hard questions about caging – or the hard time that might result. When I passed the first set of documents to Conyers (a real film noir moment, in a
Tears Not Truth
“I didn’t cage votes. I didn’t cage mail,”
At the risk of making you cry again, Tim, may I point you to an email dated August 26, 2004. It says, “Subject: Re: Caging.” And it says, “From: Tim Griffin – Research/Communications” with the email [email protected] RNCHQ is the Republican National Committee Headquarters, is it not, Mr. Griffin? Now do you remember caging mail?
If that doesn’t ring a bell, please note that at the bottom is this: “ATTACHMENT: Caging-1.xls”. And that attachment was a list of voters.
In last week’s pathetic farewell, Mr. Griffin averred that the accusation he was involved in caging voters, “Goes back to one guy – whose name I won’t mention.” (FYI, Mr. Griffin: My mother calls me, “Gregory.”)
Yes, I first reported the story for BBC London – back in 2004 which, as
You say, Mr. Griffin, that the unmentionable reporter, “Made [it] up out of whole cloth.” You flatter me, Mr. Griffin. We could not possibly be so creative at The Beeb as to construct the thousands of names of voters on your caging lists.
And by the way, we don’t have just one of your “caging” emails, but scores of them.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for sending them to us – even if that was not your intent. You copied your caging missives to ‘[email protected]’ Mr. Doster was Chairman of the Florida Bush campaign – but that address was not his but John Wooden’s pretending to be the Bush campaigners. Wooden then sent your notes to me.
Rove in Range
By the way, Mr. Griffin, if you want an explanation of ‘caging voters,’ just read an email dated February 5, 2007 by…Tim Griffin.
In that email,
During the appearance he made in
I don’t doubt
So where did Tim get this direct mail term he used in his emails? Well, before Karl Rove signed on with George W. Bush, he owned Karl Rove & Co ….a direct mail firm. Rove made millions making up lists of voters, doing more ‘caging’ than a zoo-keeper.
Am I saying caging-expert Rove had something to do with the allegedly illegal caging games of his boy
Mr. Griffin wouldn’t answer BBC’s requests for comment. So I suggested to an
Maybe a subpoena would encourage a
Will he? It’s not Conyers’ style to hunt down Rove. The congressman is not, despite what Republicans say, a partisan hit man. He is, however, one tenacious legislator who told me he would like his committee, “to follow where the evidence leads.”
But that’s not necessarily going to happen. Conyers told me he sees the evidence in the prosecutor firing investigation leading to the much bigger, nastier issue of voter suppression – in simpler terms, fixing elections.
Unfortunately, many on his committee from both parties see the hearings as limited to the single issue of the firing of prosecutors. They want to scrutinize the elephant’s trunk but refuse to acknowledge it’s attached to an elephant: election rigging. Racially poisoned, direct-mail driven, computer implemented election rigging.
But Conyers may get there yet, to the issue of elections manipulation. I didn’t get that from the Chairman (too circumspect to let his future intensions slip out). I got it from the Big Bubba. When I ran into Ol’ Silver Eyes himself at an Air America soiree, Bill Clinton (man, he’s gotten thin!) told me, “When we really get going on these prosecutor hearings, when we really dig deep, we’re going to get right to the issue of voter suppression.”
But what do you mean “we,” Bill? Conyers is dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, which has an abiding concern and painful experience with illegal vote suppression of all types: caging, purging, challenging, lynching. But whether Conyers can convince his committee, mostly members of the Congressional White Caucus, to “dig deep” on vote suppression, is an open question.
In the meantime, Conyers has convinced his committee to drop subpoenas on Harriett Miers (the lady tight with
So here’s a hanky, Mr. Griffin. This unnamable reporter would rather you save your tears for Randall Prausa. The African-American soldier was on active military duty when he ended up on one of your caging lists, what you term a suspected ‘fraudulent’ voter subject to GOP challenge because he was not home to get his fraudulent, ‘Welcome, voter,’ letter from the GOP.
Can you guess, Mr. Griffin, why Prausa wasn’t at home? Well, unlike Messrs. Rove and Bush, Prausa was serving his country overseas.
And that’s what caging is all about. If you’re Black, you get shipped to