During Mark McGwire’s record setting 70 home run season of 1998, it was easy to see something was wrong. His prior season high record was 49 in his rookie year at age 23, whereafter he hit 32, 33, 39, 22, 42 (at age 28), 9, 9, 39 (at age 31), 52 (at age 32), 58 (at age 33), and 70 at age 34. He then hit 65, 35, and 32 home runs at age 35, 36, and 37 respectively. Never in the history of Baseball had players exceeded their 20’s highs by 43%. Indeed, a ball player’s peak years are ages 24-28, and thereafter decline is fairly rapid and steep. Unless they use steroids.
Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco, Jason Giambi, and many others were all named in the Mitchell Report, years later, for using steroids. But it was obvious to the casual observer, on the internet, in news groups and on the web, in the mid to late 1990’s, that a lot of players, particularly McGwire, were using steroids. Huge, watermelon heads. The “backne” or acne on the back. Sudden domestic violence arrests. Sudden transformation of physiques. Any man in his thirties or older undergoing serious weight training knows you don’t build a physique like that without chemical help. You can put in all the work in the weight room possible, but without chemical assistance you can’t transform your body to that degree.
The same is true for Obama. Sure, I’d believe a very heavy, Black/Hispanic turnout could give him a victory over Romney. But … record Romney crowds and a quarter of the people attending Obama’s rallies in the same places as four years ago? Or polls showing a slight Romney lead in both swing states and nationally, with a Democrat plus six weighting? When 2010 had basically even party turnout? Or Obama being the first President EVER re-elected with a lower turnout and percentage of the vote than his election? Or Obama being the first Democrat elected with a lower turnout (nearly 20 million fewer voters) than the prior election? Or Obama being the first President re-elected with unemployment over 7% since FDR? Or Obama winning re-election with only 38% of White voters, down from 43% in 2008, in a 75% White turn-out (remember lower turnouts are more White).
Or Obama getting 303 electoral votes … but the Republicans holding onto the house? Or Romney doing better than McCain in every demo group but Hispanics, and there doing only 2% worse, while Hispanic turnout was LOWER than in 2008?
That’s like asking me to believe that McGwire hit his record home runs clean.
So what were Obama’s steroids?
In my view, both massive ballot stuffing, and massive vote hacking of electronic machines to erase Republican votes. This is not anything you can find elsewhere, by the way. Like analysis of McGwire, Canseco, Bonds, etc. its all over the internet. Its everywhere.
Voting machines are not very secure. Most are built on Windows and are thus laden with well known bugs. They have to be connected to a local lan inside County Registrar offices, for configuration and setup before they’re shipped out to polling places. And County Registrars for the most part spend very little on security. If TJ Maxx and Marshalls can have 48 million credit cards hacked from their systems, or Office Max, Barnes and Noble, Dave and Busters, and the Sports Authority can have their credit card records hacked, it is not that hard to compromise County systems with poor security and not much revenue to protect systems.
Voting has been on the honor system. Since the move to the suburbs, most White Americans trust voting, as there has not been widespread fraud (mostly) until now. John Kerry, Michael Dukakis, Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter, and Al Gore did not engage in widespread fraud. Certainly not vote-erasing, made possible with the same people, probably, dedicated to hacking your credit or debit card data out of major corporations. [Most of which never disclose being compromised for fear of bad publicity.]
It costs, somewhere around $25 to $50 to get a “Street Voter” to vote illegally. ACORN and organizations like them no doubt were busy creating phony registrations, and in some cases not even that (provisional ballot voting in Dem-run Counties allows massive voting fraud through ballot stuffing). At any rate, spend $50 and you can certainly find a street person willing to vote illegally. Its a very low risk of prosecution, since its almost never done. And certainly never with Black or Hispanic defendants, part of America’s racial spoils justice system.
If one figures Obama needed to erase, say 3 million Romney votes from selected counties, he could have done so easily by hiring any number of Eastern European, or Russian based hackers. Cost in cash would have been likely trivial, less than one million dollars. It would not have been particularly difficult or demanding for hackers based in Ukraine, or Romania, or Russia to have done this. Already they run a thriving trade in “dumps” — credit and debit card numbers, PIN numbers, names, and so on. They don’t clone the credit cards, they sell to various syndicates who do that as an organized business. Which then use the cards to make cash withdrawals (“mules” are used for this) or purchases (again “mules.”) It has been estimated that about half or more of goods sold on Craigslist and Ebay are purchased in this manner. Amazon through its Marketplace partners is accused of facilitating this as well.
Creating the 4 million votes needed would have been more expensive, old school ways generally are. But consider that 4 million times $25 would amount to $100 million, and $50 million a vote would amount to $200 million, that’s definitely not a stretch for a campaign that raised over $1 billion. Privately. Indeed that sort of expenditure matched the weird burn rate of cash no one could figure out in the Obama campaign quarterly reports. Offices set up places like South Dakota, where Obama had no chance, and a “heavy” use of paid staff which no one could find. Very likely, the money went to something like that.
Of course, you’d need some generals for that street army of street voters. Say, one general to every 100 street voters. And lets assume each street voter only votes five times. That’s a total of 80,000 street voters, making on the high end $250 each. You’d need about 800 generals, maybe they might demand say, $20,000 for a more inherently risky position. That’s about $16 million. So on the high end, you’d pay $216 million for 4 million votes, and on the low end, about $116 million.
That’s basically how Obama won. A genuine Obama victory, would have increased turnout (for population growth) over 2008, with Romney doing worse than McCain in every demo including Whites. A genuine victory would have erased Republicans from the House and made Pelosi Speaker. Again. This is BALCO all over again. Just in the Presidential Election.
Again, this is nothing new. You can find hundreds of sites showing the same basic math. A mere $216 million or so, not counting hacking costs to erase Republican votes, can get you the election.
What is the outcome?
Well, for Baseball, a sport built on tradition and trust, it never recovered. Everyone knows its merely a matter of the most clever evasion of drug testing, see 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun.
For politics, well pretty much every ordinary Republican voter knows that this is exactly what happened. The Media will try to erase it, throw a rug over it, as they did with steroids in baseball, Lance Armstrong (if you believe the case against him), Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the pathetic response to Sandy (no water or generators pre-positioned). But just as anyone who wanted REAL Baseball news went online in the 1990s, where the analysis of who was juicing and who was not, was compelling … well the same is true now.
Obama lost. But cheated.
And the fallout is likely to be extremely damaging. Any rational Republican candidate (and voter, or interest group) must know that to win, you must “steroid better than the competition.” This means not getting caught, and knowing the media plays favorites (see Woods, Tiger). But as long as you don’t get caught, not a problem. Hire lots of street people, and pay them only HALF until your candidate wins. Hack voting machines through Russian or Eastern European hackers, for cash, and do so early and often.
Indeed, outside groups like Republican ACORNS are sure to spring up. Why not? Just as constant hacking and scams and attacks on credit cards and debit cards (suggested reading, “Dark Market” by Misha Glenny and “Kingpin” by Kevin Poulsen) are sure to eventually spawn a consumer revolt in favor of cash, so too will Obama’s Chicago model of national vote fraud, not seen since JFK, spawn copy cats. We were only spared that fate in 1964 by the intervention of Lee Harvey Oswald, and the bad campaign of Barry Goldwater. Since that time, both parties have observed (mostly) a truce on cheating. Because the consequences are so bad.
Well, two can play at that game. Conservative billionaires, foreign interest groups (why Israel did not try this I don’t know), any and all comers will flock to a game known to be easily rigged, as long as you don’t get caught. And its hard to get caught if you are careful.
I am quite sure in ten years time, someone needing money will write a book all about how he helped Obama steal the election. Obama knows this too, but doesn’t care. He figures it won’t matter anway. He’s right.
In 2014, I expect a massive campaign of mutual fraud, by Democrats on the one side, and outside groups on the other, to put their own Senatorial candidates into office. Since its merely a matter of money, well there is an unlimited amount of money seeking to influence the Senate (and thus any check on Obama) one way or another.
Essentially, America as we know it is over. Sold to the highest bidder. And like all virtue, once a whore, never a virgin.