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Over in  TPM Cafe land Todd Gitlin (whose biographical blurb states he "professes at" Columbia University) notes in

N. H. Continued, Continued: Leads! Angles!

Maine's Bangor Daily News
http://www.bangornews.com/...
offers reporters an angle to pursue if anyone's interested in pursuing the much undercovered story of Republican phone-jamming in New Hampshire. Turns out that small fish Republican consultant Allan Raymond, a cooperative conspirator in the scheme to tie up Democratic and union phone lines during the 2002 senatorial race, gets out of Federal prison in Pennsylvania next week after serving three months (his sentence reduced from five months after bigger fish Tobin was convicted). Recall that Raymond's telemarketing firm was co-founded by Haley Barbour.

Jump here.

(continued) Meanwhile, last week, the Manchester Union Leader reported contradictions in former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie's accounts of just when he informed the White House of Tobin's brilliant scheme to rig the NH election with the help of tribal money.

Lots of questions to be asked. Anyone interested in hot pursuit?

(I've quoted it all because it is only three paragraphs and it is more of an exhortation than set piece.)

Let me note I am always amazed at what DailyKos researchers can come up with when they go nosing around the public domain.  I really don't know how you do it--really--or I'd do it myself on what has to be the most crucial issue of our political times.  And here we have a trailing thread on what I suspect is a whole cloth suit of conspiracy

Parenthetically, for reasons that are not clear to me, I don't think that people who participate in election fraud consider it a crime.  Or it's a different breed of criminal that partakes of it as a crime.  From the Daily News piece:

Tobin's friends, family and supporters shook their heads in disbelief when the man they know as a devoted husband and father, faithful churchgoer and Sunday school teacher, and eager and selfless volunteer was ordered last week to report to federal prison on June 23.

Selfless volunteer that he was Tobin still did not take the stand in his own defense, something even Kenneth Lay was willling to risk.

Tugging at little strings does take us in unusual directions.  Mohammad Atta's background leads to interesting and unexpected associates, newsy notes from Iran turn out to have Neocon parturients.  Is there anyway we can walk this cat back?

Originally posted to Last Lemming on Wed May 24, 2006 at 10:55 AM PDT.

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