imageThe McCain campaign wants to make good and damn sure that you know they won't stand for voter fraud.

On yesterday's longish post about Republicans scaling back their voter fraud efforts, Trevor Potter, McCain's lawyer, sends along a statement: "Any impression that we’re not committed to stopping voter fraud is 100 percent false. Make no mistake: both the McCain campaign and the RNC will ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to vote and that ONLY eligible voters have their vote counted in November."

I'm glad to see that John McCain fought for the fundamental rights of Americans during his time in the military only to, you know, not do that when it comes time to lead the nation.

Perhaps the worst part of the Republican voter fraud efforts is that the individual "voter fraud" that they seek to stop happens so rarely that the sheer magnitude of the efforts they propose inevitably has the effect of disenfranchising more legitimate voters than it could ever find illegitimate ones.

The arguments against voter fraud being anything but the most marginal of problems are well known: the risk vs. reward ratio is ridiculously skewed, despite years of efforts the best the GOP could do was a smattering of incidents that managed to have little, if any, discernible impact on any affected race, and the laws requiring identification, provisional balloting and the like are more likely to make legit voters nervous about voting than they are to keep potentially fraudulent voters away from the polls.

Perhaps it's the inherent gullibility that leads to Republican campaigning-by-email-forward, the cognitive dissonance that makes conservatives believe they're happier the more they're in denial, or simply the endless capacity for bullshit masquerading as public policy, but the fealty to the voter fraud myth is not something likely to go away any time soon.

What it says about a major political party that they're willing to base their attitude towards the most basic right of American citizens on a lie that serves to restrict that same right more than is possibly justified...well, honestly, do we expect any different?