Republican Congressman McClintock chastizes radio host Ed Schultz
By Martin Hill
February 7, 2010

U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock, who was the only Republican to run against Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2003 California governors recall, has called out left-wing radio host Ed Schultz.

Schultz was condemned by McClintock last month for his on-air remarks regarding the Massachusettes Senate race. On January 15th, Shultz said  "if I lived in Massachusetts I’d try to vote ten times. I don’t know if they’d let me or not, but I’d try to". When called on his remarks, an unapologetic Schultz said “I misspoke on Friday. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I meant to say, if I could vote 20 times that’s what I’d do....Let me be very clear – I’m not advocating voter fraud, I’m just telling you what I would do..."

In direct response to Schultz remarks, McClintock gave a speech in Congress entitled 'The Legitimacy of our Government Depends on the Legitimacy of the Vote'. The freshman Congressman said, in part,
"This can only be interpreted as incitement to commit voter fraud in a pivotal election in the course of our nation. As such, it strikes at the very foundation of our democratic traditions and our constitutional institutions."

He went on to say "His statements excusing voter fraud weaken the single most important mechanism of our democracy and undermine our form of government".

McClintock then implied that action should be taken against Schultz for his comments. "His words deserve – indeed, they demand – the contempt and condemnation of every American. And they deserve immediate action by those who have accorded him his broadcast platforms and whose silence and inaction thus far can only be described as a disgrace."

McClintock didn't seem to be advocating criminal charges against Schultz, but he was suggesting some sort of action by Shultzs' employer. Is this stepping out of bounds for a purported 'limited government' advocate?

When reading about the "legitimacy of the vote", it seems one might think of, not a radio personality, but vote fraud, such as covered by the Black Box Voting website.  It's so simple that a monkey is supposedly capable of hacking a diebold machine, and there's all sorts of other monkey business such as the candidates themselves being tied to the voting machines used in their own elections. [See 'Senator Hagel Admits Owning Voting Machine Company'].

Furthermore, McClintock should realize that we are not a 'Democracy', which the founders described as the worst form of government and two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner. Some dismiss this point of 'democracy vs. republic' as minor, but a supposdly libertarian minded statesman such as McClintock shold realize that 'words matter'. covers this issue in cogent detail.

In 2008, seven days before the presidential primary, McClintock refused to endorse Ron Paul and told this writer on radio that "I'm not sure if Ron Paul is presidential Timber" .