Right now, Democrat-run election boards in the Florida counties of Palm Beach and Broward Counties are in the process of literally stealing the races for senator and governor. Literally. And without even an attempt at artifice and concealment. They are stealing the election and they are rubbing our collective noses in it. While the elections officials in those counties are directly to blame, it is clear a culture of lawlessness runs deep in those counties.

In Florida’s 18th district, a so-called battleground district where Republican Brian Mast is holding a seat previously held by Democrat Patrick Murphy, Mast has a 9-point lead–some 30,000 votes–over challenger Lauren Baer. That should be it, one would think. But you’d think wrong.

Yesterday, Baer’s primary opponent, perennial candidate Pam Keith sent out this passionate, and since deleted, tweet:

The reason why she deleted brings to mind an epic scene from the television series The Wire where drug lord Stringer Bell has tried to teach Robert’s Rules of Order to his underlings:

The fact that someone with a law degree would put that message out on Twitter shows the extent to which that corruption has become endemic in South Florida elections. Ironically, Rick Scott had the ability to clean some of this crap up when he was governor and he elected to not do so. What seems to me to be needed is a massive intervention by the US Department of Justice on the same level as it employed to stamp out voter suppression in the Civil Rights era. Nothing less than a federal takeover of Broward and Palm Beach County voting operations and the firing of most, if not all, of the permanent staff there will be able to restore democracy.

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