A Little Election Day Humor
It seems that some young men have gotten themselves into some hot water as a result of some misunderstood good-natured pranks played on some Republicans who have no sense of humor. The night before the election, these brassy scamps slashed a couple of tires on vehicles which the Republican Party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin had rented to transport voters to and from the polls on election day.
And by "a couple," I mean 40. In all, 25 vehicles were disabled.
Two of these jokesters have parents who are very well placed in the Wisconsin Democratic Party, and one of them is the son of (among other things) a Member of the United States House of Representatives. And now they're being prosecuted for a felony. Of course, they did manage to hit only those vehicles that would transport voters, and some cynics might argue that this was an effort to disenfranchise Republicans. But these boys were just keeping a very close state like Wisconsin competitive down to the wire. And I have no doubt that their parents disapproved of these antics both before and after it was done.
Now, if the roles were reversed and the state were Ohio, this would very clearly be a case of Republicans attempting to steal the election (the term "steal" implying that it belonged to John Kerry in the first place, of course). The Democrats would be screaming even louder (if it were possible) about election irregularities in Ohio, added to the election-invalidating abominations of long lines, less than cheery election workers, and voters who couldn't operate the voting apparatus on the first try. Oh yes, and there would be calls for the resignations (and likely the tires) of the prominent Republican parents who would certainly have ordered the tire slashings, using their children as their willing toadies.
As it is, notwithstanding the vandalism, it's just a Republican witch hunt against the children of some prominent Wisconsin Democrats in order to punish the parents for their political views. Because it's ok to adjust the definition of deviance depending upon the politics of the deviant.