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Sure, this happens here

Progressive organizer Annabel Park told the story that made me start to wonder. “I can’t stop thinking about this woman I met while doorknocking for Beto in Dallas,” Annabel wrote on social media a few days before the midterm elections.

“She lived in a sprawling low-income apartment complex. After I knocked a couple of times, she answered the door with her husband just behind her. She looked petrified and her husband looked menacing behind her. When I made my pitch about Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, her husband yelled, ‘We’re not interested.’ She looked at me and silently mouthed, ‘I support Beto.’ Before I could respond, she quickly closed the door.”

Annabel told me afterwards, “It’s been on my mind. Did she get beaten? That was my fear.”

There’s a form of voter intimidation that widespread and unacknowledged. It’s the husbands who bully and silence and control their wives, as witnessed by dozens of door-to-door canvassers across the country I heard from.

Rather for the other side though.

34 thoughts on “Sure, this happens here”

  1. Glad to see that doesn’t happen in our enriched areas…

    Isn’t this the point of voter booths and secret ballots, or don’t they have them in the US of A?

  2. I remember being in the pub once when a mate of mine got a “stern look” from his missus.

    I always wondered if she stabbed him to death when they got home.

    This proves all women are evil power crazy bitches and all men are downtrodden victims.

  3. Yes there will be people told by other people who to vote for.

    Is the menacing husband standing behind the woman any different than a columnist writing in a newspaper telling people who to vote for? Or any different than a union leader telling his staff who to vote for?

    Hopefully in this day and age and with sufficient protection of actual choices such as secret ballot etc then people will vote for who they think should get their vote. Rather than who they are intimidated into voting.

  4. I’ll put this in my ‘Things That Didn’t Happen’ file.

    Meanwhile, Democrats whine about Republican ‘gerrymandering’, while at the same time importing millions of foreigners to vote for them.

  5. “she looked terrified” before knowing what the knock on the door was about. Perhaps they were expecting bailiffs.
    She doesn’t mention the race of the couple, so one is left to wonder if it’s a Hispanic racist woman refusing to vote for the Hispanic candidate, a racist Hispanic man insisting on the Hispanic candidate or maybe both.
    Personally I’d bet on an ornery guy who won’t discuss such things with strangers, unless it’s like the serial gang rapes that Mr. Avenatti reported .

  6. EVERYTHING is political for the Left.

    The husband was furious because wifey OPENED THE DOOR. The best way to deal with solicitors is to just never open the door.

    But to Lefty dingbat Park, it’s ‘voter* intimidation.’

    And, yes, Texas has secret balloting. So Park is two times an idiot. Which goes unnoticed by the Guardian’s editors.

    *Lefty voter intimidation. Lefties don’t care if Republicans are intimidated. They pretty much don’t care about anything they act like they care about. Everything is evaluated as to how it can be exploited. Even mass murders.

  7. “she looked terrified” before knowing what the knock on the door was about.

    I always have a look on my face that makes them say “It’s ok, it’s nothing serious.” This allows me to close the door in their face, because why would I answer my door for something trivial?

  8. That’s a hell of an conclusion to come to from a fact-free second hand anecdote. But it isn’t surprising.

    This is what is known as the Amanda Marcotte Zone; a world of fantasy/pornography in which all male lumpen proles are violent enforcers of the all encompassing patriarchy. Those dispensing this sort of fantasy/pornography are invariably female, college educated in the humanities, and working in journalism or the arts. They prefer their men (if at all) to be college educated in the humanities, working in journalism or the arts, and very, very beta (think Jessica Valenti). Despite being all for equality, for this sort of woman all male proles of any sort are viewed with suspicion, distrust and fear.

  9. starfish. There are voting booths and secret ballots, but mail in voting has become very common. I haven’t been to a voting booth in over a decade as I mail my ballot in.

  10. tommydog/starfish

    In parts of the UK there are people who it is rumoured control 1,000 or more votes through postal voting. They have increased the Labour vote in every General election in the UK this century.

  11. The other aspect of this story is the breakdown of the feminist narrative about women voting gender first and everything else second. According to feminist theory, white women should be voting Democrat by an overwhelming majority. This has not happened, so rather than re-examine the validity of feminist theory, they look for ways to explain away white women voting “against their (class/identity) interests”.

    Next up? Why all white women are racists…

  12. @tommydog – they fill them in themselves. Do you really believe that the signatures are checked against a sample signature ?

  13. You may find that a number of your friendly local places of peaceful and vibrant worship are happy to provide their adherents with the service, to selflessly save them the tiresome effort of voting, and, simultaneously, from the eternal consequences of voting in error.


  14. Can you imagine the phone conversation between Annabel and the cops? Had she called the Cops, that is…

    Annabel: I want to report a possible case of domestic violence.

    Cops: What did you see?

    Annabel: Well, I knocked on the door of an apartment and when it was opened there was a woman and a man inside. She looked terrified and he looked menacing.

    Cops: Did you see him strike her?

    Annabel: No.

    Cops: Did he threaten her?

    Annabel: No.

    Cops: What makes you think she was the victim of domestic violence? Was she bleeding? Did she appear to have been assaulted?

    Annabel: No. *pause* He looked menacing.

    Cops: Menacing?

    Annabel: Yes. He looked menacing.

    Cops: *click*

  15. Next up? Why all white women are racists…

    The psephologists at Vogue are way ahead of you:

    A nutty professor explains that those pale bitches are Figuratively Hitler:

    “Our perception that white women are going to vote the way ‘we’ think they should has been proven false over and over again,” Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, historian and author of Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy, tells Vogue. She points to white women’s historic role in upholding racial segregation, from campaigning against the United Nations (on the grounds that it would upend the racial divide) to rallying against school integration after Brown v. Board of Education

    We learn what “society at large” thinks of those poor, subjugated, but tragically racist white wimmins:

    And yet society at large tends to make an assumption about white women voters—that because they are oppressed by white men and the patriarchy they will stand with progressive social movements

    But help is at hand, from professional infanticide enthusiasts:

    Over the last year, in an effort to reach white women voters and “get them to see that our fates are linked,” Payne, an advocate who has worked at the National Organization for Women (NOW) Legal Defense and Education Fund and Planned Parenthood Federation of America

    “It’s in your interests to have your children shish-kebabbed and then hoovered out of your vaginas”, she explained.

    Kunstler recently excoriated the “niggerization” of white men. This is the kind of thing he’s taking about:

    while some see white women’s overwhelming tendency to vote for the GOP as a personal, moral failure, she believes it is a systemic problem, the result of a yarn ball of issues, including women voters having a lack of information and living with close ties to conservative men in communities that bleed red.

    Imagine Vogue magazine – or any magazine that isn’t made on a photocopier in a compound in West Virginia – pointing out that the problem with the blacks or The Jews is that they live in their own communities.

    Yet here we are, mass circulation mags about shoes and handbags are publishing racist conspiracy theories about whites, and – despite the undisputed fact that they live in a White Supremacist Patriarchy – nobody bats an eyelid.

    In the long term, how are you supposed to live with people like that, who see the political process as a means to obtain your dispossession, disgrace and destruction?

    As I’ve mentioned before, Pinochet did nothing wrong.

  16. ‘She doesn’t mention the race of the couple, so one is left to wonder if it’s a Hispanic racist woman refusing to vote for the Hispanic candidate, a racist Hispanic man insisting on the Hispanic candidate or maybe both.’

    O’Rourke != Hispanic

    O’Rourke = Irish

    The nick name Beto doesn’t change his ancestry: he’s Irish American.

  17. “Is the menacing husband standing behind the woman any different than a columnist writing in a newspaper telling people who to vote for? Or any different than a union leader telling his staff who to vote for?”

    Yes. It is one thing to pursuade, another to back that up with threats.

    A union leader who threatens to do economic harm to anyone not pursuaded, is as bad. And that probably happens.

  18. Why would a woman who was being beaten whisper that rather than “please help me”?

    This is just more of the left trying to delegitamise Trump and the right with lies. Firstly, I doubt this happened. But even if true, some people just don’t want an argument.

  19. (Beto) O’Rourke married Amy Hoover Sanders, the daughter of Louann and William Sanders, at her parents’ ranch in Lamy, New Mexico, on September 24, 2005.[19] William Sanders is a real estate developer who managed a real estate portofolio estimated at $20 billion by Bloomberg News.[178] Louann Sanders is the director of education development for the La Fe Community Development Corporation and executive director of the La Fe Preparatory charter school.[179]

    The couple, with their three children live in El Paso’s Sunset Heights area in a Henry Trost designed mission-style house reportedly where General Hugh Scott and Pancho Villa met in 1915.[16][14][180] O’Rourke is a member of the Roman Catholic Church” Wiki

    Yep “.He’s just a poor boy from a poor family
    Spare him his life from this monstrosity” Queen

    Just you’re typical Democrat struggling to help his fellow poor Americans against the wealth & power of the Republican right.

  20. Gamecock said:
    “Beto identifies as hispanic.”

    From Wikipedia:
    “Robert Francis O’Rourke was born on September 26, 1972, at Hotel Dieu Hospital in El Paso, Texas to Pat Francis O’Rourke and his second wife Melissa Martha O’Rourke née Williams”

    Neither O’Rourke nor Williams look like hispanic surnames to me. So at the closest he’s got a hispanic grandmother (I suppose it could be two hispanic grandmothers). Still be more hispanic than Fauxohontas is Red Indian, I suppose.

  21. Richard. You missed:
    “His (Beto’s) mother was the owner of a high-end furniture store, and is the stepdaughter of Fred Korth, Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy.[8][9][10][11] His father served in El Paso as County Commissioner and then County Judge.[a][12] He was a political associate of former Texas Governor Mark White,[13] and served as the state chairman of Jesse Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns”

    So tie-ins with the Kennefick gang of serial assassin targets, murderers & drunks & career politicians & fixers.
    Just your ordinary latino family.

  22. O’Rourke tried to get the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to accept him a few years back. They laughed. Then they said “no”.

    But who cares?

    Bill Clinton, who is white, was declared our first black president.

    Barack Obama, who is half white, was later declared our second first black president.

    And then there is Elizabeth Warren…

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