Masked Poll Watchers Are Showing Up at Voting Sites With Handguns and Kevlar Vests - Bloomberg
Political violence and its partner political intimidation run thematically through my book - Sometimes David Wins. It's a reality that rises and falls in prominence with the shifting times but it never disappears entirely. In my lifetime and the lifetimes of my parents, grandparents and as far back as our family tree extends there it is, deeply woven into US public life.
These days political violence dominates the atmospherics of the moment for obvious and compelling reasons. The savage beating of Nancy Pelosi's husband is just the latest example. No both-siderism is possible here. One party coddles violence like Rosemary cooing over her baby. That would be the Republicans of course, playing with fire.
Stealing political signs lies far to one side of the innocuous v. injurious continuum. Exactly how it fits is unclear because the devil's in the details of specific circumstances. When I wrote Pinal County's five supervisors with a brief description of what happened in Oracle, one so far responded. Supervisor Cavanaugh affirmed the importance of our reporting of the crimes to PCSO while declaring any investigation was up to the sheriff (Mark Lamb) and/or state law enforcement authorities. He also said that a Kari Lake sign had been defaced with a mustache and swastika planted on one and that another had been run over by a vehicle. In fact, he led with that "both siderism" point. Of course, as Supervisor Cavanaugh well knows, when it comes to a crime what the "other side" does is irrelevant. A crime is a crime. Politics is politics. Separating the two is of vital importance in our fractious world.