This is a sample “Democratic” ballot passed out by homeless people shipped in from Philadelphia to work for the Republican campaigns in Maryland of Michael Steele and Robert Erlich.

And the Repubs aren’t even trying to disown it!

The glossy fliers bore photos of black Democratic leaders on the front. Under the headline “Democratic Sample Ballot” were boxes checked in red for Ehrlich and Senate candidate Michael S. Steele, who were not identified as Republicans. Their names were followed by a long list of local Democratic candidates.

Nearly a week later, a fuller picture has emerged about how the plan to capture blacks’ votes unfolded — details that suggest the fliers, and the people paid to distribute them, were not part of a hurry-up effort but a calculated strategy.

Republican leaders have defended the Election Day episode as an accepted element of bare-knuckle politics. But for many voters, it shattered in one day the nice-guy images Ehrlich and Steele had cultivated for years.

I’m thinking more and more that we should pass a law in this country that if your campaigns are caught knowingly supporting such subversive tactics that you can never run for elected office every again. Enough of this crap. Done and done.

And by the way Republicans…you’re really having a hard time understanding why you don’t get the black vote in this country? Please…

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