The conspiracy-theorist fringe of the American left has found yet another ghost to chase after. This time, the boogeymen are a bunch of voting machines owned by a company partially owned by another company where a small minority of the partners and directors are ex-Bain employees and Romney bundlers.
Tagg Romney’s equity fund (Solamere Capital) is invested in another investment firm, which invests in the company that owns voting machines.
What’s more, almost all of the partners and directors of the voting machine company are — gasp! — white men.
These eeeeeevil machines are now apparently being programmed to mis-tabulate our votes and foist Mitt Romney upon an unwilling electorate. This is the video that started the madness:
Yeah, we’re not buying it either. The best part is that, if our fresh-faced conspiracy reporter has his facts right, the supposedly dirty investors weren’t even Bain Capital people. Listen carefully to this dude explaining the grand conspiracy. He self-corrects to say that the evil overlords worked at Bain and Company. That’s not Bain Capital. It’s the company that Bain Capital spun off of in 1984. Mitt Romney was never CEO of Bain and Company. He worked there in the late ’70s and early ’80s and then left to start Bain Capital. So, this is the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon of conspiracy theories.
Still, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of people falling for it:
— Trisha D Mitchell (@go4stimulus) October 18, 2012
MT @dncalan: Republican playbook on how to win/steal an election 1Tell lies = FOXnews2 Steal it=Voter suppression 3Buy it=Citizens United
— Les (@LesHugTX) October 18, 2012
@statedept get to ohio the voting machines are owned by tagg romney snd mittromney companies they will steal the election by 3pArty transfer
— gloria Obama vaughan (@gloriajbv) October 18, 2012
— Kay Ydill (@SirrK) October 19, 2012
Finally a Romney has invested in America, as it comes out that Tagg Romney has investments in Ohio’s electronic voting machines.
— DR (@pollbuster) October 18, 2012
— Nicole(@MzDivah67) October 18, 2012
— Lisa Hussein Obama (@mombizzz) October 18, 2012
— BayonneBernie (@bayonnebernie) October 18, 2012
@edshow please investigate the ownership of the voting machines!! Romney is trying to steal election!
— notanegg (@AmyDelgado98) October 18, 2012
@joy__hart They’re getting the public ready for when they steal this election!
— lorena dietz (@bigl8551) October 18, 2012
— America 2.0 (@America2_0) October 19, 2012
Oh, and here’s our personal favorite:
— Linda(@DebtTrut) October 19, 2012
So the idea is to solve perceived disenfranchisement with purposeful mass disenfranchisement? Brilliant!