Selma re-invented

Look at how much American society has advanced in 47 years. Voter suppression has gone from billy clubs to hipster glasses and Apple computers:

It might as well be Harry Potter’s invisible Knight Bus, because no one can prove it exists.

The bus has been repeatedly cited by True the Vote, a national group focused on voter fraud. Catherine Engelbrecht, the group’s leader, told a gathering in July about buses carrying dozens of voters showing up at polling places during the recent Wisconsin recall election.

“Magically, all of them needed to register and vote at the same time,” Ms. Engelbrecht said. “Do you think maybe they registered falsely under false pretenses? Probably so.”

Weeks later, another True the Vote representative told a meeting of conservative women about a bus seen at a San Diego polling place in 2010 offloading people “who did not appear to be from this country.”

Officials in both San Diego and Wisconsin said they had no evidence that the buses were real. “It’s so stealthy that no one is ever able to get a picture and no one is able to get a license plate,” said Reid Magney, a spokesman for the Wisconsin agency that oversees elections. In some versions the bus is from an Indian reservation; in others it is full of voters from Chicago or Detroit. “Pick your minority group,” he said.

Progress! Please read the whole story because it only gets worse -- bands of right-wing whack jobs invading inner-city neighborhhods in a pathetic search for the Unicorn, the Bigfoot, the Lochness Monster (scratch that one, it might actually exist) of voter impersonation, with the real goal of intiminating minority voters. Ironically, I read this story today not long after watching some of an excellent PBS Eyes on the Prize video, "Bridge to Freedom," about the bloody push to win voting rights in Selma, Alabama, in 1965.

Sheriff Jim Clark, True the's the same freakin' thing.