Re: The Week in Blog: The Elusive Plumbers' Vote
Ms. Carpenter referred to Mr. Scher's comment about ACORN (that there's been no evidence that the padding of voter registration forms names has led to actual voter fraud) a couple of times as a "canard". I have never heard the word used in that context before. Traditionally, other than a type of airplane part, as Merrium-Webster and other dictionaries define it, a canard is "a false or unfounded report or story ; especially : a fabricated report b: a groundless rumor or belief". That seems an inappropriate use of the term in the context of Ms. Carperter's meaning. Some might say that it's a projection as the actual story seems to lead to the canard that somehow ACORN methods will lead to voter fraud, or that Sen. Obama's sub-contracting of an off-shoot of ACORN was a deliberate attempt to engage in voter fraud. I tend to agree with the NY Times editorial today that the real tradegy is the obstacles politicians have placed on willing and eligible voters in getting registered and the continuing practice of caging the vote. However if there is another meaning of canard that is applicable to her comments I would appreciate being shown it.