The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Accusations of voter-registration fraud.
Demands to see voter records.
Accusations that the other side is conspiring to steal the election.
Eight years ago, with the Republicans and Diebold.
Four years ago.
Fast-forward to today and substitute "Democrats" for "Republicans" and "ACORN" for "Diebold."
Season with a Greene County, Ohio, sheriff who demands to see Social Security information and other none-of-his-business type of data about newly registered voters.
Add the Internet and copy-and-paste mass e-mails to taste and stir. It'll come to a boil on its own.
In some respects, you can't blame anyone for not trusting what they hear from the government at any level. After all, the accusations of electoral misconduct in the 2000 and 2004 elections, in which Ohio-based Diebold and its new electronic voting machines and its unabashedly-Bush-supporting boss were accused of hacking the election in favor of the Republicans, left a bad taste with the left.
What's fascinating, in a slow-down-and-look-at-the-car-wreck kind of way, is that it's now the Republicans making the accusation -- although GOP fundraiser David Myhal withdrew his lawsuit Tuesday at the behest of state Republican Party leaders so the latest claims of voter fraud can be worked out without going to court.
But he was only the latest Republican to claim Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, was handling the vote in a less-than-constitutional fashion. The largely-right-leaning U.S. Supreme Court had already knocked down a similar claim against Brunner.
Remember when this was supposed to be the election in which everything was different? Hope and change and all that?
Well, the only change is that the shoe's on the other foot, and all we can hope for is that we'll have election results the morning of Nov. 5.