According to this article from The Hill:
Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.
Public safety officials said in interviews with The Hill that the election, which will end with either the nation’s first black president or its first female vice president, demanded a stronger police presence.
Here’s the best part:
The Oakland police last faced big riots in 2003 when the Raiders lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl. Officials are bracing themselves in case residents of Oakland take Obama’s loss badly.
Because if it turns out that people were not allowed to vote or that their votes weren’t counted or that thousands of votes magically appeared from nowhere, that would be just as disappointing as your favorite football team losing. In fact, were there evidence of widespread election fraud, some people might go out and, as Bob Parks puts it on page two, “commit mischief.”
Guys, your football reference is close but not quite what people are fearing they’ll see on election night. It would be more like this:
The Republicans, bless their hearts, are preparing us for this scenario by dropping hints that true reality is not anywhere close to what we’re seeing:
A source of mine involved in homeland security, however, says that the government isn’t terribly concerned with fears of overzealous celebrations, but with potential rioting linked to expectations being built of a “stolen election.”
He intoned–but did not state directly–that internal polling from both the McCain and Obama campaigns see a much Presidential tighter race that is shown in most of the public polls (noted here, here, and here as well). This inaccurate and perhaps purposefully biased polling has created expectations in some quarters of an easy win for Barack Obama that the internal polling data in both campaigns does not support.
So you see, despite poll after poll putting Obama well ahead of McCain, the Top Secret Code Red Section X polls are measuring the TRUE situation, that the election could go to either one and we simply won’t know the situation until Diebold tells it to us.