Good for Attorney General Greg Abbott.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is coming to Texas and other states to monitor the November 6 elections. Why? According to their website, "ODIHR deploys election observation missions to OSCE participating States to assess the implementation of OSCE commitments relating to elections."
They say they've been doing this in the United States since 2002 and it hasn't been an issue until now. I'd ask why hasn't it been an issue before? What the hell is the U.S. doing as a participatory member in this group letting people from other nations assess the implementation of our elections?
But back to Abbott. In this hyper-political and hyper-partisan environment he didn't miss an opportunity to tell these foreigners not to mess with Texas:
(I couldn't find that this group is officially associated with the UN, but they do tout working together on their website)
The foreigners didn't take too kindly to Abbott's letter raising the possibility of criminal charges if they interfere with Texas election laws.
They released their own statement and then went kicking and screaming to their mommy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
There's the potential here for this to blow up into another Texas vs. the federal government situation. But the bigger question still lingers: why is the United States party to an organization where we are mandated to let others come in and monitor our elections? From their press release on October 4:
Observers will follow campaign activities, the work of the election administration and relevant federal and state institutions, implementation of the legislative framework, and the resolution of election disputes. As part of the observation, the LEOM will conduct comprehensive monitoring of the media.
Maybe they'll come monitor The Shane Warner Morning Show. Then I can reiterate Greg Abbott's sentiments and tell them to go pound sand.