Desperate times call for desperate measures. Out of ideas to justify holding power, Democrats have turned to well-worn tactics of scaring voters, distorting issues, and attacking Republicans with ridiculous diversions to attempt to turn the tide running against them. With change coming at them full force, Democrats are desperately trying to change the subject.

The race for Governor has remained polite. That is largely because the race is over. Democrat Johnny DuPree has not dented Phil Bryant's lead, so there is no reason to dust up.

Instead, the usual Democratic tricks are going on as discreetly as possible. Take the "Mississippi Kids" Political Action Committee-newly formed by Democrat House leaders Cecil Brown (though only his wife is listed as the treasurer) and Johnny Stringer. Ostensibly, "Mississippi Kids" was formed (in mid-October, coincidentally avoiding most campaign finance disclosures) "to give support to candidates who support public education and the children of Mississippi," according to the Brookhaven Daily Leader. "Mississippi Kids" immediately sent out distorted attack pieces against Republicans, including Brookhaven's Becky Currie.

The notion that the only way to "support children" is to espouse liberal dogma on ever-increasing education spending is tiresome. Invoking "Mississippi Kids" to fund anonymous attacks on conservatives is offensive.

But it is standard liberal fare. And, it stands in the way of real progress on issues that most Mississippians (including conservative kids, Cecil) consider to be important, like improving education attainment and accountability in tough budget times.

Ditto the subtle campaign being waged against Initiative 27, which would (finally) require voter identification at the polls. National Democrats have stepped in to assist, opining that voter ID measures are really a Republican effort to disenfranchise Democratic voters nationwide. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, ultra liberal Democrat who will be in Mississippi this week to raise money for her Mississippi comrades, recently said that voter ID is a scheme by Republicans, "who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally - and very transparently - block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates . . . ." Isn't liberal "civility" civil?

Donna Brazile, who ran the Gore-Lieberman campaign, contended in an October 16 CNN article (where else) that "Republican photo ID mandates" are designed to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters. Kelvin Buck, with the Mississippi NAACP, echoed similar sentiments in a WAPT story earlier this month, saying that voter ID will suppress the vote in Mississippi.

Poppycock. Unless you count the dead vote, in which case they may be right. The portrayal of voter ID as a GOP "suppression" scheme is not borne out by the 130,000 voters who signed the petition to force voter ID onto the ballot. Many of those voters are from overwhelmingly Democratic areas-the Delta actually had more signatures than all but one other Congressional District.

When I served as Secretary of State Hosemann's Chief of Staff, we often got questions about voter ID, from hotbeds of radicalism like the Rotary Club. The questions always reflected bewilderment as to how anyone could seriously be opposed to an ID requirement. People who show an ID to rent a movie could not understand why we should not also show one to vote. Indeed, I witnessed many voters show identification voluntarily, instinctively, when they voted. It may surprise far-leftists like Wasserman-Schultz and Brazile, but many of the voters who show ID without prompting are the very same folks Democrats whine will be too intimidated even to show up if voter ID is required.

But, like the "Mississippi Kids" attack PAC, facts are beside the point. Why be concerned with the number of well-documented (and convicted, kudos to Madison DA Guest) instances of voter fraud, or dead people showing up to vote, when there is an election to win? And, when Voter ID passes by a huge margin, Democrats will recycle the "intimidation" and "suppression" straw men to lobby the Department of Justice, and sue, to overturn the will of the people.

Rounding out the scare-tactic trifecta is the recent PERS dustup, as detailed on these pages last week. Democrats are using Governor Barbour's study commission, formed to improve the long term viability of the Public Employees Retirement System, in an attempt to scare public employees and retirees into voting Democratic. Nevermind that the commission has not recommended anything yet, or that some changes have to occur if PERS is to survive into the future. Democratic strategists smell a winner. Hopefully, voters will smell the rat.