During the run up to the November presidential election each week brought news of acts of vandalism and/or sabatoge against republican campaign headquarters or campaign workers nationwide. These acts were matters of fact, not fictional urban myths. Anyone reading about these things probably figured no one would ever be caught much less charged in these crimes. Once the election cycle ended, taking with it the emotional partisanship, the question remained as to whether law enforcement would bother with any lasting investigation.
But it appears as though Wisconsin is not going to let those responsible for the tire slashing of republican campaign workers' van used to get people to the polls. 5 democratic activists working for the Kerry campaign, including the sons of a first term congresswoman and Milwaukee's former acting mayor, were charged with "criminal damge to property", a felony which carries a maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Maybe, just maybe, we are entering into a period of zero tolerance for those who try to mess with the elections. In East St. Louis, Illinois, a grand jury was convened to investigate vote fraud in that city. Now Wisconsin is stepping forward, not being cowed by those with political connections. Let's see if the same actions hold true in other parts of the country where campaigns headquarters were attacked.