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Elizabeth Drew on voter suppression

Elizabeth Drew:

The Republicans’ plan is that if they can’t buy the 2012 election they will steal it.

The plan, long in the making and now well into its execution, is to raise great gobs of money—in newly limitless amounts—so that they and their allies could outspend the president’s forces; and they would also place obstacles in the way of large swaths of citizens who traditionally support the Democrats and want to exercise their right to vote. The plan would disproportionately affect blacks, who were guaranteed the right to vote in 1870 by the Fifteenth Amendment; but then that right was negated by southern state legislatures; and after people marched, were beaten, and died in the civil rights movement, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Now various state legislatures are coming up with new ways to try once again to nullify that right.

In a close election, the Republican plan could call into question the legitimacy of the next president.

This is the worst thing that has happened to our democratic election system since the late nineteenth century, when legislatures in southern states systematically negated the voting rights blacks had won in the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Well, sure. Maybe if Gore hadn't gavelled the CBC into silence in January 2001. Or if Kerry had contested the outcome of Ohio 2004 instead of collecting money to do so, and then rolling over. Maybe if Hillary Clinton had contested caucus fraud in the TX primary in 2008. We'll never know. Whenever the Democrats have had their chance to "raise their profile" on this issue, they never have, not once, whether through collusion or cowardice, or stupidity, I don't know (though my guess is collusion).

And where were the Democrats when the laws that Drew decries were being passed? On the teebee or in the streets? And where are the Democrats on election fraud with electronic voting machines? And where's the greatest orator of our time? Nowhere and nowhere and nowhere, of course.

But The Obama and tax returns also too dressage and Seamus!

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Submitted by DCblogger on

it will be a classic case of the Dems not protecting their base and putting it out of the power of the base to protect them. As you say, every time the Republicans introduced these laws Dems should have shouted voter suppression from the roof tops. Obama should have led the charge.

However, if Romney succeeds via voter suppression, his presidency will have no legitimacy and all those who have made excuses for The Obama will go into active opposition. And we should welcome them. Even if it is hypocritical, the crucial thing is that people move into active opposition to the kleptocracy.