Friday, June 05, 2015


In response to Hillary Clinton's criticism of voter ID laws, Rick Perry indirectly attacked the poor, though I'm sure his target audience didn't see it that way:
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Friday defended the bill he signed in 2011 requiring voters to present a photo ID after Hillary Clinton jabbed numerous Republican presidential candidates, including Perry, for working "against voting rights."

... On "Fox and Friends" Friday morning, Perry said he thinks "it makes sense to have a photo ID to be able to vote." And he brought up the requirement to present a photo ID in order to fly on commercial airplanes numerous times while defending his voter ID law.

"When I got on the airline to come up here yesterday, I had to show my photo I.D. Now, Hillary Clinton may not to have had to show an ID to get on a airplane in a long time..." he said.

"She’s on a private jet," Brian Kilmeade, one of the "Fox and Friends" co-hosts, jumped in to say....
As Daily Kos's Kerry Eleveld writes, "Rick Perry apparently thinks only people who can fly should be able to vote." The way I' put it is that Rick Perry apparently thinks only people who do fly, or can afford to fly, should be able to vote. In 2003, a Department of Transportation survey noted that
About one out of five adult US residents (18 percent) reported that they had never flown on a commercial airline. Compared to flyers, non-flyers were much more likely to

• report having a disability or health impairment
• be under 25 years of age
• have no more than a high school education
• have a yearly household income of less than $30,000 .
Many poor and disabled people (and, increasingly, young people) don't have driver's licenses at all. I guess Rick Perry thinks they shouldn't vote. (And I imagine a lot of right-wingers agree with him.)

That was a pretty good response to Clinton's voting proposals for someone trying to win wingnut votes. This one, from possible presidential candidate John Kasich on Fox News, was not quite as snarky:
“If she wants to sue somebody, let them sue New York. We have 27 days of voting. In New York the only voting that occurs is on Election Day. What is she talking about? ...”
Kasich said this though (a) Hillary Clinton has never been an elected or appointed official in New York's state government and (b) New York State lacks early voting because of near-total opposition from Republican state legislators. Still, what Kasich said will probably sound perfectly reasonable to the Republican rank-and-file.

But Chris Christie's response to Clinton's call for automatic voter registration hit that all-important Free Republic note:
“Secretary Clinton doesn't know the first thing about voting rights in New Jersey or in the other states that she attacked,” Christie said. “My sense is that she just wants an opportunity to commit greater acts of voter fraud around the country.”
Proposals for automatic voter registration have been floated before -- for instance, by Eric Holder -- and the automatic response at wingnut gathering places such as Free Republic is that it's an open invitation to fraud. It's rarely explained how this will happen -- on the right, it's just a given, just as it's a given that all non-military government programs are wasteful and all undocumented immigrants are societal parasites.

So even though Christie din't make a tightly reasoned argument, he beats Perry and Kasich. The right believes voter fraud is rife, and that Democrats steal elections routinely. If that's the case, I'm not sure why Democrats didn't do more thievery in, say, 2010 and 2014 -- but that's not even question worth asking on the right. To the right, Democrats are the voter fraud party, and Christie wisely went straight for that talking point. If he wants to get back into contention, maybe he should run an entire presidential campaign based on opposition to nonexistent voter fraud.


Victor said...


And yet, most of the voter fraud has been committed by Republicans and conservatives:

That hideous conservative waste of plasma, oxygen, and carbon, Ann Coulter, committed voter fraud.

And if/when it happens, it's such a minor occurrence, that you have a better chance of finding people who've been both hit my lighting and suffered a Great White Shark bite, than committed voter fraud!

But, you know - it's all about "Projection!"

John Taylor said...

Clinton has to keep their feet to the fire. There is plenty to attack in the GOP policies, so let's see more salvoes. Bernie Sanders has lots to say and the voters should hear it.

Glennis said...

Voter fraud is a Republican myth.

Unknown said...

But ignorant voters can make a great contribution to America. Low information voters are too busy with working to raise a family or getting a degree to spend much time following the complexities of government issues and candidates. They can make a significant patriotic contribution, however, by simply NOT VOTING in elections. Voting on the basis of ignorance is about the worst thing people can do in a democratic republic.