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With victories like these, the GOP will become the Whigs (Who? Exactly.)

Cross-posted on The People’s View.

What does the Supreme Court’s decision gutting the 1965 Voting Rights Act mean for the Republican Party? Follow me, if you will.

Yesterday, Spandan of The People’s View wrote an analysis of the decision and how the Democrats should respond to it. Basically, it’s an opportunity to do in 2014 what we did in 2012 in the face of voter suppression.

But it’s a bit more than that. Much more. To emphasize Spandan’s point about demography being destiny: both he and I live in California. Up until Prop 187, the state was more or less reliably Republican, at least in presidential elections. Things were more complex lower down, but the GOP had a lock on our electoral votes. Prop 187 was the galvanizing force which turned a reddish state into pure cerulean blue. How much so? For the first time, Democrats control a two-thirds majority in both houses of the Legislature. And all statewide elected officials are Democrats. The two-thirds majority is big, because that’s what you need to pass a budget. No more deals need to be made with the GOP. The governor, Jerry Brown, is from the fiscally conservative wing of the party; but he still supports making needed investments in both physical and human infrastructure, while living within the state’s means. And for the first time since the 1990s, the state posted a budget surplus. That’s what happens when Democrats run government.

Republicans look at what once was a bulwark and are scared out of their minds that the rest of the country is going that way.California had always been touted as the Shangri-La to which white Midwesterners could retire. In my own city of Los Angeles, we had race-baiting mayor Sam Yorty serving as recently as the late 1960’s / early 1970’s. Now we’ve had exactly one Republican mayor in the past 40 years, and he won by being the most moderate of Republicans, and making deals with the Democratic majority on the City Council. Within a generation, with massive foreign immigration, Los Angeles went from being “Indiana on the Pacific” to a true world city, as cosmopolitan and diverse as New York or London.

The Republican brand in California is at an all time low. And, keep in mind, this was done without gerrymandering. California has an independent commission, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, drawing district lines both on the federal and state levels. So, no gerrymandering means that it will be a wash electorally, right? No. This commission drew the lines which gave Democrats a two-thirds majority in the Legislature, and increased the Democratic representation in the Congressional delegation. Unless Democrats muck it up, Republicans have no future in California. And as goes California, so goes the nation. Our state is the precursor of what the rest of the country will look like. Even Old Confederacy states like Georgia will have a large segment of minority voters, who will likely give their votes to Democrats, and joining with liberal whites will tip the balance of power across the south.

Look at what’s happening in TX. Here it was Prop 187; there it will be the attack on women’s health and voter ID laws. The mobilization over the abortion bill being filibustered by Democrats, led by Wendy Davis, is something TX hasn’t seen in decades. The more white Republicans grasp to preserve their remaining power, the more they will lose. Demography already puts the White House out of their grasp, for the most part. And as in 2012, attempts to suppress the vote for 2014 will propel the Democratic electorate to stand in line for hours and obtain any ID required, especially with OFA as a ready-made organization.

Which brings me to my last point. To all the naysayers who are now wailing that “we will never win another election”, I have a few questions: Where have you been for the past 12 years? More specifically, where were you in 2000, when Nader’s 3% of the vote was enough to throw Florida into chaos and hand the Presidency to George W. Bush? There is a direct line from November of 2000 to Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. To pretend otherwise is to ignore history. And where were you in 2010, when the 2008 voters stayed home and handed both the House and state governments across the nation to a radical Republican fringe? There is also a direct line from November 2010 to the SCOTUS ruling. To pretend otherwise is to lie to yourself. And where will you be in 2014? Will you donate to Democratic organizations? Will you drive voters to the polls? Will you make calls? Or will you sit at your computers gnashing your teeth and despairing because the mean nasty Republicans are mean and nasty?

A democracy is only as good as we make it. Without participation, the loudest voices will win. We have to be the loudest voices, voices that make the earth shake. Anything less, and we deserve what we get.

The GOP knows it’s heading for history’s dustbin. It’s time for us to sweep them into it.


173 Responses to “With victories like these, the GOP will become the Whigs (Who? Exactly.)”


  1. 1 criquet
    June 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Hello all.

  2. 2 criquet
    June 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Hello all.

    ://twitter.com/frankthorpNBC/status/349920057201143811

  3. 3 criquet
    June 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Sorry about that!!!!

    • 5 Bill
      June 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      That is becoming the go to response to the opinion of any Republican on any subject. Yesterday Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) who is a more sensible GOP member than many said he would like to do away with the minimum wage.

    • 6 jackiegrumbacher
      June 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Love, love, love Nancy Pelosi AND her daughter. The msm keep asking has beens like Palin and Bachmann what they think about things when the number of people who care about their opinions can be fit into a small bathroom.

  4. June 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

  5. 9 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Freaking awesome…..Nancy Pelosi. This woman is amazing.

  6. 11 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

  7. 12 JIM and BARB PINE
    June 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Now I can only hope (and donate) that the state of KS could become as cerulean blue as your state of CA! Alas, Sam Brownback, Westboro Baptist Church…are we doomed!?

  8. 14 JER
    June 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  9. 18 criquet
    June 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Remember all the adverse comments about the Solicitor -General of the USA after the Obamacare hearing before SCOTUS?

    Well with this DOMA ruling:

  10. 19 forus50
    June 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  11. 20 amk for obama
    June 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    A democracy is only as good as we make it. Without participation, the loudest voices will win.

    well said, LL. If you don’t fucking vote, then don’t fucking whine when the power is taken over by cheats and thieves.

  12. June 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    So what DID cray-cray M. Bachmann say about DOMA?

  13. 25 amk for obama
    June 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    he Irish government is to pay survivors of Magdalene laundries at least 35m euros (($45m, £30m).

    The laundries were Catholic-run workhouses where thousands of women and girls had to do unpaid, manual labour.

    Payments will range from 11,500 euros (£9,000) for women who spent three months or less in a laundry, to a maximum of 100,000 euros (£85,000) for ten years or more.

    Payment is not dependent on proof of hardship, injury or abuse.

    Around 600 survivors are to receive forms by post to enable them to apply for redress.

    The government expects the redress scheme to cost between 35m and 58m euros (£30m to £50m).

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23064112

  14. 26 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Hahahahahaha. EPIC shade at Chik-Fil-A

  15. 27 Jovie
    June 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

  16. 28 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    It’ll be a wonderful day when he’s no longer on the bench.

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      June 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      UT, if I still didn’t hear my mother’s voice of admonishment in my head, I would use some choice words to tell you what I think of that despicable creep Scalia. Every day that he can still call himself a Justice of the US Supreme Court is a day of shame for our country and that goes for that boob Thomas and the evil Alito.

  17. 31 Jovie
    June 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  18. June 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  19. 40 Jovie
    June 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Coburn is a No on everything. Why work in the federal government if you just want to get rid of it?

    • 41 Bill
      June 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Every speech I hear him give on the floor of the Senate he rants about duplication of government programs, but he never introduces bills do resolve the problem.

  20. June 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Governor Brown is ON IT.

  21. June 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  22. 44 daisydem
    June 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    LL: after reading your post, I feel like slapping a podium (or something)! Way to go. Tell it.

  23. 48 Jovie
    June 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Harry just filed cloture in immigration reform.
    Final passage either Thursday night or Friday.

    Big news…

  24. June 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    LOLz.

  25. June 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Please talk to the hand……. the gracious thing would have been to STFU! Sorry……TOD Clinton fans I despise the 2x standard applied!

    • June 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      I would just have two words for the Clintons namely Bill FUCK OFF. Excuse my language fellow TOD’ers

      • June 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm

        The Clinton’s are soooo jealous of all of PBO’s accomplishments. They are almost gasping for relevancy like the GOP. My meesage to
        them ….Don’t assume you have my vote because I am a Dem.,because you see, Bill and Hill, I am also an Obamabot.

        • 56 Jovie
          June 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

          In the general whoever is the democrat- voting is very important.
          Unless you plan on voting republican?

          • June 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

            No plan on voting republican Jovie….would rather have a root canal. I know about the general, but I do have a choice in the primaries.

    • 58 amk for obama
      June 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      shorter c’s: sorry we made your life hell for years because we loved triangulation.

      • 59 57andfemale
        June 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm

        I’m trying to think of one right that was extended under the Clinton presidency. Rights were curtailed, as I recall. Corporate rights don’t count.

    • 60 arapaho415
      June 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    • 61 arapaho415
      June 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      I hope a WJC backlash results in re-instating Glass-Steagal, arguably the worst action of WJC’s presidency. (The repeal of Glass-Steagall overturned Great Depression era safeguards to separate banks from the casinos they call “investment banking.)

      • 62 57andfemale
        June 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        It led directly to the crash of the economy in 2008.

        Bill Clinton had an opportunity to regulate credit default swaps, but really – anything business wanted, Bill Clinton gave. Clinton, Gramm and Gingrich would posture during the morning over impeachment, and get together to craft that monstrosity of bank deregulation in the afternoon.

        I don’t hold HIllary responsible for his actions (although there is nothing in her record to indicate that she didn’t agree 100%). I only hear progressive rhetoric during campaigns, but the notion that Hillary would have been more progressive than PBO only exists in the fevered hallucinations of the whiny left.

    • 63 57andfemale
      June 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Would have been gracious to mention the POTUS who set the stage for these changes. But that would require the Clintons to have any grace.

    • 64 CEB
      June 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Nothing gets down without the proper leadership. We have it in PBO.

      • 65 CEB
        June 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        should be “gets done” but actually, “gets down” could work as well.
        Did they forget that PBO was the one who directed the DOJ to stop defending DOMA, the first of many acts by this admin. that brought us to this day? Tired of people try to steal credit or to diminish what PBO has done to bring about change. I know he says that he does not care about credit as long as things get done, but damn, ungrateful people need to know who has their backs.

  26. 66 japa21
    June 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    • 67 Jovie
      June 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      I know! What is maddening, Hayes and Maddow will have in the College Republicans, or somebody from the other side…
      They will take shots at the President for not doing it earlier, or some BS.
      Giving the impression that its Republicans that are all for it.
      My take, is that these phony liberals in the news, have to justify voting for the Paul family and not democrats.

  27. 68 Vicki
    June 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    This is important: FREE voter ID’s are going to be available in Texas. One good way to counteract voter suppression.

    • 69 utaustinliberal
      June 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      No it’s not. It’s not free in the true definition of free. Thousands of people don’t live near a driver’s license office, you can’t make appointments, the Voter ID card can’t be used for anything else except for voting. Whereas a concealed carry permit can be used for pretty much anything. It does not count as an adequate use of identification at any other location except at a polling station, it can only be used for 6 years and then you have to renew it again. How are the poor and disenfranchised supposed to afford it? How are they supposed to take time off work without guarantee that their income won’t suffer and that they will actually be seen by the licensing agent the day they took off work to get the card?

      Before you get the Voter ID card, you need to jump through arcane hoops and rules. You need a birth certificate, proof of citizenship, social security identification, and a host of other GOP nonsense.

      It is another form of voter suppression and it won’t be easy at all for people to get those “Free Voter ID” cards without a lot of help from organizations and groups like OFA.

      • 70 57andfemale
        June 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        Excellent delineation of the process. Also, you can use a driver’s license or concealed carry permit to vote, which do not require the same requirements that the voter ID does.

        My first image was of an elderly cleaning lady of any color or ethnicity who has always taken public transportation to clean someone’s toilets. She paid taxes on her paltry income, and supports the government every time she buys a quart of milk through taxes.

        Now she has to find or procure her birth certificate, find public transportation to get a DMV that is not easy to get to, to get her ‘free’ ID card that she will have to renew in 6 years.

        This is voter suppression.

      • 71 Vicki
        June 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        Thank you for the explanation. If there is a solution it will be in the effort to assist as many folks as possible to get to the licensing agent with the info that is required. Won’t be easy, sorry if I implied that it was going to be. Just that we can’t say Voter ID is the end.

      • 72 jackiegrumbacher
        June 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm

        Yes, UT, and in some states, the problems are compounded when you’ve been married and divorced. People have a devil of a time acquiring all the necessary documents. And those documents aren’t free. Getting a license duplicate from some states can be very costly.

        • June 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

          No doubt but right now that’s the hand we’ve been dealt. The only thing to do is make sure people get a photo id. We just don’t have a choice in the matter.

  28. June 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Excellent piece LL, as always! One thing we can be sure of – the republicans will be fighting dirty while they go down. This is why we need to keep our eyes on the prize.

  29. 75 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    My POTUS is awesome.

  30. 76 Jovie
    June 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Lots of hate in this blog for the Clinton’s, more so than the T Baggers.
    Interesting!

    • June 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      I don’t get it.

      • 78 Jovie
        June 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

        It might lead to defeat of the WH in 2016 if we are not careful.

        • 79 daisydem
          June 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm

          We cannot afford that. Seriously. I hope and I pray to God Almighty that as Democrats, we can keep the White House for at least 8 more years after this. Our country needs that.

    • 80 lisalovesobama
      June 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Excuse you? Do I need to remind you who Bubba Clinton is? I don’t like Bill Clinton and won’t be voting for his wife if she decides run.

      • 81 Jovie
        June 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

        I ain’t voting for them in the primary either, in the general whoever the democrat is I will put am X by that box.

        Unless you switch party lines because you hate The big Dog?

        That will be interesting!

        • 82 lisalovesobama
          June 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

          I’m not voting for a 70 year old to become president. we already have enough problems as it is.

        • June 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

          What annoys me is that many Democrats use this business of “who else will you vote for” as an excuse for accepting mediocrity. I agree that any Democrat is better than any Republican – that’s a given. But, we also have to push for better Democrats. All we heard from any leaks about foreign security when Hillary was in the Administration is that she was always to the right of President Obama. If she wants the ticket, and people’s votes, then she’s going to have to work for it. She’s going to have to prove that she’s going to move the country forward, and that her husband – whose mistakes have taken up way too much of President Obama’s presidency to correct – will not be part of her decision-making team, and that she doesn’t espouse his policies.

          But, this is a standard we should hold all candidates to – because after President Obama, we’re going to need a stellar candidate to carry on the fight and safeguard his good work. There is a deep bench of Democrats to call on – I just hope people really examine the candidates and give them all a chance. Hillary is not inevitable. If she gets the nomination – then, we should vote for her. But, she will need to fight for that nomination to prove she’s better than the other Democrats who will also be fighting for the nomination. There’s a reason President Obama defeated her and her machinery the first time.

          • June 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm

            You nailed it theo67.

          • June 26, 2013 at 2:57 pm

            No it’s Bush’s mistakes that have taken up way too much of PBO’s time. Let’s get the cast of characters right. I agree about holding whomever runs accountable and I agree with lisa that we really need to encourage new blood. Democrats have a lot of talent that needs to be cultivated. Personally I would love to see Julian Castro throw his hat in the ring.

            But the reality is if it’s not a Democrat than yes it’s going to be a Republican. It’s not using this as an excuse for mediocrity. It’s accepting the fact that this person won the primary.

            I’m with Jovie. Whoever gets the nomination gets my vote. If it’s Colonel Klink and Sgt Schultz then they get my vote.

          • 89 Vicki
            June 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

            Agree, theo

  31. June 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Please take pride in Congresswoman Duckworth D-IL, who defeated Joe Walsh, and absolutely destroyed this witness. Never seen anything like this…… this is the most brutal thing my eyes have witnessed in a while, and a testament to have Veterans serve in Congress….

  32. June 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    • 104 57andfemale
      June 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Imagine if even 10% of the 90,000 Nader voters had voted responsibly in 2000 – we wouldn’t have this mess. Bush did damage for a generation to the Supreme Court. Imagine the Gore picks (although O’Connor might not have retired, the bitch).

      This is directly the fault of the whiny left voters that we are still fighting today. Sigh.

  33. 105 Jovie
    June 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I would say, half the comments on this blog, every day is filled with hatred toward the Clinton’s.
    Stay focused on the real deal, the T Baggers and Chris Christie!
    And of course, the Midterms!
    🙂

    • 106 daisydem
      June 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Getting tired of the hate. Drags us down.

      • 107 daisydem
        June 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm

        And keeps us looking backwards, not FORWARD.

        • 108 lisalovesobama
          June 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm

          I can appreciate your point of view, but everyone here has a right to make their comments. Bill Clinton is no hero for me and many others on this site. I have as much of a right to air my dislike and lack of support of him as his supporters let us know how much they dislike and don’t support PBO. The comments here are a reflection of reality. The Democratic Party has many wings including but not limited to the Clintonites and the Obots. If Clinton decides to run, she too will be faced with this reality.

          • 110 forus50
            June 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm

            TY. Reality IS that this day would not have happened if POTUS had not won the Dem nomination in 2008. A Pres. H. Clinton would not have overturned her husband’s work of DOMA and DADT. THAT is the reality that we live in and must be acknowledged. To sweep it under the rug for the sake of “playing nice” doesn’t do justice to the truth. It also doesn’t have any relationship to all Democrats intent to work hard for big wins in 2014.

            • 111 lisalovesobama
              June 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

              Too true.
              Ps- love, love this song! 🙂

              • 112 forus50
                June 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

                Love love this song too. I listen to it every few months just to get my frame of mind centered and energized to never take any shit from any Republican EVER again. I seem to recall when she came out with this song in 2006 the sane citizens of this country had reached the point of “WE ALL” can’t take this crap anymore.

    • 113 nathkatun7
      June 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Jovie, I think you are being a hypocrite. The criticism of the Clintons is not any where near the constant bashing, and frankly visceral hatred, of Sen. Harry Reid, which you personally enthusiastically participate in, and even promote.

  34. 114 Layla
    June 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    LUCERNE, Switzerland, June 26 (Reuters) – Billionaire Marc Rich, who invented oil trading and was pardoned by President Bill Clinton over tax evasion, racketeering and busting sanctions with Iran, died on Wednesday in Switzerland aged 78.

    Rich fled the Holocaust with his parents for America to become the most successful and controversial trader of his time and a fugitive from U.S. justice, enjoying decades of comfortable privacy at his sprawling Villa Rosa on Lake Lucerne.

    Belgian-born Rich, whose trading group eventually became the global commodities powerhouse Glencore Xstrata, died in hospital from a stroke, spokesman Christian Koenig said.

    At the cream-painted, red-roofed villa, with views of the nearby mountains and grounds sloping down to the banks of the lake, security guards and other staff could be seen but there was no sign of family members.

    “He will be brought to Israel for burial,” Avner Azulay, managing director of the Marc Rich Foundation, said by telephone. Rich will be buried on Thursday at Kibbutz Einat cemetery near Tel Aviv.

    Many of the biggest players in oil and metals trading trace their roots back to the swashbuckling Rich, whose triumph in the 1970s was to pioneer a spot market for crude oil, wresting business away from the world’s big oil groups.

    To his critics, he was a white-collar criminal, a serial sanctions breaker, whom they accused of building a fortune trading with revolutionary Iran, Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, apartheid-era South Africa, Nicolae Ceausescu’s Romania, Fidel Castro’s Cuba and Augusto Pinochet’s Chile.

    In interviews with journalist Daniel Ammann for his biography, “The King of Oil”, the normally obsessively secretive Rich admitted to bribing officials in countries such as Nigeria and to assisting the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.

    Explaining Rich’s route to riches in an interview with Reuters in 2010, Ammann said: “He was faster and more aggressive than his competitors. He was able to recognise trends and seize opportunities before other traders. And he went where others feared to tread – geographically and morally.”

    A U.S. government web site once described Rich more simply, as “a white male, 177 centimeters in height … wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Marshall Service.” In 1983, he was on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list indicted for tax evasion, fraud and racketeering. At the time, it was the biggest tax evasion case in U.S. history.

  35. 115 MightyPamela
    June 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Such triumph, such despair! All in one day ~ grateful to be living in interesting times with all o’ y’all! And with PBO steering the ship through the Ages! 🙂 Busy days for MP, trying to keep up virtually and in real life! 😆

    • 116 HZ
      June 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      ((((((((((((((((((( Lots of great energy coming to you, my dear MightyPamela.))))))))))))))))))))) Take good care of yourself and your space.HZ

  36. 117 Jovie
    June 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  37. 118 japa21
    June 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  38. 119 GGAIL
    June 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    LL, from one Californian to another…Right On!

  39. 121 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

  40. June 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Well done, as always, LL. We now have three mega-wedge issues for 2014 – #WarOnWomen #VotingRights #ClimageChange. We should not only ‘sweep GOP into the dust bin of history’ we should put a lid on it and bury it.

    Yes We Can

  41. 133 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Woooot!

  42. June 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

  43. 136 Linda
    June 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Ugh.

    Tom Browkow is in South Africa taking part in the death watch outside the hospital.

    I had to mute him

  44. June 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    • 146 nathkatun7
      June 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Great tweet, Tally! Also in many societies, in the “6000 years of recorded history” she claimed, marriage was quite often between one man and several women. Apparently, Michele Bachmann has not read the entire Bible as well as the entire history of the world.

  45. 148 desertflower
    June 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/06/the-supreme-court-helps-the-gop-revive-the-era-of-jim-crow/

    We need to federalize the election process so ALL states are the same and every single person that is entitled to vote, gets to vote! End this BS NOW!

    • 149 desertflower
      June 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Casting a ballot should be as easy as ordering a hamburger at a drive-thru window, and the steps to get there are no-brainers. We should enact universal voter registration: when citizens turn 18 or attain citizenship status, they should be automatically registered to vote. Early voting should be permanently expanded to a full month nationwide, culminating with the traditional first Tuesday of November. Each precinct should be provided with more than enough voting machines and poll workers to guarantee that no one has to wait in line to vote. And that’s it.

      But none of this conforms to the Republican electoral strategy. Republicans simply don’t want you to vote. There are countless examples of Republicans derping their true intentions in public beginning most-famously with Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, who said:

      “I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

      • 150 nathkatun7
        June 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

        You know, DF Bob Cesca makes a compelling point. For example, the government has no problem identifying who is a citizen and who is not when it comes to jury service. I’ve been called to serve on juries several times, not once was I ever asked for my birth certificate or for proof of citizenship. May be I am wrong, but I do not think that any one who is not a citizen has ever been summoned for jury duty. I think all a citizen need to do, when registering to vote, is to declare, under the penalty of perjury, that he/she is a citizen of the United States. Then it should be up to the government to prove that he/she is not a citizen. It should not be the other way around where a 90 years old poor woman, who has voted in elections, probably going as far back as Truman, has now to obtain proof that she is a citizen.

        We must not minimize the burden of these specialized ID requirements for voting; and especially on the poor and the elderly who may not possess driver’s licenses, and may not find the time and money to secure official birth certificates. By the way, is it not possible that a non-citizen can easily obtain a driver’s license or a gun license Id?

  46. June 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/26/2216721/thanks-to-the-supreme-court-wendy-davis-will-probably-lose-her-senate-seat/

    The article says that the redrawn map swaps out active Hispanic voters for low turn-out voters. So I guess there is some voter registration and turn-out work to be done.

  47. June 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Sharapova gets knocked out of Wimbledon

  48. 159 forus50
    June 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Hey LL, Thanks for your great post. I love this line and I have a nice broom and dustpan set to help sweep up some Illinois critters!
    “The GOP knows it’s heading for history’s dustbin. It’s time for us to sweep them into it.”

  49. 160 desertflower
    June 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Annie-Rose Strasser ‏@ARStrasser 1h
    Amazing: An immigration judge just halted deportation of a gay Colombian man because his marriage is now recognized http://thkpr.gs/19tWYeD
    Retweeted by sfpelosi

    🙂 🙂

  50. 161 desertflower
    June 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    sfpelosi ‏@sfpelosi 1h
    “We can’t have gay rights or any civil rights without #votingrights so we have to work together” – me to @carlnelsonshow #doma #vra #prop8
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    THIS

  51. 163 desertflower
    June 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Bob Cesca ‏@bobcesca_go 1m
    His Indiana Jones refrigerator. RT @TheMorningNews Snowden put his lawyers’ phones in the refrigerator b/c the walls can block radio signals
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    Pillows against the door. phones in the fridge…..paranoia setting in

  52. June 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    This guys is something else…….. 2009 web chat where Snowden said leakers should be ” Shot in the balls” re Wikileaks….

  53. 173 JER
    June 26, 2013 at 2:34 pm


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