It’s not who votes that counts, but rather who counts the votes.
Seldom has a political party adopted this philosophy with more relish than the modern GOP, in the cases of the vote suppressors that have sprung up in many states. Who votes (or not) is important. Very important.
New regulations designed to keep people from voting have fallen from the sky like so many dry leaves from a tree. Ostensibly, if you listen to the promoters of these schemes, to protect us from the tidal wave of voter fraud that has swept the nation. (There may be as many as two or three cases prosecuted every election cycle.) Obviously the life of the Republic hangs in the balance. God save us!
Restrictive voter ID requirements, reduced early voting periods, reduced polling places, and purged voter rolls, all combine to disenfranchise millions.
I have said on this site before that there is no larger or more fundamental issue that receives less attention than voter suppression. Any candidate for any office that is worth their salt should make this ‘crime’ a cornerstone of their campaign.
The history of the Obama Presidency has yet to be written and the final judgment yet to be made.
However Obama’s place in history as a campaigner is firmly in place and most would agree that as a campaigner he has few if any equals. Not only is he good at it, but from all appearances he seems to really enjoy it.
How is it then, that a Republican Senate with a tenuous hold on their majority could possibly believe that a full scale stonewall of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee could have any benefit to them politically? I guess that when your approval rating is somewhat south of Small Pox you have nothing to lose.
I can’t remember a president in my lifetime who has been handed the cover to be so partisan in such a presidential way — by campaigning for his right to appoint a Supreme Court justice, while at the same time making clear that the only way to avoid this impasse is to elect Democrats in general, and a Democrat in particular to the presidency.
No one is better suited to make that case than is President Obama.
For Obama and Democrats, at least in this instance, Republican obstruction may just be the gift that keeps on giving.