Holder May Invade Texas? Hey, Man, Tell Us which Bridges To Blow Up.

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Yesterday when he told the Urban League he was going after Texas on voting rights, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder quoted a federal court decision last year in which the court said Hispanic plaintiffs in Texas had "provided more evidence of discriminatory intent than we have space, or need, to address here."

See, that's the thing. If Democrats in Texas just lie down, if they give up on voting rights because of last month's Republican U.S. Supreme Court decision knocking several teeth out of the mouth of the Voting Rights Act, then we're moments away from an all-white, all-Tea Party electorate in Texas.

Answer me this: How long after the high court ruling did it take Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to gleefully declare the Texas Aryan Nations Photo I.D. law fully operational? About 30 seconds.

The path from here to 24/7 Tea Party Texas is not a slippery slope. It's a buffalo jump. Take a long hard look at Ted "Strangelove" Cruz, the hottest political property in the Lone Star GOP right now. He's our future, man, if Democrats can't get to the polls.

That's the urgency. In Texas right now, Democrats are so close and yet so far from being able to turn the sky from red to blue. It's a moment made more poignant by the recent Wendy Davis drama in the state Senate, which showed the world that Texas doesn't have to be this way. Hopefully it's what Holder and other national Democratic leaders see here.

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Is this a photo of Ted Cruz? No? It's McCarthy again? Damn! Why does that keep happening?
In a prescient piece last May, The Texas Tribune said dreaming of a blue Texas is all about Harris County:

For Texas to ever become competitive for them, Democrats will need to lock down Harris County. Home to 4.2 million Texans, almost 70 percent of whom are non-white, Houston is the present and future face of Texas. Former state demographer Steve Murdock has estimated that by 2040, Harris County will have 516,000 fewer Anglos than in 2000 while the number of Latinos will surge by 2.5 million. As Houston goes, so goes Texas.

The Texas GOP sees the same thing, of course. That's why its leaders are so determined to keep Hispanics away from the polls, and yesterday's announcement by Holder immediately became their rallying cry. Within moments of Holder's speech, Abbott was all over the air waves waving the bloody shirt. The Texas Tribune's take was that Holder had just handed Abbott a political bonanza. Yeah, whatever.

Abbott's hip-shot reaction illustrates what the real game is here. The Texas Republican strategy from here on out will be based on two tenets: 1) dive right, and 2) dive white.

If we keep our eyes on those numbers from the state demographer quoted above, we can see that the right-white game plan has a half life. Eventually it is subsumed by the demographics, if the demographics can be turned into show-ups at the polls.

And that's where Holder comes in. We need his help and the help of anybody else who has a good idea. Please, Mr. Attorney General, invade us now! Tell us what bridges you need us to blow up. Lots of Texans are on your side. Vive la Resistance!


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baker24
baker24

Issue everyone a tamper-proof national photo ID card, and be done with it. Solves the photo ID for voting, makes it far harder to steal identities, makes it far harder for illegal aliens/immigrants to get jobs, reducing the incentives for them to come to the US in the first place. Oh, and it will make the libertarians spit blood.....

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

The comments here clearly illustrate the two-party system's favored tactic: divide and subjugate.  Find an issue that can be turned into a highly polarizing political plank.  Let the electorate claw at each other, encourage the idiots in the press to flog the issue into the minds of as many people as possible.  While the people are busy hurling insults at each other and the press basks in the warm glow of discontent it has fomented, continue crushing freedom and civil liberties at will.  THE PEOPLE ARE TOO STUPID TO CATCH ON.

There is no democrat/republican opposition at the highest levels people.  It is a fucking game to them, and they do everything in their power to keep out any other players.  Independent parties, third, fourth, fifth, etc are what is needed to adequately represent the citizens of this country.  Voter ID laws, and opposition to them are not going to affect ANY election, period.  There is no evidence that registering more and more people to vote is going to get more and more people to the polls.  There is also no evidence that requiring ID is going to stop any significant fraud, because there isn't any significant fraud going on.  The whole issue is a red herring to keep the citizens from looking at or asking for details on the rest of the crap the government is up to.

Congratulations DO and DO readers, you played your roles well.  President Obama and Speaker Boehner are probably having a good laugh about it.

Ricky Bobbie
Ricky Bobbie

And SCOTUS recently gutting the VRA had nothing to do with race?

Ricky Bobbie
Ricky Bobbie

Funny how people who oppose registering bazookas have no problem demanding 88 yr old black women furnish fed ID before they can vote.

rrrosco
rrrosco

There is NO empirical evidence of voter fraud for this thinly veiled attempt at voter suppression to address.  Anyone spewing "voter integrity' is a liar, a fool, or both.  The minority republican party simply doesn't have enough angry, racist, white people to win a fair election.  That's why they must use gerrymandering,  voter suppression, and media misinformation as their primary campaign tools.  The fact that one party would actively try to prevent American citizens from voting is disgusting.  By design, Texas has the lowest amount of civic involvement in the country.  This is what the republicans and tea baggers want. Their message of self-interest and hate only resonates with the true "takers"  in our society who are determined to send us back to the 50's before there ever was that pesky Voting Rights Act.  The 1% despise the people's right to vote.  The vote is the only power American citizens have left to combat the likes of A.L.E.C. and the Kochs.      

Tim Smathers
Tim Smathers

IDs cost money in Texas, therefore it is a poll tax. Shut ins must use mail in ballots, so ID checks are impossible. How do people who can't leave their homes or care facilities get an ID?

Anonamouse
Anonamouse

Hmmm...show your ID to buy cigarettes. Show your ID to buy booze. Show your ID to get a loan. Show your ID to get into an airport. Show your ID to buy a gun. Show your ID to cash a check at your bank. Show your ID to get into a strip club. Show your ID to get married.

Probably dozens if not hundreds of times it needs to be shown that I'm forgetting.

Show your ID to vote for people who can grant, alter, or take away any or all of the above mentioned activities, however....

Nah, go right ahead.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

little old lady got mutilated late last night . . . 

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

 "if the demographics can be turned into show-ups at the polls"   Good Luck

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

I keep trying to get my mind around the new Republican 1984-speak.

People who call Republicans racists = race-baiters

People who call Republicans bigots=haters

People who call John Dillinger a bank robber = money grubbers

People who call Jeffery Dahmer a cannibal = gluttons


pak152
pak152

so how long should Abbott have waited????

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

and the republicans should call their bluff. they should have "free diapers and baby formula day", but...you have to show your identification to get it.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

it IS being able to get away with fraud. that's the only reason they get so bent out of shape about it.

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

A question that they still have difficulty answering. I think its REALLY about being able to get away with fraud, which is hindered by voter ID laws. Notice how the argument used to be "not everyone has a drivers license" (which was never the argument) and "some people don't have transportation to go get an ID", which I like to counter with the suggestion that you get in your own car, bring them, help them, empower them.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

  the Texas Aryan Nations Photo I.D. law

Fuck you, Jim.

Given the level of this piece, that's the only appropriate response.

animas
animas

I don't know about Holder, but I am definitely on Wendy Davis' side.( BTW- I can't wait for JIm's analysis of the fun and games in Perry's "Enterprise" Fund which she wanted to audit last spring-chuckle).  It seems that the most obnoxious Perry legacy is Perry's refinement of the Republican War on Women.

rrrosco
rrrosco

@holmantxWow, a baseless article by Steven Malanga, a paid hack for a conservative think tank based in New York City.  What a revelation.  BTW: racists calling others race-baiters is a tired tactic..

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Anonamouse 

People do try to do those things under fake identities, which is why we needed the identification laws.

There has been NO problem with voter fraud.  This initiative is a solution to a problem that doesn't actually exist.

Calling for the government to solve a problem that doesn't exist is not just anti-conservative - it's hyper-liberal.

rrrosco
rrrosco

@Anonamouse

 Q: What does a voter ID have to do with?:

=> Curtailing or removing early voting...

=> Reducing voting hours...

=> Eliminating Sunday voting...

=> Preventing voter registration drives...

=> Prohibiting counties from extending polling hours when overcrowded...

=> Repealing the requirement that candidates endorse ads run by their campaigns...

=>  Eliminating same-day voter registration...

A: Nothing, but these are all features tacked onto dozens of voter suppression laws being enacted  in every state legislature controlled by republicans.  This is obviously NOT about voter integrity. 

 

gregmarcydagama
gregmarcydagama

@pak152 Keep obfuscating; it won't help your cause, but, it might make you feel better. By the way, you could get off your ass and try to help other people vote which is our common right as citizens. Reactionaryism will only get you so far down the trail. 

gregmarcydagama
gregmarcydagama

@pak152Can you ever respond to specific points without obfuscation?  Now, tell us, why do modern day conservatives want to do this; come on. You can do it.


 Q: What does a voter ID have to do with?:

=> Curtailing or removing early voting...

=> Reducing voting hours...

=> Eliminating Sunday voting...

=> Preventing voter registration drives...

=> Prohibiting counties from extending polling hours when overcrowded...

=> Repealing the requirement that candidates endorse ads run by their campaigns...

=>  Eliminating same-day voter registration...

A: Nothing, but these are all features tacked onto dozens of voter suppression laws being enacted  in every state legislature controlled by republ

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@JimSX Nope. More like:

People who call Republicans racists =Democrats

People who call Republicans bigots= Democrats

People who call John Dillinger a bank robber = Racists promoting whitey's history

 People who call Jeffery Dahmer a cannibal = Republicans

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@JimSX  

doubleplusgood, Jim


Oceana has always been at peace with Eurasia.


Oceana has always been at war with Eastasia.

pak152
pak152

@animas so you prefer the war on women that Filner/Weiner/Clinton/etal practice??

rrrosco
rrrosco

@bvckvs @Anonamouse Conservatives are the reason the Voting Rights Act  was necessary in the first place.  They are masters of voter suppression tactics.  Liberals have nothing to do with this attempt to keep Americans from voting.  Republicans are just being themselves when they re-brand Roger Aile's southern strategy and try to implement Jim Crow 2.0.

pak152
pak152

@gregmarcydagama @pak152 and progressivism has helped people? if someone wants to vote they will find a way to get the id and get to the polls.

pak152
pak152

"A finds that more than 1.8 million dead people are currently registered to vote. And 24 million registrations are either invalid or inaccurate.

There's little evidence that this has led to widespread voter fraud, but it has raised concerns that the system is vulnerable."

http://www.npr.org/2012/02/14/146827471/study-1-8-million-dead-people-still-registered-to-vote
of course liberal/progressives aren't really concerned about accuracy in registering people they just want to flood the registrars office with thousands of registrations that take time to check and verify. this is one reason why same day registration has so many problems including having non-citizens registering and voting.

pak152
pak152

if presenting photo identification is so onerous then why are photo ids required to be presented wherever an administration official speaks?
"One last bit of irony — if not hypocrisy — was experienced as people lined up to enter the LBJ Library to hear AG Holder rail against voter ID laws. As each person entered the library they were required to present their photo IDs in order to be allowed in to hear the speech."
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/12/a-report-from-the-lbj-library.php

pak152
pak152

@gregmarcydagama@pak152 obfuscation might big word. here. can you point to specifics in Texas law where this already occurs? as for eliminating same-day voter registration that has been shown to be a big producer of voter fraud as groups are bused in, registered and vote in precincts where the election will close. where have voter registration drives been prohibited? Why should candidates have to approve ads? If I buy an ad supporting a candidate or against a candidate why must it be approved by someone? why should my freedom of speech be restricted? that is what Citizens united was all about.
as for voter id we are virtually the only country in the world that does not require a voter id. even Saint Jimmy Carter said we should have one and he is certainly no conservative.
as for voter fraud (something that doesn't bother liberal/progressives since they are the main practitioners)
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/10/how-rare-is-voter-fraud.php?

rrrosco
rrrosco

@gregmarcydagama@pak152

As for obfuscation, my points have been quite concise and all point to the obvious fact that every single voter integrity law passed by the Koch Heads are intended to keep people from voting and nothing else.  Republicans love to give laws a name that is completely the opposite of the law's intended effect.  

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Sotiredofitall @holmantx 

I was right in the middle of your Warren Zevon cranked to the max, when the hall monitors nearly blew my woofer out as they 86'd the link.

Made me want to go on a three-state killin' spree . . . 

If I only had reliable transportation.


mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@pak152

"so you prefer the war on women that Filner/Weiner/Clinton/etal practice??"

could you explain how these individuals actions, which consisted of being horny men who lacked self control and good judgement by letting their gonads dominate their brain, equate to a "war on women"?

animas
animas

Aww, you're just jealous that Jody (rape kit expert) Laubenberg didn't send you a valentine this year!

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@rrrosco@everlastingphelpsYou're a fucking moron.  Both parties voted for it, but it was OPPOSED by southern DEMOCRATS:

Senate: 77–19[16]

  • Democrats: 47–16 (75%-25%)
  • Republicans: 30–2 (94%-6%)

House: 333–85[17]

  • Democrats: 221–61 (78%-22%)
  • Republicans: 112–24 (82%-18%)

Those are the votes.  Democrats, 75-85% for.  Republicans 94-82% for.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@rrrosco I don't think you read bucky's comment correctly, or you responded to the wrong comment.  He's supporting  your position on the topic.

rrrosco
rrrosco

@everlastingphelps@rrrosco

You are obviously confused.  The Voting rights Act was written and passed by Democrats because southern conservatives had taken voter suppression to an art form.  The very same  conservatives then bolted to the republican party and became the racist heart of the party that we see today.  You might want to grab a history book, just make sure it hasn't been edited by the Texas board of education.  

gregmarcydagama
gregmarcydagama

@everlastingphelps @rrrosco Can you ever respond to specific points without obfuscation?  Now, tell us, why do modern day conservatives want to do this; come on. You can do it.

 Q: What does a voter ID have to do with?:

=> Curtailing or removing early voting...

=> Reducing voting hours...

=> Eliminating Sunday voting...

=> Preventing voter registration drives...

=> Prohibiting counties from extending polling hours when overcrowded...

=> Repealing the requirement that candidates endorse ads run by their campaigns...

=>  Eliminating same-day voter registration...

A: Nothing, but these are all features tacked onto dozens of voter suppression laws being enacted  in every state legislature controlled by republicans.  This is obviously NOT about voter integrity

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@rrrosco And by "conservatives", I presume you mean Democrats, since they were the ones in power in the south when the VRA was passed.

rrrosco
rrrosco

@pak152 Again, flawed logic.  There is no voter fraud.  Dead people can't vote.  But republicans do  love to use dead people to trim the voter roles before elections.  Wanna see how?  Say you wanna cut the number of Latinos voting in the county?

1)  Find one dead guy in the county with a Latino last name like Ramirez .

2) Suspend the registration of every person in the county with a last name of Ramirez and require that they present additional proof of their existence in person at the registrar's office.  Note:  Put a hard to keep 30 day deadline on this transaction and you'll keep even more people from voting.   

That's why Rick Perry tried to scrub 300,000 voters from the rolls before the last election.  That's why Rick Scott in Florida tried to scrub 80,000 Latino voters by using clerical errors regarding citizenship before the last election as well.

 It's called VOTER CAGING.  It's just another product of A.L.E.C. and the Koch's.  You too can join this effort to deny Americans the right to vote by joining their voter suppression group called "true the vote."   They will teach you all kinds of ways to rig an election.  Hope I haven't helped too much...

 

gregmarcydagama
gregmarcydagama

@rrrosco I was referring to @pak152's nonsense. You are quite right in all your analyses. Keep up the good fight. The conservative good ole boy white southern mentality is doomed; let's help get 'em there sooner. ;) ~ / ~ OM

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