Charles Krauthammer insists there's nothing at all wrong with voter ID laws.
Earlier in the week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the government is challenging the new Texas voter identification legislation -- passed in the wake of the Supreme Court's gutting of the 1965 Voting Rights Act -- in court.
On Fox News, Charles Krauthammer predictably argued that there was nothing wrong at all with voter ID laws.
Well, just because something is a right doesn't mean that it can't in some way be restricted. In fact, the right to vote is restricted. You have to be of a certain age, you have to be of a certain residence. In some states, if you're a felon you can't...It seems utterly logical that you would have to ask for a simple demonstration that you are of age, that you live where you live, you aren’t a felon, and in fact that you haven’t voted an hour and a half before.
Funny how right-wingers are always talking about how voting rights can be restricted, but not 2nd Amendment rights.
Anyway, Krauthammer is exactly correct on one point.
If your entire political strategy consists of winning the white vote, and the white vote is decreasing every year, it is much easier to legally suppress the minority vote than to broaden your party's appeal.
Fox regular Nina Easton called the claim that voter ID laws are discriminatory a "liberal ruse" to "gin up" the black and Latino vote following Eric Holder's announcement that he plans to fight Texas on their recent voting rights restrictions. Read more...
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Monday suggested that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was "inciting racism" in a effort to get more minorities to vote for President Barack Obama.
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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Thursday said that if Congress decides to patch the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court recent declared parts of it unconstitutional then there would be "no logical reason ballots should be in anything other than English."
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday warned fellow Republicans that voting restrictions designed to reduce the turnout of minorities, young people and seniors were "going to backfire" on the party.