In an earlier appearance on Meet The Press, Rand Paul asserted that black voters feel the Democratic Party is taking them for granted. Does Rand Paul feel that this greater accessibility is an adequate substitute for the systematic destruction of the VRA? It sure sounded that way.
In order to discuss this matter, Howard Dean and Kay Bailey Hutchison stopped by Weekends with Alex Witt.
"The integrity of the voting process in this country is very important,"
says former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. KBH ignores the five year long study conducted under the Bush Administration that proved the rarity of voter fraud. Howard Dean explained the real issue: the voter suppression that's keeping hundreds of thousands of voters from exercising their 15th Amendment rights.
Alex Witt told KBH that Justice Ginsburg, in her dissent of the Texas voter ID decision, claimed potentially 600,000 people might be impacted by the new Texas law. Hutchison claimed that Ruth Bader Ginsburg pulled that figure "out of the air," and YES, it was worth 600,000 potential lost voting-opportunities to enforce this harsh ID law. She stresses how it's so important to keep people from voting twice or voting fraudulently. Regardless of the facts, her delusions of fraud supersede actual statistics, which is par for the course in GOP. KBH speaks fondly of the wonderful early voting opportunities that exist, except that it has nothing to do with voter ID.
Dean explained how voter suppression was designed to minimize Democratic participation in states where Republicans are in jeopardy of losing. Remember the Pennsylvania Republican who bragged that it would get Romney elected? The Goo Goo Government is not what the GOP wants, as Paul Weyrich so accurately foretold.
The former head of the DNC explained how no efforts to court the African-American voter will ever make up for the way Republicans have disrespected President Obama, despite Paul's assertions. Governor Dean presented verifiable facts while Hutchison perpetuated the GOP's talking points. But of course, both sides are to blame, just ask Chuck Todd.