Apr 6, 201602:04 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Republican voter suppression fails; polls are swamped
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Tuesday, April 5, was a bad day in Wisconsin for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (although he did get six of the 42 delegates). It was even worse for the partisan Cassandras peddling the scare story that the voter ID law enacted by the Republican legislature and governor, in force for the first time, suppressed voting.
If those mean old Republicans are trying to keep grandma from the voting booth, they failed miserably. Wisconsin’s turnout rate was the most for any Wisconsin Primary since 1972.
If the conservative forces of darkness were setting snare traps for the young, black, differently abled, and genitally conflicted, how was it that Wisconsin’s turnout “easily bested that of any state that has voted this year except for New Hampshire”? So reports Craig Gilbert at the Milwaukee news stand. (1972 was the first presidential election in which 18-year-olds could vote.)
If voters somehow dodged the alligator-infested moats surrounding Wisconsin polling places, how did a near-record 49% of all eligible voting-age citizens vote in this spring primary?
Days before the primary, former abortion industry lobbyist Chris Taylor obsessed “Why is the GOP obsessed with Making it Harder to Vote?” The lady now serves in the state Assembly from Madison’s isthmus. To be charitable, Rep. Taylor wrote this before 66.9% of all registered voters in Dane County cast ballots; 234,681 citizens voted.
Four days before the voting, The Nation magazine (where the sky is always falling) warned (or hoped?) that “Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law Could Block 300,000 Registered Voters From the Polls.” Yet 2.1 million voters squeaked through the gauntlet of Republican halberds and maces.
“Voter suppression is alive and well in Wisconsin,” reads the latest conspiracy mongered by one Bill Berry of Stevens Point, as printed by the Corporation that Speaks in the Progressive Voice. The day after voters busted wide open the most optimistic predictions of the state’s election clerks.
Bad timing would be the charitable explanation but one suspects the thought was subservient to the partisan wish. The white lab coats here at the Policy Werkes reach this conclusion because the Left’s agit-propaganda verged on dirty tricks intended, perversely, to suppress voting to prove their own partisan point.