What if voters were asked to prove their identity — and they did?
What if they held a spring primary election Tuesday? What if voters were asked for official identification to prove they were who they said they were? What if the sky didn’t fall?
Brother wizard Charlie Sykes asks: “Can we finally put the Voter ID myths to bed? Tuesday night’s statewide Supreme Court turnout surged 55% over 2013 — a race that did not feature a Voter ID requirement.”
Struggling young writer Christian Schneider observes: “Turnout nearly doubled in the City of Milwaukee, where 60% of Wisconsin’s African-American residents live.”
In Dane County, 72,625 voted Tuesday in a race that featured no mayoral races, no county exec, and few contested county board seats. That’s roughly double any of the spring primaries in previous years: 29,655 in the 2015 spring primary, 2,797 (yes!) in the 2014 primary, 39,256 in 2013, and 38,323 in 2012.
Somehow, Wisconsin survived the race baiting, the vast ALEC and Koch Bros. conspiracy theories, and unremitting lawsuits to ensure the sanctity of the ballot box. In the interests of accountability, let’s round up the usual suspects:
• “The entire voter ID crusade, spearheaded by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, has had everything to do with suppressing votes among likely Democratic constituencies.” — “Voter ID worst of shameful GOP deeds” — Dave Zweifel in The Corporation that Speaks in the Progressive Voice, Feb. 5, 2016.
• “The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin said the state’s new process for issuing photo IDs for voters is designed to “cause confusion and discourage people from voting.” — Sept. 11, 2014.
• “With Scott Walker leading the charge, Wisconsin Republicans have systematically sought to make voting more difficult and manipulate state law to give themselves a partisan political advantage. These measures include implementing one of the harshest voter ID laws in the nation.” — One Scot Ross’ dark money attack group, May 12, 2013
• “Wisconsin’s voter ID law has nothing to do with stopping the fictitious threat of voter fraud and everything to do with making it harder for more eligible voters to register and vote.” — U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, Feb. 10, 2015.
• “Yeah, it’s a really ugly thing, Juan. … the Governor has signed, the most draconian voter ID law in the country — makes it much harder to vote. … with the purpose of discouraging low-income folks, elderly folks, others who don’t — aren’t as likely to have an ID, from going to the polls. It’s a bad law.” — John Nichols on Democracy Now, May 27, 2011.
Who would want Obama’s nomination at this point?
Yeah, okay, Mr. President. I’m game to have my name run up the flagpole for a job I’m never going to get.
Funny: “Obama compiles shortlist of gay, transsexual abortion doctors to replace Scalia.” — The Onion, Feb. 15, 2016.
Even funnier, The Capital Times on Feb. 17, 2016: “Ron Johnson and GOP candidates assault the Constitution.”
Hilarious: The Capital Times on Jan. 9, 2006 offered cover for the Democrats who attempted to filibuster Samuel Alito’s nomination. Those Democrats included Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, John Kerry, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, and Chuck Schumer — 25 Democrats in all. The CT went so far as to say that the entire confirmation process is worthless:
When the Senate Judiciary Committee begins questioning Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito this week, Americans will again be reminded of the limitations of the confirmation process for presidential picks to serve on the federal bench.
Alito will lie to the committee, intentionally and repeatedly. In keeping with the standard set by all recent high court nominees, he will treat the process — and, by extension, the American people who this process is intended to serve — with utter and complete disrespect. …
The Washington Post on Nov. 5, 2005: “Senators praise nominee’s candor; Alito shows willingness to discuss controversial issues facing Supreme Court.”
“Democrats are fond of pointing out that Justice Anthony Kennedy was approved in a presidential election year, but fail to mention Kennedy was only nominated after Democrats put the eminently qualified Judge Robert Bork through a wood chipper for four months. — Christian Schneider in the Milwaukee J-S.
Historically, only 124 of the 160 nominations made by presidents have been approved by the Senate. Of the 36 who didn’t make it, 25 never received any confirmation vote at all.
The Paul Ryan scenario, Part 36 — “Campaigns secretly prep for brokered GOP convention — Politico, Feb. 16, 2016.
Election results from Brookfield are expected in any day now.
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