Jeffrey Toobin gives us "Holder's Legacy". In it Mr Tobin attacks South Carolina's new law requiring a Government ID at the polling place in order to vote. South Carolina is one of a number of states which require "Pre-clearance" to change voting rules. We all know the reason—South Carolina is part of the Old South and they will never prove they have overcome their past, even though SC has a real minority governor, more of a minority than Massachusetts. Or are People whose ancestors are from the sub-continent not really minorities?
Mr Toobin ends up with this ringing endorsement of the Attorney General:
This is a chance for Holder to define his legacy as Attorney General—as something more than the guy who tried, and failed, to have Guantánamo Bay detainees tried in federal court in New York. There is a purity, a simplicity, about the voting-rights fight that is sadly absent from many modern civil-rights battles. This is not about special privileges, or quotas, or even complex mathematical formulae. It’s about a basic right of American citizenship, which is being taken from large numbers of people for the most cynical of reasons. The laws are, quite literally, indefensible—so Holder ought to make the states that have them try to defend them. That would be a legacy that would make any Attorney General, and any American, proud.What Mr Toobin fails to mention is that at the recent General Holder speech in Texas, those attending had to show an ID to get into the building. We have to show an ID to hear the AG talk? From the Instapundit:
Reader Marian Booker writes: “A group of people organized by True The Vote in Houston went to Austin to shine light on the need for photo ID in voting, on the day of Eric Holder’s speech. One speaker noted the irony of declaring photo ID to be too onerous a burden in the voting booth, but that photo ID was required to get into the building where Eric Holder was speaking against requiring photo ID. I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue!”Sure, many tell us voter fraud is not a problem, yet people still go to jail for it, and we aren't even talking Chicago.
As Hot Air notes, even Unions require an ID to vote, at least the Machinists do.
Regards — Cliff