DNC Chair’s Voter ID Comment Is Finalist for PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year”
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s claim that voter ID was
comparable to Jim Crow laws has been featured
as one of the top ten lies of 2011 by PolitiFact.
‘winning’ lie (which was said to CNN's Roland Martin in June):
You have the Republicans, who want
to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally -- and
very transparently -- block access to the polls to voters who are more likely
to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates.
“the inflammatory nature of the phrase, which all but calls the laws’
supporters racists.” PolitiFact points
out that voter ID has
a “feasible ‘out’ -- getting an ID card.”
“they would not return the United States to Jim Crow. Saying so offers more
heat than light.”
PolitiFact relied on input from Harvard Law School Professor
Michael J. Klarman, FairVote’s executive director Rob Richie, East Georgia
College historian Thomas Adams Upchurch, Yale Law School Professor Heather
Gerkin, and Loyola Law School professor Richard Hasen to rate Wasserman
Schultz’s comment false.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s character came into question this
year also for letting
the DNC use footage of House chamber for political ads in violation of House of
Representatives ethics rules.
Will Debbie Wasserman Schultz ‘win’ the title of ‘liar of
the year’? She stands a good chance, but
then again, President Obama is also a finalist on the top ten list... twice.