DNC Chair Should Retract Comments… Again

Published Thu, Nov 17 2011 12:47 PM


Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is back to her inflammatory rhetoric about voter ID. Here’s what she said Wednesday on the House Floor:

State legislatures are attempting to impose voting restrictions that are the modern day equivalent of poll taxes and literacy tests… We cannot allow state legislatures to drag our nation backward in what is nothing more than a political quest to protect their governing majority's interests.

Sound familiar?  Well, previously, Wasserman Schultz said:

[N]ow 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 Democratic candidates than Republican candidates. And it's nothing short of that blatant.

The DNC Chair ultimately retracted those incendiary comments.  Yet, this week, we find her back to the same old rhetoric.

What is strangely absent from the DNC’s party line rhetoric is that never mentioned are the Democrats who actually support voter ID.  There’s President Jimmy Carter, who supported voter ID as part of the Bipartisan Commission on Election Reform.  There’s the majority of the Democrat Rhode Island legislature who approved the voter ID bill thanks to the efforts of Harold Metts in the state Senate and Speaker Gordon D. Fox and Rep. Jon Brien in the House.    Secretary of State Ralph A. Mollis, also a Democrat, was the first to suggest that a voter ID bill be passed in Rhode Island.

After the RNLA issued a letter responding to requests from Democrats to investigate voter ID laws, The Weekly Standard pointed out the irony in all this:  why would Democrats want to investigate Democrats?  Democrat support for voter ID does not make any sense if voter ID is really about suppressing Democrat voters.

Sounds like another retraction from Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in order.


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