DNC Chair Should Retract Comments… Again
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
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
Sounds like another retraction from Debbie Wasserman Schultz
is in order.