Eleven dimensional chess and the voting rights act
The Supreme Court’s Republican Putsch Posse has struck down a key provision of the voting rights act which they allege violates some Constitutional provision although not a provision they can name. This came as no surprise to many of us after Bush v. Gore and Citizens United showed that the GOP majority’s only constant belief is that the Constitution should guarantee a firm Republican grip on power. Fortunately, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice will aggressively work to compensate. But it didn’t have to be this way. We could be facing the 2014 elections with decapitated DOJ helplessly standing by as Republican governed states systematically disenfranchise black and hispanic voters. That would be if we had taken the hysterical advice of the nearly unanimous caucus of “liberal” and “progressive” media pundits.
Obama Should Ask Holder to Resign
That was Michael Tomasky who lamented sadly that
So what’s he [the President] going to do now? I think we can predict. He’s going to stand by Eric Holder for now and let some interminable process play out. Just like he’s going to let some lengthy process play out at the IRS.
Wouldn’t that have been great - if that poor hapless dummy Obama had taken Mr. Tomasky’s advice? Voting Rights Act gone and Ted Cruz leading a filibuster against any replacement who was not named Greg Abbot. And then the often coherent Charles Pierce chimed in:
Eric Holder did this by himself. He should be gone. This moment. Not only is this constitutionally abhorrent, it is politically moronic.