Even before President Obama’s most recent plunge in the polls, administration officials and Democrats must have been nervous about the results of their own polling.
Although the media is always telling us that today’s problems are not caused by Obama policies, we’re not buying it – at least that’s what the polls are saying. The high cost of gas is one example. For everything Obama says about the high prices, Americans realize that his excuses are pathetic and are in no mood to let him escape from them. Even the administration’s detour into women’s contraceptives hasn’t helped him. Today the Washington Post reports that his standing among women has declined 12%. Evidently American women don’t think the Republicans want to curb their contraceptives or that the government or insurance companies should fund sexual behavior.
These lame strategies show up in the polls, but it’s the attack on voter ID laws that is a better indicator of the state of the Obama candidacy. They must be scared because suddenly opposition to voter ID laws is being pushed. First it was South Carolina that AG Eric Holder addressed; yesterday Eric Holder’s Justice Department blocked Texas from “enforcing a law requiring voters to present photo identification, contending that the rule would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible Hispanic voters,” according to the New York Times.
Reasonable people understand that in today’s world a photo ID is required for many trivial things. Memphians must present one to buy dry ice. Surely, a vote is more important than that, so why can’t states demand ID? Last night Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott appeared on Greta Van Susteran’s “On the Record” to answer questions about their law. He disputed that getting one would necessitate any cost to the voter and even explained that someone without one would be able to cast a provisional ballot and then attain a photo ID the next day. What more could they do?
As far as suppressing votes, Georgia passed a voter ID law years ago. In the first election that required an ID, Georgia saw a rise in the number of people who voted. Meanwhile, Mississippi without an ID law saw the number fall. So that argument is bogus, too, if you care about facts.
So why the kerfuffle? The answer is pretty frightening. A lot of elections have been won by fraud. Democrats today know they cannot win with their out of mainstream candidates and issues, so long ago they figured they’d have to rig as many elections as they could for victory.
They don’t like the restraints on this that photo IDs bring. Watch for more arguments and attacks by the DOJ.
Remember as you hear them, that the DOJ didn’t think anything was wrong with Black Panthers intimidating voters in Philadelphia in November 2008. This may be their next, drastic solution.