In his own words

“I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”

Here’s the lede for the story at Think Progress:

WASHINGTON, DC — There were audible gasps in the Supreme Court’s lawyers’ lounge, where audio of the oral argument is pumped in for members of the Supreme Court bar, when Justice Antonin Scalia offered his assessment of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. He called it a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

Think Progress also has the full transcript so you can read it in context. It’s not less shocking.

I hope that the Koch Brothers hires Bain to do the audit

From The Atlantic:

“Like American Crossroads and the Republican National Committee, the Koch brothers are trying to figure out why they couldn’t beat President Obama — and several Democratic Senate candidates in red states. The Kochs have delayed their twice-a-year meetings with big conservative donors until they’ve finished their audit, Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel reports. The results of the audit will be presented at an April seminar, Vogel writes, adding, “Early indications suggest that they’ll continue playing in politics but will tweak their approach to reflect 2012 lessons.”

OK, snark aside, this is alarming. It is like the rise of the machines to me. It is easy to say that the 2012 Goat Rodeo was a clusterf*** led by The Stench all the way down the ticket, but it is not exactly true: the GOP still holds a majority in Congress (if only because of gerrymandering) which they will continue to hold as long as they can keep the districts twisted and turned into their favor.

The larger issue here is the terrible Citizens United SCOTUS ruling. As long as that remains in place, we will have corporate rule, and corporations being both immortal and above the law, they will see no problem in funding their candidates, even if they loose. It is the cost of doing business.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court decision in a case called Citizens United vs. FEC:

  • Corporations are not persons with constitutional rights equal to real people.
  • Corporations are subject to regulation by the people.
  • Corporations may not make campaign contributions or any election expenditures.
  • Congress and states have the power to regulate campaign finances.

I suggest everyone go to Bernie Sanders site, sign the petition and hope that the Dim-o-Crats develop a spine (hahahaha, I kid, we’re f***ed. But at least go down with a fight.)

Tell us something we didn’t know

A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.

Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.

OK, round up the usual suspects, and play it again Sam…

The thing of it is, the US Supreme Court is allegedly going to be looking at The Voting Rights Act of 1965 this year, and specifically about striking down the restrictions on those states, counties, and numincipalities who are precluded from enacting their own laws without supervision due to their bad citizenship in days gone by. The supposed arguement is that “That was then, this is now” and no one does those voter supression, Jim Crow laws anymore… and yet, they clearly do.

(Palm Beach Post)

GOP Voter Registration Fraud

(TPM)

I was going to write about the Aryan Warrior-looking/young Hannibal Lechter-looking/serial killer-looking dude who might have committed a federal crime in Virginia by throwing out voter registration cards (he was employed indirectly by the GOP to gather voter registration, which I guess means throw ‘em out in Wingnuttian?).

Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars beat me to it and did a better job than I would have, so go read her story, or the one at Talking Points Memo, which is also excellent.

I’m sure it was an innocent mistake

…because eight and six even sound alike in Messikano:

ABC News

Arizona election officials in Maricopa County admit they flubbed the date on an official government document that was printed in Spanish.

The document, which was attached to updated voter registration cards that were requested in person, lists the general election date as Nov. 8 in Spanish. An English translation on the document lists the correct date, Nov. 6.

Anger Troll Jan Brewer’s terrible sand kingdom of Arizonastan has a strange problem with bi-lingual documents.

(The Note)

Mean Judge Ruins GOP Election Fun-Time in Santorumland

Pennsylvania’s divisive voter identification requirement became the latest of its kind to get pushback from the courts ahead of Election Day, delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy to defeat President Barack Obama and other opponents who said it would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting.

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said in his ruling that he was concerned by the state’s stumbling efforts to create a photo ID that is easily accessible to voters and that he could not rely on the assurances of government officials at this late date that every voter would be able to get a valid ID.

Expect to see Frothy, Penelope, Judd, Splot and all the little Santorums–maybe even the jarred one–weeping the tears of angels.

Wingnuts turn a bleary eye to Diebold.

(MSNBC)

Of course voter fraud exists…

…the GOP practically invented it:

The North Carolina Republican Party has fired the shady voter registration firm owned by Mitt Romney’s paid political consultant and longtime GOP operative, Nathan Sproul. The firing came as Democrats in the state were on the brink of denouncing the Republicans’ tie to the operative’s firm.

…and that has lead to this shocking development:

BREAKING UPDATE: Just after publishing, word comes that the RNC has also now reportedly “cut ties” with Strategic Allied Consulting, as evidence of fraudulent registrations emerge in four counties in FL, including “dead people being registered as new voters” by the GOP firm.

…which leads us to this shocking conclusion:

But one note to Isikoff who repeatedly refers to “voter fraud” in his article: There is no known “voter fraud” related to this scandal. This is a form of election fraud known as “voter registration fraud”. There are no actual voters involved in this scandal. The voters have been, and are, doing just fine. Please leave them alone. Inappropriate attacks on voters are best left to members of the Republican Party. Thanks.

…which has to be the finest conclusion to an article ever.

(Alternet)