HRC sharpening her blades for campaign

Hillary Rodham Clinton ventured into the belly of the Republican beast to, shall we say, beat the daylights out of Republicans for what she insists is a systematic effort to keep Americans from voting.

Good job, Senator/Mme. Secretary.

Dallas Morning News blogger Jim Mitchell called her speech at a historically black university an exercise in “cynicism.” He also thinks Clinton is correct when she ticks off the ways GOP politicians who now are running — or are about to run — for president of the United States seek to disenfranchise voters.

She wants to enact an automatic voting law that affects any U.S. citizen who turns 18. She wants to expand the early-voting window to 20 days before an election. She made both points during her talk at Texas Southern University. However, as Mitchell noted in his blog, neither plan has a chance in hell of being enacted — at least not in the near future.

I particularly liked how Clinton went after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a law that a federal judge said discriminated against minority voters and how the then-governor applauded when the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act.

Yes, her speech was aimed at African-American voters — which Mitchell cited as a symbol of her cynicism. What’s the problem? That’s part of her “base,” just as the TEA party constituents are a part of the GOP base. That’s what politicians do when they run for their party’s presidential nomination: they go for their respective bases.

Clinton also took aim at the bogus allegation of widespread voter fraud, which politicians in many states have contended is occurring. Sure, a tiny number of voters cast ballots illegally. Is it a widespread epidemic, as has been described by some observers? Not even close.

We’re heading for a raucous campaign. Ten GOP politicians have declared their intention to run for president, along with four Democrats. The number of Republicans is sure to grow, perhaps by at least double the number in the race at the moment; one or two more Democrats might emerge as well.

Let’s all hold on. We’re heading for a rough ride.



3 thoughts on “HRC sharpening her blades for campaign”

  1. It’s been a while since you whipped out the race card. Except it’s your own ignorance of the research that leads you to make statements like this: “Is it a widespread epidemic, as has been described by some observers? Not even close.”
    There’s actually good research into how many illegal voters register to vote: 14 percent (quite a lot in my opinion). Of course, as always I’ll cite my sources. It was conducted by the journal Electoral Studies, hasn’t been seriously challenged to my knowledge, and was written about in that far-right echo chamber that is the Washington Post.
    “Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008.”
    That’s 1.5 million of the 11 million illegal immigrants and 13.2 legal permanent residents illegally swaying our vote totals. That’s at least in the ballpark of a widespread epidemic and negates the left’s (you, Hillary and Chris Matthews) attempt to deny any legitimate reasoning other that disenfranchising legal voters — racism.
    Care to try again, John; this time with the facts?

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