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Yes, the RNC Really DID Support Federal Oversight of State Elections

July 28th, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Up until recently, Tom Hofeller, the RNC staffer singled out in the Tatler piece, was giving speeches highlighting the importance of Section 5 to the GOP.  At a National Conference of State Legislatures meeting in 2011, for example, Hofeller shocked some in attendance by casting federal oversight of state elections in an extraordinarily positive light.  But that was merely one in a long series of private and public statements demonstrating that some inside the RNC treasured federal oversight of state elections.

In Chairman Reince Priebus’ defense, this behavior may have been occurring without his full knowledge and understanding.  He may have learned about it Friday morning when he began receiving calls from angry donors and committee members.

According to the unequivocal position announced last Friday, any RNC effort to reactivate federal oversight of state elections under the Voting Rights Act is dead and buried.

The decades-long flirtation between the RNC and the racial left that ended last Friday has been an unfortunate saga of politics over principle.

Attorney Mike Carvin would lose that Capitol Hill debate in 2006, because days later, the Republican House and Senate passed a 25-year extension of federal election oversight and a Republican president signed it.  As part of this unsavory alliance between the racialist left and the RNC in 2006, Republicans permitted not only the federal oversight to extend for a quarter century, but they also raised the hurdle for states to obtain federal approval of election-law changes like voter ID.

This heavier burden, passed with the cooperation of RNC consultants and lawyers, was the singular reason that Texas and South Carolina had their voter identification laws blocked by the Holder Justice Department.  Georgia and Florida also suffered under the RNC-endorsed standard when they had citizenship-verification procedures for voters blocked. (See Lee Stranahan’s excellent description of how the math works in “Holder Math: How the Obama DOJ and the Media Tricked South Carolina and Protected Voter Fraud” at Breitbart.com’s Big Government.)  It is also the reason Kinston, North Carolina, saw a move to non-partisan elections blocked in 2009.

I worked at the Justice Department for two of these objections, and the RNC-sought 2006 reauthorization gave the leftists inside the Voting Section the tools to block these election-integrity measures.

GOP junkies got hooked on federal oversight to game redistricting all around the nation, while at the same time voter-fraud deniers and the racial left used the same federal power to attack the integrity of American elections.

He who rides a redistricting tiger becomes afraid to dismount.  As the RNC clutched the tiger’s ears tightly and created safe racially gerrymandered districts using federal oversight, Section 5 was also used to destroy election integrity and aid the institutional left.  Until you see the abuse of power as it happens from inside the DOJ Voting Section as an employee, you simply cannot fathom how the federal power over the states is abused by DOJ bureaucrats.

Or, just ask Texas Governor Rick Perry or South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson about the abuse.

And abuse they did – to the tune of millions of dollars in sanctions against DOJ lawyers and even DOJ employees who have committed perjury in an effort to conceal these abusive ideological biases in the unit given the power to review state election laws.

Those who say that the Justice Department misinterpreted the law are wrong.  Language added in 2006 as part of this rotten pact was used to support objections to voter ID and citizenship verification.  Simply, the word “any” was added, and it forced states to prove the existence of a negative and prove an absence of any discriminatory effect.  The GOP wanted this amendment to help them racially gerrymander legislative seats by making it easier to herd blacks into racial enclaves and bleach out the surrounding area, thus creating white GOP districts. (Again, read Stranahan at Breitbart for a more thorough explanation.)

Of course this may have resulted in more Republican seats at first, but it has also racially divided the country and made politics more polarized.  It has also reduced the number of competitive House seats, shifting power to the powerful and snuffing the accountability in House elections the Founders wanted.  Most black seats are now protected using different Voting Rights Act provisions, but it’s hard for a junkie to put down the needle.

Fast forward to last Friday’s PJ Tatler exclusive.  The reaction was predictable and curious.

After the story hit last Friday, Republican donors and grassroots activists around the country went nuts.  Having the RNC seek the same goal as Eric Holder as it relates to election oversight is simply unacceptable in 2013.  The donor and grassroots fury should be a lesson to any House Republican looking to re-impose federal burdens on states.

It’s not 2006 anymore.  The once dominant GOP crowd that supported federal oversight in 2006 has dwindled. Today, Constitutionalists like Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) are in positions of power in the House.

Conservative new media also now pack a wallop in 2013, as we saw last Friday.  Any Republican who supports renewed federal oversight will quickly discover their donor base is fully informed of the effort.  Websites like Breitbart, PJ Media, and others obviously won’t flinch from taking on Republicans, naming names and making sure donors know which Republicans put partisanship over the Constitution.

If you seek the same aim as Eric Holder and want to resurrect federal oversight over states, be prepared for a rough time with your donors and most reliable grassroots supporters.  Information travels faster and wider these days than it did in 2006.  And for that, defenders of the Constitution can be thankful.

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"When this support ended is an unanswered question after the RNC on Friday unequivocally stated it opposes any fix to Section 4 that would place states such as Texas, South Carolina and Virginia back under a federal boot."

Having seen both the RNC and the Colorado Central Committee boldly lie their collective Equus africanus asinus off to the Republican base, I would modify Ronald Reagan's dictum. "Don't Trust, and verify to a fare-thee-well".

PJMedia, keep digging.

Subotai Bahadur
38 weeks ago
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So, this is all about an alliance of the powerful to make a deal with the devil so they could be assured of keeping their congressional seats as long as they wanted to keep them? And if that meant that they had to institutionalize turning a blind eye towards voter fraud that was just a small price to pay?

May these people rot in Hell. I would greatly appreciate a list of their names if anyone out there has one.
38 weeks ago
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Racially gerrymandered districts have long been a favorite of both parties, because it provides incumbent protection. If you look at some of the folks who have been in a long time, including some of the black politicians, you see folks who would never get elected in a truly contested election.
38 weeks ago
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It's time to repeal the "Motor Voter" act that provides the basis for this trash. Eliminate it and return to the Separate, SOVEREIGN States ALL responsibility for voter eligibility, registration, and ID requirements at the polling places, as intended in our Constitution.

Remember, the only reason the Arizona law was not upheld was the existence of this abomination of a law taking away Part of the State right to control elections.
38 weeks ago
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Amen, Amen, and...
AMEN, BROTHER!
The Clintons did everything they could to set up the country for the Islamists, and turn voting into who cheats the most. They are the criminals who keep on giving.
And when idiot Bush formed a committee to look into 9/11, he appointed the very idiots who caused the thing, in the first place, Garelick, and Sandy-boy, he sock smuggler.
Now we have voting by mail, and voting for over two weeks in advance. This is just BS.
My Sainted Mother was very angry about Motor Voter. She said it would destroy the Nation. She was mostly angry with Republicans, for being so darn stupid!
Smart girl, Mom.
35 weeks ago
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my buddy's step-sister makes $67 hourly on the laptop. She has been fired for 8 months but last month her check was $15936 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this site http://www.pick85.com
38 weeks ago
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So; When does "voter discrimination" only apply to blacks?
It looks evident to me that the actual discrimination is being applied to the white community BY THE BLACKS in power.
I offer several voting precincts that had ZERO VOTES FOR ROMNEY as evidence. I've seen no collective public disapproval of this phenomenon.
It's no secret that Holder wants to create more black constituencies, but, discrimination/voter suppression can, and does, occur to all races.
Transparency is absolutely necessary, and the more transparency the better.
38 weeks ago
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So, the evidence that the RNC is currently helping re-enable federal VRA control is that in 2006 an (already) former counsel of theirs argued the VRA was useful for the purpose of gerrymandering R seats?

I'm not sure why I expected more, but toss another failure of a scoop onto the fire here.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Unless you are just another RNC member/staffer just trying to distance the organization from this issue, you should read the article more carefully.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Furious. Defunding RNC may be more effective than defunding the ACA longterm.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
As time goes by, I become more convinced that the true divide is not between Democrats and Republicans, but between Big Government junkies and the rest of us.

When Christie came out in favor bloating the NSA and damning civil libertarians, he lost any chance of getting my vote. Well, unless we screw up and he's the nominee in 2016. Then, I might have to hold my nose and vote for him anyway.
38 weeks ago
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Actually, at that time I will vote Third party.
38 weeks ago
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I refuse to hold my nose to vote again. I just won't do it. If a democrat wins, so be it! Be continuing to vote for these people, we empower them to continue what they're doing, including thumbing their noses at us.
38 weeks ago
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We already have one-party rule, might as well make it official.
38 weeks ago
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"The decades-long flirtation between the RNC and the racial left that ended last Friday..."

1. Do you actually believe that it's ended because the RNC says it has ended????

2. The federal oversight (meddling) is wrong, I don't care who benefits.
38 weeks ago
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too many lawyer types. not enough accountants, secretaries, pipe fitters, you know, everyday honest folk running for high offices. maybe there should be a limit to the number of lawyer degrees allowed in congress. its bad enough they fill up the rest of the branches of gov., and obvious they no longer stress ethics in their curriculum in law school, if ever.

trying to get a good bill the country needs out of this bunch is like herding cats - not pretty, bloody and enough to make a preacher cuss.
38 weeks ago
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Perhaps we should just have a lottery for seats in Congress. We might get some decent representation once and awhile.
38 weeks ago
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The RNC supports a lot of things that concientiuos American conservatives can no longer tolerate. It has for years, but especially starting with the Bush clan. That is why I after 40 years said good bye. You need not be led by the nose by RINOs to support conservatives even if they choose the Republican venue to office! I am free, call myself an independent and support conservatives, direct only. I vote for the candidate that makes the most sense and is most likely to be electable and therefore of service to my causes! I have not yet been led to support a Democrat for any office but if Lyndsey Gramnesty is the GOP Senatorial candidate this time that may change!
38 weeks ago
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"Whether this RNC activity ended after the PJ Tatler story was released on Friday, or when the Supreme Court ruled in June, or sometime before is unclear."

It wasn't unclear in your "news" story where you claimed to know exactly what was happening with no question. But it's now unclear?

'It’s not 2006 anymore. The once dominant GOP crowd that supported federal oversight in 2006 has dwindled. '

And oddly, we have a different RNC now than we had in 2006; different leaders, different people... but lets paint them all with the same brush, right?

I guess 7 years and 2 leadership changes are such a minor shift.

'After the story hit last Friday, Republican donors and grassroots activists around the country went nuts.'

But no worries; at least the facts of your story are "unclear"... good thing you at least got a plot of publicity for your story with unclear facts where you don't know if it was true.

That's the real goal of journalism right? Who cares if you get the facts right, so long as a lot of people get riled up by whatever crap you spread.

You'll be great competition for the Weekly World News with that attitude.
38 weeks ago
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You are missing something important - the people haven't changed. The same people who supported federal oversight in 2006 remained. This isn't about the current chairman. My piece today wrote about the longstanding institutional support of federal oversight, support which continued well past 2006.
38 weeks ago
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You're missing something important, you have no evidence for the claim you made on Friday. Laughable. And the half of your article you devoted to the sob story about being personally targetted (now the IRS and the RNC are after you!) didn't hide the fact that the beef ain't there.

It's a blog. Nobody expects rigorous standards of reporting here. But maybe the basics, like not making things up, would be nice?
38 weeks ago
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Sob story, targeted? Perhaps you mean the error about 2006. Welcome to PJ.
38 weeks ago
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Mr. Adams - did anything in this story provide evidence that the RNC is, TODAY, working to reinstate federal receivership over VRA preclearance States?

Or are we left to conclude that the original story was made up?
38 weeks ago
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You sound very much "in the know." Maybe you can tell us WHEN RNC support ended - because it DID end. The question is when.

And if you read carefully, nothing I wrote about had anything to do with TODAY, that wasn't what I set out to do, attempted, or concluded. My piece was a historical piece. The only outstanding questions is when that history ENDED, because it did end at some point. Maybe you can ask around and find out and post here.
38 weeks ago
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So the original story was made up.

See, that wasn't so hard. And no harm, no foul, on the made up story because that story was published under an anonymous name! Clever.
38 weeks ago
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So you've got no beef with the story above, no errors or mistakes I see.

See, that wasn't so hard. And no harm, no foul on admitting the piece I posted was 100% accurate, because you like to post comments under an anonymous name! Clever.
38 weeks ago
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The RNC is still paying the same people who are on the record as pushing for this unconstitutional law while it was in the process of being overturned. The ball is in the court of the RNC to demonstrate by words and deeds that their paid consultants have had a change of heart. It would be pretty easy for them to say that Hofeller is no longer working there.
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