On the national scene, President Obama and the Democrats defend the unpopular Obamacare law as settled law of the land, therefore do not question it. At the same time, though, the Democrats relentlessly attack voter ID laws that have been enacted in several states over the past few years. The Obama administration is even waging courtroom war against those laws, suing states including Texas that have passed voter ID to get the laws gutted. Texas is key to Democrats’ hopes to build a permanent presidency and congressional majority, so whatever happens in Texas won’t stay in Texas. Voter ID seems to fill Democrats with dread that they cannot win the state.
For the sake of perspective, it’s worth noting that while Obamacare has never had majority support, voter ID laws routinely grab about 70% support, across all ethnicities, including in Texas. These are popular laws that most Americans recognize are needed to keep our elections secure. In a border state like Texas, border jumping, identity theft, and absentee vote brokering all combine to make voter ID necessary to ensure that legitimate votes count, and illegal votes do not.
Lawfare may not be the only means by which the Democrats are attacking voter ID laws. Over the weekend, a prominent Texan had trouble registering to vote. He’s only former Speaker of the House Jim Wright, the Fort Worth Democrat who resigned his speakership in disgrace a few decades back. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on Saturday that the 90-year-old Wright, the first speaker of the House to resign because of scandal, ran into trouble registering to vote, because of voter ID.
Former House Speaker Jim Wright was denied a voter ID card Saturday at a Texas Department of Public Safety office.
“Nobody was ugly to us, but they insisted that they wouldn’t give me an ID,” Wright said.
Naturally, Wright took his problems to the local media, who blew the story up.
Wright turned his travails into criticism of voter ID:
“I earnestly hope these unduly stringent requirements on voters won’t dramatically reduce the number of people who vote,” Wright told theStar-Telegram. “I think they will reduce the number to some extent.”
What were those “unduly stringent requirements”? Wright had to prove who he was before he could register to vote, via photo ID, which he had failed to bring with him.
Maybe the disgraced Democrat was just being forgetful when he failed to bring his photo ID? Maybe.
Or maybe, Wright wasn’t being forgetful at all, and trouble was the point of his excursion.