E. J. Dionne get paid well by the Washington Post to churn out columns (note the lack of “good” in the preceeding). Here’s Sunday’s effort. It reads like an attempt to smear the Republicans (big surprise, coming from Dionne) for passing laws that voters overwhelmingly support.
An attack on the right to vote is underway across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we’d condemn it as election-rigging. But it’s happening here, so there’s barely a whimper.
Breathless! So what’s the conspiracy? Several states are passing laws requiring that voters prove who they are before they cast a vote. This, to E. J. Dionne, constitutes “rigging” elections. Making sure that every vote cast is cast by the person who claims to be casting it, is “rigging” elections in Dionne’s world. In the real world, voter ID laws protect the franchise by making sure that…every vote cast is cast by the person claiming to cast it.
Having ACORN and similar leftist groups screw up the works with thousands and thousands of fraudulent registrations? Not a problem, to E. J. Dionne. Rampant vote brokering, as has been repeatedly uncovered in South Texas? Not a problem. Having the Black Panthers stand around with weapons to intimidate voters right outside polling places? Not a problem in Dionne’s world.
But requiring the same level of ID it takes to get on an airplane, rent a car, cash a check and dozens of other things Americans routinely do, in order to cast a vote — why, that’s downright un-American. It’s a “poll tax” even though voters can get the necessary ID for free. It’s “rigging” elections — to make sure we know that every vote cast is cast legally by actual voters.
Clearly, E. J. Dionne is laying the groundwork to turn the Democrats’ looming defeat in 2012 into yet another bloody shirt to rile up the left.