February 15, 2013 1 Comment
Nice article from the Post yesterday on Obama’s proposal to form a commission to find ways to improve voting efficiency and reduce (horribly anti-democratic) long waiting times. I found this little bit utterly depressing:
Hans von Spakovsky, who served in the George W. Bush administration as a Justice Department official and a member of the Federal Election Commission, and is now a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, wrote a blog post Thursday morning criticizing Obama’s move. He argued that the average wait time nationally for voters during the 2012 election was only 14 minutes and that the country already has a bipartisan election panel, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
“Obama’s commission may just be a stalking horse to implement liberals’ latest partisan fantasies of automatic and election day voter registration — so-called reforms that will stifle real improvements and endanger the integrity of our elections,” he wrote.
Ouch, the stupid!! The idea that von Spakovsky (a truly execrable human being) is conservatives’ idea of an intellectual is just sad. For starters, referring to the 14 minute “average” is so utterly pointless. A room full of people including Bill Gates has an average net worth of millions of dollars. But, it’s the last bit that kills me. There should be absolutely nothing partisan about the idea of automatic and election day registration. These are quite simply straightforward good government reforms that efficiently bring more people into the electoral process. The idea that they should be considered some crazy liberal fantasies is absolutely nuts. That is, unless your goal is actually to have government perform inefficiently and to exclude citizens from the democratic process. Again, the fact that this conservative “intellectuals” feel the need to argue against things like this– and in such absurd and hyperbolic ways– is just a sad, sad statement on where our country is and the state of the Republican party.