Yesterday’s ruling by a Pennsylvania court upholding the state’s voter ID law has resulted in the predictable wailing and gnashing of teeth by the usual leftists, outraged by the fact that dogs, dead people, and even dead dogs might be denied the right to vote for Barack Obama and other democrats. He wrote:
In Pennsylvania, the voter ID requirement is a “reasonable, non-discriminatory, non-severe burden when viewed in the broader context of the widespread use of photo ID in daily life,” Simpson wrote in his opinion. “The Commonwealth’s asserted interest in protecting public confidence in elections is a relevant and legitimate state interest sufficiently weighty to justify the burden.”
Duh. But what is common sense to nearly everyone in the country, is obviously some sinister plot to deny their mascot groups the right to vote. They deny the existence of vote fraud, and whine about “voter suppression,” a heinous activity that, of course, does not include cudgel-weilding thugs in paramilitary garb outside a Philadelphia polling place. Their friends in the White House, including the ridiculous racialist Attorney General, agree.
I ask those who howl about the voter ID laws to consider the election of the clownish senator from Minnesota, one Al Franken. Recall that Mr. Franken won by 312 votes. As Byron York, making reference to the new book, “Who’s Counting?”, by conservative journalist John Fund and former Bush Justice Department official Hans von Spakovsky. writes in the Washington Examiner:
In the ’08 campaign, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman was running for re-election against Democrat Al Franken. It was impossibly close; on the morning after the election, after 2.9 million people had voted, Coleman led Franken by 725 votes.
Franken and his Democratic allies dispatched an army of lawyers to challenge the results. After the first canvass, Coleman’s lead was down to 206 votes. That was followed by months of wrangling and litigation. In the end, Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes. He was sworn into office in July 2009, eight months after the election.
During the controversy a conservative group called Minnesota Majority began to look into claims of voter fraud. Comparing criminal records with voting rolls, the group identified 1,099 felons — all ineligible to vote — who had voted in the Franken-Coleman race.
Fast forward to March, 2010, when Sen. Franken provided an essential vote to pass Obamacare.
A suggestion for all my do-gooder lib friends, so obsessed with making sure that their supporters (welfare recipients, illegal aliens, felons, and the similarly-situated) are permitted to vote: rather than spending so much time and money trying to fight common sense laws that protect the integrity of the ballot, why not focus your energies on helping your voters get the required ID? I’ll leave it to you to provide the answer in the comments below.