Maine Republican Chairman Spells It Out
“Those rabid environmentalists, liberals, socialists — they, they VOTE. We have to STOP them!”
That wasn’t his exact wording, but close enough. The Maine legislature has passed a law that invalidates a 40-year Maine tradition, whereby people could register to vote on Election Day. No more. Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster defended the new disenfranchise-the-voters law by trotting out the same non-existent problem that teabaggers everywhere are reciting in unison: Millions of illegal immigrants, communists and Negroes are trying to bring America to her knees by voting illegally.
“If you want to get really honest, this is about how the Democrats have managed to steal elections from Maine people. Many of us believe that the Democrats intentionally steal elections. Buses. They bring them in in buses. Job Corps people — they move 'em around to wherever they have a tough seat and they want to win an election.”
Damn those Job Corps people!!!
Well, you’ve gotta admire this guy’s blunt shoot-from-the-hip manner. It’s sort of a refreshing change from the cowardly Scott Walker-esque “Oh, I have nothing against greasy people who work with their hands; I’m just trying to balance the budget” schmaltz.
And speaking of Scott Walker — I can’t seem to write a post without mentioning the Koch Brothers’ favorite boy toy at least once — Wisconsin has a similar law for disenfranchising voters. At first they weren’t sure how to pay for this new “Only Wealthy Conservatives Can Vote” law. But now they’ve found a way:
In 2009, the Wisconsin legislature passed a law providing public funding for judicial races. 78% of Wisconsin residents were in favor of this. In the recent state Supreme Court showdown between David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg, both candidates used the public financing made available under this law.
Anyway, by deleting the funding for this public financing law, Wisconsin will now have the money to enforce the much-more-important voter disenfranchisement law.