South Carolina GOP Operative: Voter ID Law’s Impact On Black Precincts Proves It Was Needed

Sometimes I find it hard to believe that some GOPers can actually open their mouths and allow atrocities to emerge. In this case, a South Carolina Republican political strategist, Wesley Donehue, is the man who can’t keep his mouth (or actually his tweeter) shut. Here’s TPM’s Ryan J. Reilly:

The Associated Press put out a story this week showing that South Carolina’s voter I.D. law “appears to be hitting black precincts in the state the hardest.”

One person who really loved the story was Wesley Donehue, the CEO of Donehue Direct and a political strategist for the South Carolina Senate Republican Caucus, who took to Twitter to write that the story “proves EXACTLY why we need Voter ID in SC.”

It wasn’t long until Donehue’s tweet was bouncing all around the progressive twittersphere. In subsequent tweets, Donehue clarified that he wasn’t talking about the fact that the story showed, for example, that “among the state’s 2,134 precincts there are 10 precincts where nearly all of the law’s affect [sic] falls on nonwhite voters who don’t have a state-issued driver’s license or ID card, a total of 1,977 voters.”

Rather Donehue said the story “has proven that a bunch of non-South Carolinians are voting in SC elections. Did they vote in other states too?? FRAUD!”

You may think that cheering, publicly, the fact that 1,977 likely legitimate voters were prevented from voting has to be bad form even for a GOPer. But thinking that would be “misunderestimating”™GeeDubya today’s GOP. That party has nothing to do with democracy, direct or representative. As long as they win, they’re OK with the process that gives them the victory. It’s up to us to stuff this crap down their throats… and TPM remarks that “[t]he Justice Department is currently reviewing South Carolina’s voter ID law to determine whether it is discriminatory.” Could it be that for one rare time, DoJ is doing the right thing?

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  • jams o donnell  On Friday October 21, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Jim Crow by the back door, Steve?

    • Steve  On Friday October 21, 2011 at 8:25 am

      Precisely, jams. The GOP has been suppressing the vote for at least 30 or 40 years, and this past year they managed to coordinate the passage of a lot of state laws (states control the franchise here) that severely restrict the ability of people in precincts they predict are likely Democratic (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities) to vote. It’s not so much Jim Crow by the back door as Jim Crow using a bulldozer through the wall.

      There will be federal court cases brought against many of the recently passed laws by the Justice Department, and I think it is likely some of them will be found unconstitutional. Such cases usually take a few years to be tried, so the 2012 elections may take place under those probably unconstitutional laws.

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