Voter Suppression

Pat McCrory is Not Done Embarrassing North Carolina

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against North Carolina's voter ID law is one of the most brutal takedowns I've ever read.

According to the court, state lawmakers requested data that revealed the impact voter ID laws would have on black voters and, rather than use that data to soften their legislation, they used it to target and marginalize black voters. They explicitly and intentionally disenfranchised voters. Full stop.

That should have been enough of an embarrassment all on its own, but Governor Pat McCrory isn't satisfied.

McCrory has submitted a request for a hearing at the Supreme Court and you won't believe who they've hired to argue the case.

“Allowing the 4th Circuit’s ruling to stand creates confusion among voters and poll workers and it disregards our successful rollout of Voter ID in the 2016 primary elections,” the Republican governor said in a news release. “The 4th Circuit’s ruling is just plain wrong and we cannot allow it to stand. We are confident that the Supreme Court will uphold our state’s law and reverse the 4th Circuit.”

Who did McCrory hire to argue this stinker?

Paul Clement.

Regular readers or anyone who has paid any attention over the last four years should be fairly familiar with Paul Clement. The former solicitor general argued the (first) case against Obamacare. He also represented House Republicans in their case against gay marriage. Clement also defended Arizona's "Papers Please" immigration law and sought to take down Seattle's $15 minimum wage.

As you know, Clement lost all of the cases I just mentioned and yet he still demands one of the highest prices in the country. The taxpayers of North Carolina will pay a very high price for the services of Clement even if the Supreme Court ultimately declines to take the state's case. Clement is on the clock as of now.

By saying that the 4th Circuit's ruling "disregards" their "successful rollout" of voter ID, Governor McCrory may as well say the court has disregarded their highly targeted suppression of black voters.

A primary election is not the same thing as a general election and no judge is that stupid. I would say McCrory himself probably doesn't believe that bullshit, but I just don't know. This is a man who regularly jokes in public about an unconstitutional "bathroom bill" that has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in lost economic activity. This is all very funny to Pat McCrory.

  • ninjaf

    Can we get something like the Hyde Amendment for these kinds of cases? If the State’s Attorney General has decided that case should not be appealed but the Governor or Legislature feels otherwise, then no tax dollars will be spent defending it. If they still insist, then the money must be raised either via personal donations or a special tax assessment via voter referendum.

    Something so my tax dollars are not wasted in this manner anymore.

    In my best Lumberg, “If we could just do that, that would be great.”

  • muselet

    NBC News/Marist poll 12 August 2016:

    In North Carolina’s gubernatorial race, incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is down by seven points to Democratic challenger Roy Cooper, 51 percent to 44 percent. (In July, it was Cooper 49 percent, McCrory 45 percent.)

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      Here’s hoping…

    • ninjaf

      You have just made my day. I hope it is a total routing in the fall against McCrory and his fellow (R)s in the state legislature this election. November can’t get here soon enough to find out!

  • Aynwrong

    God!!… The GOP is literally trying to drag us back to the stone ages of the Jim Crow era and they are all but bragging about it.

    This issue far, far, FAR outweighs everything else. Everything else comes second. Proper management of the economy, Climate change, legalizing marijuana or any issue anyone has with any part of Hillary Clinton’s political past. Whatever your particular pet political cause may be. NONE OF THAT SHIT MATTERS!!! Not when compared to the basic, simple and obvious fact that one of our two major political parties, the GOP is now devoted to legally stealing from entire groups of Americans their right to participate in American democracy. This above all else must be defeated. And the single best way to accomplish this is to elect more and more Democrats. Especially to the White House. This is not partisanship. It’s practical reality.

    Bernie’s revolution may be a noble cause. It’s no where near as important as this. Put Hillary Clinton into the White House with as large a majority in the Senate as possible and let her appoint judges to the Supreme Court who will never vote to empower this painfully obvious racist attack against freedom.

    Clinton/Kaine, 2016!!!!!

    • Draxiar

      I think it’s all part of the bigger picture of distraction. They tap into something their primal voters “understand” (ex. boy parts-girl parts in the same bathroom, thumping the book) yet means nothing so that those voters then pay no mind to things they don’t understand and mean so much more (ex. climate change, economics). This is how the GOP gets people to vote against their own interests.

      • Aynwrong

        “This is how the GOP gets people to vote against their own interests.”

        Acknowledging the fact that Republicans vote against their own interests makes you an elitist snob according to Republicans. I have the same problem.

  • TXDem1945

    Well, those people are committed to preventing those who would vote against them from voting. They will keep trying until they are stopped.

  • Not only should these laws be thrown out, but when there is a finding of intentional disenfranchisement, these bastards should be criminally prosecuted. Stupid wankers belong in jail for some time to rethink their commitment to Democracy.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      How is it not a law that it’s illegal to knowingly pass illegal laws?

      • It would be VERY difficult to prove the knowingly part. They could claim ignorance and so far it seems most GOP state legislators are very ignorant indeed.

        • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

          Fine, but then they should have to stand up in court and, hand on bible, swear that they are a ignorant morons.

    • Badgerite

      I think a civil suit making them personally liable for infringement of constitutional rights would be more in order. A tort case. But they would have to pay it out of their own frigging pockets.