Raising the rhetorical stakes around local battles over voting laws, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz yesterday compared Republican efforts to tighten access to the polls to notorious segregation-era Jim Crow laws.
And what Wasserman-Schultz said (PDF link):
..now you have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally – and very transparently – block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote Democratic candidates than Republican candidates.
The context here, which Ben Smith did not provide, is that Republicans in several states (including DWS’ home state of Florida) have introduced Voter ID laws that would require everyone to present valid identification before they vote. Democrats have opposed those laws on various grounds, all of which have been amply addressed. There is no other reasonable purpose to oppose an ID requirement, especially when there is no burden other than time on a person to get that identification.
The real contention here, and I defy anyone to honestly say otherwise, is that Republicans want to close the obvious avenues for voter fraud and the Democrats want to literally keep those avenues wide open for their ACORN-like allies. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz knows that as well as I do, which is why she has chosen to literally accuse the entire Republican party of rank racism and anti-American behavior rather than deal with the issue honestly and openly. She is literally a dishonest hack who should be literally thrown out of her office and literally never hired to a position more intellectually taxing than that of paperweight.
UPDATE: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is literally very nearly almost sorry for that unfortunate analogy, but not sorry for the unfortunate accusation behind the analogy (via Lachlan Markay’s Twitter feed).