Rendell spokesman: Republicans have a “Jim Crow” attitude

posted at 3:10 pm on October 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Ed Rendell’s administration keeps the hate alive in Pennsylvania.  After the state GOP filed a lawsuit to have Pennsylvania enforce voter-registration laws regarding thousands of entries filed by ACORN, Rendell’s spokesman said it displayed a “Jim Crow attitude”:

The head of the county bureau of elections hasn’t encountered any suspected voter registration fraud, but allegations in other parts of Pennsylvania  have sparked a lawsuit and a verbal exchange between a state official and the Republican Party.

The Pennsylvania Republican Party filed a lawsuit to assure the vote count is accurate – a move that Gov. Ed Rendell’s press secretary described as a “Jim Crow attitude.”

This must be a demonstration of that famously post-racial direction the Democrats pledged to take when they nominated Barack Obama.  Instead, enforcing existing registration laws has now become “racist”.  When did that happen?  When Obama’s ACORN allies began flooding the zone with thousands of fraudulent registrations in over a dozen states.

What exactly does Governor Rendell do, anyway?  As chief executive of Pennsylvania, he has the duty to enfore the state law.  If he’s not up to the task — or if he thinks that existing state law is “racist” — why doesn’t he quit?

And, by the way, let’s remember which political party imposed Jim Crow, and kept it in place until the federal government forced an end to its practice.

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Kevin in Washington State on October 29, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Great post, I’m putting that in my reference file.

Maxx on October 30, 2008 at 12:29 AM

Wow, is that ever disingenuous. You haven’t presented a shred of evidence, just bald assertions.

Maxx on October 30, 2008 at 12:28 AM

You think voting fraud is widespread? Despite an attempt by the Justice Department to crack down on it, from 2002-2005 only 20 people were found guilty of voting while ineligible and only 5 for voting twice. After the 2004 election in Ohio, the Brennan center found a voter fraud rate of.00004 percent saying “people are struck by lightning more often”. If people who ACORN chose to try and vote, it’d be impossible for them to do so under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, which requires newly registered voters to show ID.
In contrast, a story in the NYT last week says
“Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data”.

crr6 on October 29, 2008 at 4:11 PM

crr6 on October 30, 2008 at 8:21 AM