Rick Perry: Holder is showing “utter contempt” for the Constitution

posted at 11:21 am on July 26, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

In June, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional, effectively reaffirming states’ sovereignty in determining their own voting procedures and their right to institute their own voter ID laws — but evidently, that doesn’t much matter to President Obama’s Department of Justice. Attorney General Eric Holder is planning to get around that ruling and is currently preparing a fresh bout of legal action across the country to preserve some of the federal government’s power, specifically to force certain states to obtain the DOJ’s “pre-clearance” before they can change their election laws.

Holder has Texas locked in his sights, and Gov. Perry is obviously not pleased about it. Via The Hill:

Attorney General Eric Holder’s move to require that Texas seek federal approval before changing its voting laws shows an “utter contempt” for the Constitution, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Thursday.

“Once again, the Obama administration is demonstrating utter contempt for our country’s system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution,” Perry said in a statement.

“This end-run around the Supreme Court undermines the will of the people of Texas, and casts unfair aspersions on our state’s common-sense efforts to preserve the integrity of our elections process.”

Of course the Supreme Court’s invalidation of federal oversight over states’ election laws wasn’t going to go over well with the Obama administration, but the implicit and continuing crusade to disallow states from requiring identification to vote is getting out of control; as Krauthammer put it last night: “It seems utterly logical that you would have to ask for a simple demonstration that you are of age, that you live where you live, you aren’t a felon, and in fact that you haven’t voted an hour and a half before. And in fact, it’s not even a question of logic, it’s a question of law. … What Holder is doing is, he wants to stigmatize [voter ID] and to go after any state that actually institutes it. I think he’s got a very weak case.”


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“We’ll imprison Gov. Perry, soon” — Hold..er

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Gov. Perry – a mensch and man

Holder – a charlatanic thug

Wake up America!!!

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

No rope for his soap then.

Bmore on July 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Well, he’s a very weak, stupid and worthless man. Like the clown who appointed him.

Seems a bit much to expect anything but the worst out of this sick circus sideshow of an administration.

NoDonkey on July 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Come and Take It!

questionmark on July 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Good on Perry that he can speak so frankly. BUT…it will make him a popular man in Texas to be talking like this. I’ll reserve the bulk of my praise for the first man or woman willing to actually sacrifice something to do something meaningful about it.

gryphon202 on July 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

“This end-run around the Supreme Court undermines the will of the people of Texas, and casts unfair aspersions on our state’s common-sense efforts to preserve the integrity of our elections process.”

Okay so, whaddya gonna do, call out the National Guard?

Akzed on July 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I’m different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man. Dying’s for fools, dying’s for amateurs.

Charlie Sheen

roflmmfao

donabernathy on July 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM

And apparently nobody can do anything about it.

albill on July 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Go Perry Go!

gophergirl on July 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Holder isn’t exactly the brightest bulb on the tree, trying to explain Constitutional issues to him is like trying to hold a conversation with the banjo-playing kid from “Deliverance”; all you will get in return is a crazy half-smile and some drool.

Bishop on July 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

obama/Holder, the thugs of America

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Related (via rrpjr in a previous thread) – a rogue operation in the RNC is doing all it can to re-enslave Texas with the Voting Rights Act

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Okay so, whaddya gonna do, call out the National Guard?

Akzed on July 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

No – they’ll send in foreign troops (or perhaps the NY/Cali National Guard).

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Holder and his boss are above the Constitution. As are most of the other flunkies in his admin. We will just have to get use to it because, that is just the way it is and it will most likely not change in our lifetimes.

Dr. Frank Enstine on July 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Bring it!

neyney on July 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Here’s my dumb question for the day. Does Holder’s action put the voter ID law in Texas on hold, or can it be enforced in the meantime? If it’s the former, then that’s the Obama Regime M.O. If they can’t defeat the opposition, they merely harass and stonewall them long enough to render them ineffective(see the IRS and the Tea Party).

Doughboy on July 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Holder has to do more than talk before action can be taken. If Holder challenges to Voter ID law, Abbott WILL sue his butt. Every non-hack judge, and even the hacks who don’t want a higher court to overrule with prejudice, will cite the Supreme Court’s ruling, and tell Holder to go F himself.

Sekhmet on July 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

The progressives are throwing everything they have at Texas. They HAVE to take it whatever way they can. If Texas goes, the battle is over.

katy on July 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I think he’s got a very weak case

Why does that matter? The Commerce Clause argument for Obamacare was very weak argument too. Yet we have Obamacare. One way or another, voters ID laws will be blocked. Not being able to cheat is an existential threat to Democrats.

forest on July 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

More bullying from the Obama administration, what a surprise.

scalleywag on July 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Related (via rrpjr in a previous thread) – a rogue operation in the RNC is doing all it can to re-enslave Texas with the Voting Rights Act

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

May they, and all the traitors, burn slowly, in the coldest layer in Hell.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Move all election places into government buildings that require photo ID to enter for security reasons. Problem solved.

meci on July 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Holder doesn’t really care if he wins anything in texas, this is all about the “shiny object” offense. These guys (Obama-ites) are masters at tossing new “shiny objects” to control the media cycle every couple of weeks…

Tim Zank on July 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Related (via rrpjr in a previous thread) – a rogue operation in the RNC is doing all it can to re-enslave Texas with the Voting Rights Act

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

May slow flames of Hell burn all the traitors, slowly.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Texas as it is now is the jewel in the crown of conservatism. I’m not surprised Holder is harassing them. If they can turn Texas blue by any means fair or foul, they will do it.

theotherone on July 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

It’s good to live in Texas.

I think Rick is going to be sitting quite well in 2016. I always liked Rubio in the 2nd slot anyway since Rick’s been governing for 12 or more years.

Marcus on July 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

That’s what I’m saying. Where’s the leverage for TX? The feds can refuse to recognize TX elections, and/or try to arrest Perry for contempt of court or whatever. I’m no expert.

I don’t think foreign troops are really an option… Could Obooba have the TX Guard bring Perry to DC?!

Akzed on July 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Related (via rrpjr in a previous thread) – a rogue operation in the RNC is doing all it can to re-enslave Texas with the Voting Rights Act

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Do these morons realize that when word of this gets out, their donations(which are already done over a quarter from where they were 4 years ago) will dry up even more? This along with the amnesty push is making me buy into to the theory that there may be some Democrat operatives buried deep in the GOP with the task of destroying it from within.

Doughboy on July 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

We won…

right2bright on July 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Related (via rrpjr in a previous thread) – a rogue operation in the RNC is doing all it can to re-enslave Texas with the Voting Rights Act

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

That article needs to be read by everyone.

SailorMark on July 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Going to do anything about it? Didn’t think so.

Meople on July 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

The Turn Texas Blue project continues apace.

faraway on July 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Yeah, I’d start demonizing Texas too if I couldn’t do anything to Zimmerman, was found in contempt of the House of Reps, had F&F blood on my hands and my only skill was sowing racial division.

Holder is so predictable, boring really.

LetsBfrank on July 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM

What did you expect? He HAS utter contempt for the Constitution.

The Rogue Tomato on July 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Of course Holder is showing contempt for the Constitution. But, you Rick, are the dangerous one, according to Chris Christie’s and every other RINO’s thinking.

People like you are a threat to the country because you actually have principles and believe in freedom and the rule of law. In order to be respected by RINO’s like Chris Christie.. you need to sell high powered weapons to Mexican drug cartels, treat the Bill of Rights like toilet paper, attack military Chaplains for being military Chaplains and incite racial hatred. Just to name a few.

JellyToast on July 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Do these morons realize that when word of this gets out, their donations(which are already done over a quarter from where they were 4 years ago) will dry up even more? This along with the amnesty push is making me buy into to the theory that there may be some Democrat operatives buried deep in the GOP with the task of destroying it from within.

Doughboy on July 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I think you nailed it.

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I am amazed Holder isn’t behind bars.

John the Libertarian on July 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Yeah, well, Erika, you might want to ask the RNC why they seem to be supporting Holder in his effort. I sure would be interested to hear the response.

MTF on July 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

This along with the amnesty push is making me buy into to the theory that there may be some Democrat operatives buried deep in the GOP with the task of destroying it from within.

Doughboy on July 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I think you nailed it.

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

They are preserving the NSA thuggery, the same thuggish machinery as the Ds have, in all ways, for the eventuality that they take over DC.

The R/D masters are all the same.

Fork them all into political oblivion. In 2014 throw most all out, out, out. They all need to be sent the message that they are our servants not our masters.

Otherwise we deserve the scrooming, royally, painfully and slowly, in very bad ways.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

The progressives are throwing everything they have at Texas. They HAVE to take it whatever way they can. If Texas goes, the battle is over.

katy on July 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

The progressives i.e. communists are so overrated… Winning elections does not mean they can win on policies or pass their policies… Look at gun control and sequester, the communists went no where with these two… Even the biggest law they passed since Medicare/Medicaid, Obamacare is falling apart, and no it was not intended by them to fall apart as many knee jerk reactionaries on our side say, it is not working because it is the product of low life incompetent fools…

mnjg on July 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

mnjg on July 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Imagine if the ‘opposition’ had a set.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

The progressives i.e. communists are so overrated… Winning elections does not mean they can win on policies or pass their policies…

Not true.

Have you been living in the US since 2009? If their goal is to crush and destroy the system with “policies” like Obamacare, they have succeeded. It was never intended to work.It was intended to destroy the current market place of heath care. Remember…their goal is to destroy the current system. They are doing that in every area of life from race relations to finance. From healthcare to education. From national security to freedom/liberty. Step back and look at the bigger picture. A small, patient, highly aggressive minority in the seat of power can do more damage than a large unorganized mass.

katy on July 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Obama/Holder, the United Thugs of America (AFL/CIO)

FTFY!

Another Drew on July 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

“Texas is prosperous. They must be destroyed. Got that Eric?”
“Yes, Mr. President”

kurtzz3 on July 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

They’re just taking a page from Barry’s BFFs Joe Stalin, Idi Amin, Hugo Chavez and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. What could go wrong? /
The scat hasn’t even begun to hit the ventilator yet.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on July 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM

katy on July 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Beautifully said.

rrpjr on July 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I’ll reserve the bulk of my praise for the first man or woman willing to actually sacrifice something to do something meaningful about it.

gryphon202 on July 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

give an example of what you mean by that statement.

chasdal on July 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

What Perry needs to do is this:

Annunce he is giving anyone who is a legal resident of Texas an official Texas ID if they want one. Don’t have a driver’s license? Get a Texas ID.

If a person has to register to vote, they can register for a Texas ID.

Might cost some money, but its worth it.

GadsdenRattlers on July 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Related (via rrpjr in a previous thread) – a rogue operation in the RNC is doing all it can to re-enslave Texas with the Voting Rights Act

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Call the RNC about it and demand Tom Hofeller’s resignation. 202-863-8500

beatcanvas on July 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Holder isn’t the only one in Washington holding the Constitution in contempt. He’s just the latest. And it’s time he be held in contempt of Congress and sent to jail for perjury.

sadatoni on July 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Yeah, well, Erika, you might want to ask the RNC why they seem to be supporting Holder in his effort. I sure would be interested to hear the response.

MTF on July 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Someone I believe to be Sean Spicer has commented on that article saying it’s unsourced and not true. What would the RNC gain by putting Texas back under oversight? There is little proof on both sides. I don’t know what to think.

Sekhmet on July 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I’ll reserve the bulk of my praise for the first man or woman willing to actually sacrifice something to do something meaningful about it.

gryphon202 on July 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

give an example of what you mean by that statement.

chasdal on July 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

A governor and an attorney general that push through a resolution in their state’s legislature that specifically says the state refuses to recognize [insert federal law or action here] on [insert one of many myriad reasons here] grounds. A revolution doesn’t necessarily need to include bloodshed, but I think this would be a good start. Then the feds threaten to cut off [insert highway or other block program here] funding and we get to see who the real men are as the states play chicken with the feds. (HINT: I don’t think the real men are up on The Hill)

gryphon202 on July 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Holder isn’t exactly the brightest bulb on the tree, trying to explain Constitutional issues to him is like trying to hold a conversation with the banjo-playing kid from “Deliverance”President; all you will get in return is a crazy half-smile and some drool.

Bishop on July 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Fixed it for you, Bish.

Tenwheeler on July 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Here’s my dumb question for the day. Does Holder’s action put the voter ID law in Texas on hold, or can it be enforced in the meantime?

Doughboy on July 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

As I understand it, the answer is no — at least, not unless he can get a federal district court to enjoin it, which seems unlikely, given the Supreme Court’s recent holding on the VRA.

Holder can bloviate all he likes, but only a court can prevent the law from going into effect. Holder doesn’t rule by royal decree (although there’s no doubt he, like his boss, would dearly love to).

AZCoyote on July 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Holder can bloviate all he likes, but only a court can prevent the law from going into effect. Holder doesn’t rule by royal decree (although there’s no doubt he, like his boss, would dearly love to).

AZCoyote on July 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM

So what happens if Perry says “Federal courts have no jurisdiction here?” To me, that’s what a real man would do. Not all this “Oh well. The courts have spoken” bullshit.

gryphon202 on July 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Annunce he is giving anyone who is a legal resident of Texas an official Texas ID if they want one. Don’t have a driver’s license? Get a Texas ID.

If a person has to register to vote, they can register for a Texas ID.

Might cost some money, but its worth it.

GadsdenRattlers on July 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Um, you can do that today.

Facts are irrelevant. Anyone that is in Texas legally can get an id, sufficient for proving identity.

But that just simply does not fill the narrative.

Tenwheeler on July 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

That’s what I’m saying. Where’s the leverage for TX? The feds can refuse to recognize TX elections, and/or try to arrest Perry for contempt of court or whatever. I’m no expert.

I don’t think foreign troops are really an option… Could Obooba have the TX Guard bring Perry to DC?!

Akzed on July 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

So, the Texas National Guard is made up of ……..Texans.

Tenwheeler on July 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Not true.

Have you been living in the US since 2009? If their goal is to crush and destroy the system with “policies” like Obamacare, they have succeeded. It was never intended to work.It was intended to destroy the current market place of heath care. Remember…their goal is to destroy the current system. They are doing that in every area of life from race relations to finance. From healthcare to education. From national security to freedom/liberty. Step back and look at the bigger picture. A small, patient, highly aggressive minority in the seat of power can do more damage than a large unorganized mass.

katy on July 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Yeah the communists spent all their political capital on Obamacare just for the intention of not making it not work… Stop the stupid conspiracy theories and stop overrating these incompetent fools… They wanted Obamacare and it is falling apart because it is a stupid and non workable law… It is that simple… You should have lived during the FDR era or even LBJ era to know how powerful and effective the damned communists were compared to now…

mnjg on July 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

So what happens if Perry says

“Federal courts have no jurisdiction here?” To me, that’s what a real man would do. Not all this “Oh well. The courts have spoken” bullshit.

gryphon202 on July 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM

We’ll begin to hear all about some racist rock in Perrys’ past or something.

BobMbx on July 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

We’ll begin to hear all about some racist rock in Perrys’ past or something.

BobMbx on July 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I’m not saying he will or won’t. I’m just saying that it would require real sacrifice, and that’s what a real man would do. There aren’t any many real men in politics. Most of them surrender their testicles when they take the oath of office, if not before.

gryphon202 on July 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM

So, why is it again that we here in Texas are still part of this “union” of states? The will of the people is routinely ignored by the federal “government”, we’re robbed blind by departments and agencies we never wanted or needed, and now, we’re being told by perhaps the worst attorney general in American history that we, here in Texas, can’t run our elections without federal oversight? Texas needs election observers, like some third-world nation? OK, so be it. We’ll take our ball, and go play on the international stage.

So, the Texas National Guard is made up of ……..Texans.

Exactly. Go ahead and bring it, you Chicago thugs. People, not just here in Texas, but all over the country, need to start getting the message across that enough is enough, and start acting on it. The time for acquiescence is through.

The line must be drawn here, this far, and no further. Winston Churchill

creekspecter on July 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

We’ll begin to hear all about some racist rock in Perrys’ past or something.

BobMbx on July 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Hee. I forgot about that.

SailorMark on July 26, 2013 at 1:44 PM

So what happens if Perry says “Federal courts have no jurisdiction here?” To me, that’s what a real man would do. Not all this “Oh well. The courts have spoken” bullshit.

gryphon202 on July 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM

If a federal court enjoined Texas’ law (which has not happened yet — Holder hasn’t even filed suit yet, he’s just threatening to), and Perry made your announcement, then Obama would have to decide if he was willing to send troops into Texas to enforce the federal court order.

Obama is a politician, and not a particularly courageous one. Whether or not he would actually do it would probably depend on whether or not he believed he could get away with it. My guess is that people would be outraged that Obama was trying to prevent Texas from enforcing common-sense voter ID law (something polls show a majority of Americans support), and there would be substantial public pressure opposing Obama. (Meaning Obama probably would not send troops, but would instead give another lame-ass speech to try and save face while hoping the whole thing would just blow over).

AZCoyote on July 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM

How about the House Republicans passing a budget with no money allocated for Holder’s salary?

thuja on July 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

How about the House Republicans passing a budget with no money allocated for Holder’s salary?

thuja on July 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

…they wouldn’t do that….for “CLUB” members!

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM

The Administration has never had any regard for the Constitution, Bill of Rights, or the Rule of Law; a dictator never does. The only law is his law. Welcome to Imperial America.

xmanvietnam on July 26, 2013 at 2:37 PM

This from the guy whose ballot was offered to a project veritas impostor.

applebutter on July 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

If a federal court enjoined Texas’ law (which has not happened yet — Holder hasn’t even filed suit yet, he’s just threatening to), and Perry made your announcement, then Obama would have to decide if he was willing to send troops into Texas to enforce the federal court order.

Obama is a politician, and not a particularly courageous one. Whether or not he would actually do it would probably depend on whether or not he believed he could get away with it. My guess is that people would be outraged that Obama was trying to prevent Texas from enforcing common-sense voter ID law (something polls show a majority of Americans support), and there would be substantial public pressure opposing Obama. (Meaning Obama probably would not send troops, but would instead give another lame-ass speech to try and save face while hoping the whole thing would just blow over).

AZCoyote on July 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM

That sounds like a plausible scenario, assuming Texas is the only state that would take that step. If Perry manned up and did do it, it might embolden other states. Federal resources can only go so far in strongarming the states, and all it takes is one to start a domino effect of civil disobedience.

gryphon202 on July 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Anybody else see this one? An RNC operative is playing right into Holder’s hands to place assorted states into federal receivership re the VRA.
http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/07/26/exclusive-rnc-operatives-join-holders-campaign-against-texas-several-other-states/

onlineanalyst on July 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I guess that Steve Eggleston beat me to that link.

onlineanalyst on July 26, 2013 at 3:12 PM

If Perry plays his cards well, his fight with Holder could be his ticket to a national political revival… in time for the 2016 primaries.

petefrt on July 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Why can’t Texas challenge the federal Firearms ID requirement as disproportionately affecting exactly those groups supposedly disproportionately affected by voter ID laws? Force DOJ to play Texas’s game, not the other way around.

PersonFromPorlock on July 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM

If Perry plays his cards well, his fight with Holder could be his ticket to a national political revival… in time for the 2016 primaries.

petefrt on July 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

That would require a degree of personal and political risk that I haven’t seen from a politician in my lifetime.

gryphon202 on July 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Gov. Perry – a mensch and man

Holder – a charlatanic thug

Wake up America!!!

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Schadenfreude/Perry 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thejackal on July 26, 2013 at 9:54 PM