Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has had his political obituary penned and published so many times that Badger State civil courts are probably flooded with copyright infringement lawsuits, yet he stubbornly remains in office. 2014 may wind up being his Waterloo if liberal union enthusiasts have their way – and a delicious win it would be for them indeed – but the Left side punditry is preparing for the worst and seem to have identified where to affix the blame. Obviously, it must be those racist voter ID laws.
On September 12, Wisconsin voting-rights groups began to scramble when the Seventh Circuit Court upheld the state’s voter ID law, one of the strictest in the country. By the end of September, the same court had narrowly declined to re-hear the case en banc—giving voters and election officials mere weeks before the state’s upcoming gubernatorial election to grapple with the law. Unless the Supreme Court overturns the decision in response to an emergency appeal filed Thursday by the ACLU, Wisconsin voters will have to show identification from a list of approved types at the November election. It’s hard to say how many people might be disenfranchised by the law, but in such a tight election, where Republican incumbent Scott Walker is neck-and-neck with Democrat Mary Burke, it doesn’t take many votes to swing the results.
Ed wrote about the current status of the voter ID law earlier today, and that’s information which the author of the above article might want to look into. Given how much national attention is paid to each and every move that Scott Walker makes, it’s interesting that anyone would blame this on regulations regarding voter identification. In 2010, Walker won his first term in office with more than 52% of the vote. In June of 2012, following one of the most expensive debacles in American electoral history, Walker was dragged back to stand before the wheel a second time, defeating the same Democrat opponent and expanding his vote total to 53.1%.
In 2011, the law which nearly all of the legislative representatives had to run on or against – limiting the collective bargaining power of public unions – was signed into law and survived multiple court challenges. In the summer of the same year, multiple state senators faced recall elections as liberals attempted to gain a do-over on the previous outcomes. They failed.
All of these electoral follies had one thing in common. Each and every one of them took place long before the state’s fiercely contested voter identification law was in place. In fact, it was still up in the air as to whether or not it would be in place as recently as Monday. So, in the unthinkable event that Walker wins yet another vote of confidence among the citizens, placing a stamp of approval yet again on all of his “controversial” policies, how is this the fault of voter ID?
But I will grant the opponents one table scrap on this question… if Walker wins by more than 55%, I’ll let them pin 2% of it on so called voter suppression.