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Eh, Oh, Way To Go, Ohio

[ 80 ] August 31, 2012 |

Federal courts rule the latest vote suppression scheme of Ohio Republicans unconstitutional.

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  1. NonyNony says:

    Just wait – if this sticks I almost betting on the reaction from our Republican-controlled government to be a removal of the exemption from the members of the military to get that “equal protection” angle covered and then blaming Obama for the loss of expanding voting hours for military members.

    They’ve already laid the groundwork for it, so I’ll only be mildly surprised if they go ahead and do it.

  2. Anderson says:

    Federal courts? Was there another ruling I didn’t hear about?

    Anyway, this is why we have appellate courts full of Republicans. (Thanks, Bill and Barack, for making the judiciary such a low priority.)

    • sagesource says:

      How exactly is Barack supposed to make the judiciary a priority when he can’t get any of his judicial appointments confirmed?

      That was a profoundly silly criticism.

      • NonyNony says:

        I know the answer to that one. I think it involves some sort of bully in a pulpit.

      • Well, he could have decided to round up the whole party and throw a big hissy fit in the media over some judge that 0.0% of voters have ever heard of, like the Republicans do from time to time.

        That could have been one of his big political pushes, instead of something else.

        It’s not obvious to me what this would have accomplished.

      • Anon21 says:

        He could at least do the bare minimum of forwarding nominations to the Senate in a timely fashion. Obviously the Republicans are the true monsters, but Obama has absolutely set an extremely casual pace for nominations. Not clear why, but it’s not helping matters.

        • Anonymous says:

          And Anon wins the prize for basic familiarity with what the fuck he’s talking about. Vanna has some nice gifts for the rest of you.

        • timb says:

          because they put a person’s life on hold while Tom Coburn screws them ad infinitum?

          And, then after a year of waiting, they tell the Prez they want him to withdraw their nomination so they can actually do work.

  3. Amusingly, the court’s opinion relies on the Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Bush v. Gore to reach this holding

    I didn’t think they could do that.

    • Anderson says:

      Persuasive authority. At least they didn’t cite TEH SHARIA!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s commonly cited in voting-rights and equal-protection cases these days. If you dig into it, there are sections where the majority got the substantive law essentially correct. They just took that substance, twisted it into a pretzel, and gave it to George W. Bush, who promptly choked on it.

      • Yeah, but wasn’t there a “this is not a precedent” clause in there?

        • Bill Murray says:

          well it’s not like precedent is binding (or really I guess fully binding) on the future courts, so why would the precedent of not being a precedent be binding. it’s like the hoot owl said to Mario Lopez “it ain’t all about Screech’s”

        • UserGoogol says:

          Well, there’s a difference between binding precedent and merely referring to other rulings. (Apparently the latter is called persuasive precedent.) Courts can refer to all sorts of stuff that they aren’t required to honor.

  4. Anonymous says:

    That court made their ruling. Now let them try and enforce it.

    The Republican SOS and the Republican County commissioners will simply ignore the ruling.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Romney closing the gap in latest Michigan poll.

    Very tight in Wisconsin, too.

    If we win both Michigan and Wisconsin, we don’t need Ohio.

    • If they win both Michigan and Wisconsin, they’ve also won Ohio, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, and probably Colorado and Nevada. There’s no way for them to win Michigan and Wisconsin unless they’ve already won Ohio.

      Mitt Romney isn’t running where he needs to be in the popular vote to turn the map like that.

      • Anonymous says:

        If he’s not winning a state in the polls that are released in the next few days, he’s not winning it, period. It’s called a “bounce” for a reason.

      • Anonymous says:

        Says who? Look at the polls–Romney is doing better in Wisconsin and Michigan than Ohio.

        You’re just scared and can’t admit the fact that Romney is surging into a lead and may never look back.

        • Romney is doing better in Wisconsin and Michigan than Ohio.

          But not leading.

          http://core.talkingpointsmemo.com/election/scoreboard

          • Joseph Slater says:

            As of this writing, odds for Obama are now actually better than they were just before the Repub. convention started, on both InTrade (Obama now over 57%) and at fivethirtyeight.com (Obama now over 71%). Oh, and fivethirtyeight has Obama with a slender 92% chance of winning Michigan.

            Of course I realize that someone who is advocating that election officials ignore court orders is the silliest sort of troll.

            • DrDick says:

              To call him a wanker would be to insult jackoffs.

            • Timb says:

              Not to mention his continued championing of the power of dirty money.

              It’s truly revealing that he sees elections as contests between sports team and likes to go to the away games to taunt the home crowd with “wait ’til our ace pitches.”

              He sounds like every Yankee fan I have have ever known, wo are ju allYankee prospects are the real deal and they’re gonna beat Boston this weekend!

        • Reasonable Commentator says:

          Don’t bother trying to talk sense into Joe Boyle. He spent the better part of 2008 beating off to HOPE posters while posting DNC talking points on the Reason.com blog, and there was no getting through to him.

          After the election he couldn’t defend Obama’s record on civil liberties and war so he ran away like the little Democrat pussy he is.

        • Look at the polls–Romney is doing better in Wisconsin and Michigan than Ohio.

          No, he’s not. RCP has Obama up 1.4 in Michigan, 1.4 in Ohio, and 1.2 in Michigan.

          You’re just…blah blah blah.

          Whatever. Try not being completely wrong about something before you mouth off like this.

          • Anonymous says:

            So you admit Romney is well within striking distance then? Romney is in a very strong position, better than McCain in 2008.

            • It’s called a convention bounce.

              Now Obama is going to go up by 6-10 points, and that will be a convention bounce, too.

              Romney is in a very strong position, better than McCain in 2008.

              Ah, so this guy you keep saying is going to win is in much better shape than the last guy you kept saying was going to win. That’s nice.

            • Joseph Slater says:

              Obama up to a 73% chance of winning tonight on fivethirtyeight.com. Meanwhile, on InTrade, Obama’s odds (already 12-13% points ahead of Romney) actually increased during Romney’s speech.

          • Timb says:

            If he did tht, he would never post!

            [oh, I get it]

        • Prodigal says:

          According to realclearpolitics, here’s the breakdown as of today:

          Michigan: Obama 48.2/Romney 46.8
          Wisconsin: Obama 47.0/Romney 45.8
          Ohio: Obama 46.6/Romney 45.2

          If anybody should be scared by those numbers, it isn’t those whom you argue should be the frightened ones.

    • Ben F says:

      JenBob Briggs here, reminding everyone that the key to success is to lie about polls and yell at your chair!

    • Anon21 says:

      I mean, it’s an encouraging number for Romney, but before you start measuring the drapes in the Oval Office, let me tell you about 2004. I also fell into the trap of saying “Okay, my candidate’s behind in practically every poll, but he’s barely behind. He could still win this thing!” That didn’t work out so well.

  6. Reasonable Commentator says:

    If Joe keeps making rosy predictions, I think I’ll paste some comments from 2004 about Kerry that I found.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hey a stalker, cool!

    • What a rich, meaningful life you lead.

      It must to nice to look back and think of how much you’ve mattered in the world.

      I’m teaching English and ESL in an inner-city school and serving on the Planning Board. Are you still habitually using Oxycontin?

      • Reasonable Commentator says:

        It’s so funny you think this is something to brag about.

        “I finally got a TEACHING job! Oh boy! I’m in a profession primarily made up of former housewives and poorly paid underachievers! I’ll make literally tens of thousands of dollars someday!”

        LMAO! Too bad you were never any good at anything that you can make real money in. Seriously, English? You couldn’t hack it as a math teacher at least?

      • Pville says:

        Well let’s not get to full of ourselves.
        You’ve been on the Planning Board for all of six hours and killed a guy and blew the city manager to get appointed. At least that’s what I heard.

    • Ben F says:

      Ah, of course; because one Republican won a Presidential election once, we can extrapolate that to mean that every Republican will win all the time!

  7. angry bitter drunk says:

    So that’s what that song’s about?

    Sadly, a good chuck of the world just knows that tune as Limbaugh’s bumper music…

    • That song is about urban planning.

      There was no train station, there was no downtown.

      My pretty countryside had been paved down the middle by a government that had no pride.

      All my favorite places/replaced by parking spaces.

      Etc.

  8. Huh.

    You suddenly got very angry when I slapped down a totally different commenter with a totally different handle.

    How does that work?

  9. JR in WV says:

    I’m not sure what many of the other posters were saying…

    And I didn’t watch or listen to the Republican party convention…

    But the bits I saw and heard on the web and on PBS were encouraging… Clint isn’t running for office, and Mitt is really Willard.

    No really Amurican voter will vote for Willard anybody.
    Mr. Romney will keep lying, and will attempt to debate with President Obama, but will discover his inability to compete.

    Hurray!

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