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The Quiet Part Loud


Republicans are really on top of their game today:

Why do Ohio Republicans suddenly feel so strongly about limiting early voting hours in Democratic counties? Franklin County (Columbus) GOP Chair Doug Preisse gave a surprisingly blunt answer to the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday: “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban—read African-American—voter-turnout machine.” Preisse is not some rogue operative but the chairman of the Republican Party in Ohio’s second-largest county and a close adviser to Ohio Governor John Kasich.

The biggest weakness of the Voting Rights Act is that it doesn’t apply to the entire country.

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  • I guess I really actually feel he should be wearing a white robe and hood when he says this

  • Fuckin’ blacks. Mobilizing and voting. Like they have the right or something. What assholes.

    • somethingblue

      Well, plus there’s a black guy on the ballot this time. Obvious conflict of interest for black voters. Shouldn’t they have to recuse themselves?

  • david mizner

    Funny. It seems he was worried people wouldn’t pick up on his coded lingo “urban” so he helpfully added: “read African-American.”

    • Hogan


    • mds

      Apparently, he doesn’t realize that the whistle isn’t supposed to be made from a dog.

      • Jameson Quinn


    • Cheap Wino

      I just assumed the ‘read African-American’ was added in the quote itself by whoever wrote the post at the link. After seeing this comment I went there to check. Sure, Berman at the Nation might have added it, but it did retain the full quote marks around the entire statement. So I go to the Dispatch original and, sure enough, that is the direct quote.

      Unfuckingbelievable. Subtext is no longer even necessary.

      • Gus

        What do you mean? He didn’t say n**ger, did he?

        • Hogan

          No, but I think he said “chains.” That’s just as bad, right?

          • Hogan

            It is! Whaddayaknow. I’m glad we knocked down your great-grampa’s stadium, asshole.

            • Malaclypse

              Bothsidesdoit! Whocouldaknowd?

    • dl

      i couldn’t put my finger on what exactly was so unusually horrible about the comment, but that’s it.

    • SamR

      “Am I being too subtle when I say urban? Will it be clear that I want to stop black people from voting? Better clarify.”

    • MB

      Didn’t want to upset the gays by insulting their fabulous voting soirées?

  • You can tell we live in a center-right nation when the center-right party is doing everything it can to make the electorate as unrepresentative as possible.

    • mpowell

      You’re confusing which party is center-right.

      • No, I’m using the term in the same sense as those who popularized it.

    • Furious Jorge

      Since when is the GOP center-right?

  • Cody

    Quick, go to the forums and tell everyone that the GOP is suppressing votes.

    Oh wait, close one, it turns out that they’re only requiring IDs to stop the zero cases of fraud it would affect.

    This is how people got into the Republican party. First they started with a silly argument (It’s needed and has no downside!), but now they’re going to just be saying “Blacks don’t need to vote!”

  • Malaclypse

    You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And once you get people used to all this, you’ll have pretty much come full circle, and can go back to complaining about the niggers. Plus Manju will have your back by then, and we all know how well-respected he will be by then.

    I don’t know why people usually cut that the last part of quote off.

  • I can deal with bigotry and self-serving behavior. That makes sense to me.

    But Jeesum Crepes the logical contradictions just drive me fucking insane.

    “Don’t want to contort the process to accommodate the black turnout machine.”

    That’s the fucking, opposite . . . the process is contorting itself against the, fucking . . .


    • Boudleaux

      Yes. The contortion is making the voting apparatus equally available to the urban areas.

      The reason his non-contortion is justified, of course, is that there is a voter-turnout “machine.” Now everyone know that a political “machine” is inherently bad. But, just look at the object of this one: “Voter-turnout.” This is tantamount to “Chicago-style” politics!

      • If I drive someone to the polls, I’m voting twice, right?

  • NJC

    FYI: Section 2 of the VRA does apply to the entire country, although it’s more difficult for Justice Department to use than Section 5.

  • Adam Parsons

    It’s worth noting that Preisse’s lobbying firm’s website includes links to the “Democrat National Committee,” the “Ohio Democrat Party,” and the “Franklin County Democrat Party.”

    Also, the Franklin County Republican Party is, in my experience, a weird thing. I used to know a man on the Central Committee (or at least he claimed to be – I never checked, and I can’t remember his name anymore) who, since he knew I was a historian, liked to try to convince me of the reliability of Ussher’s chronology.

  • Ian

    Can someone please explain to me why there aren’t uniform, nationwide regulations for federal elections? Would it be possible for Congress to pass a law specifying hours, methods of voter identification, types of ballots permitted, and so on? Or is there some constitutional reason that counties (!) can make up their own rules?

  • DrDick

    They aren’t even trying to hide it anymore. First Akin’s bullshit about “legitimate rape” and now this.

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