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Finally, the Paper of Record Discovers America’s Loneliest Civil Rights Crusader, Mitch McConnell

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This was an actual headline of an article published in the New York Times in 2015:

Mitch McConnell’s Commitment to Civil Rights Sets Him Apart

I wonder what this civil rights crusader thinks about Shelby County?

The Kentucky Republican said the heart of the historic anti-discrimination law remains intact, and the Supreme Court correctly ended the need for certain states to get federal permission before making any changes to their voting procedures.

“What was struck down were the provisions that absurdly treated the South differently,” McConnell told USA TODAY. “They don’t apply anymore. It’s 50 years later.”

His comments seem to doom any chance Congress will act this year to update the law and restore the strict federal oversight of cities and states with a history of discriminating against minority voters.

Yes, it certainly seems unpossible that a southern legislature today would pass disenfranchisement measures that targeted African-Americans with “almost surgical precision.”

And then, that Senator whose civil rights achievements nobody recognized would steal a Supreme Court seat to ensure that Shelby County remained good law and that civil rights statutes would get the narrowest possible interpretation, while enabling an openly racist Republican president. But, to be Scrupulously Fair, I have no record of Mitch McConnell having used a private email server.

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