Tuesday, November 22, 2005

ABH: Um...about that Voter ID Law? Our bad.

So, despite coming out against any changes to the Voter ID Law just three weeks ago, the ABH takes a step back and thinks that maybe they were a leeeeeetle too hasty.

Amazing what a little overt racism does to your position, huh?

Of course no one wants to be on Sue Burmeister’s side anymore, not since she got caught with her sheet down in front of the Department of Justice and the AJC.  That’s why State Senator Cecil Staton (R-Macon) is getting it together to tweak the law just a little bit.

For what it’s worth, we think Staton is on the right track, sort of.  If, for instance, ID’s were issued from local government offices (perhaps the local Board of Elections, which is usually centrally located, often in the county courthouse in smaller towns), and were made available for free (without having to go through the soul-crushing loss of dignity that signing a pauper’s affidavit would require), that would go a long way towards eliminating some of the problems that the opponents of this bill have with it.  It also has the side benefit of making Staton look more bipartisan, and more interested in working with both sides to find solutions.  It goes without saying that this is a quality sadly lacking in most Republicans in Georgia.  It also goes without saying that having that reputation only helps in an election year.

Don’t get us wrong, though.  The best fix for the law is to repeal the damn thing altogether.  But we like compromise sometimes too.

One big question we have is whether this law will even be revisited at all during the 2006 session.  The journey through the courts will probably last long enough to give the GOP some political cover, which is why the Democrats should make it one of their top priorities.  And, as you know, the Gubner hath decreed that 2006 will be a quiet year under the Dome o’ Gold.  (He’s gotta run fer re-election, yo.)

With respect to this law, we’d like to see three things, politically speaking, in the 2006 session.
  1. Staton introduces his changes.

  2. A Democrat (we’d suggest Vincent Fort [D-Atlanta]) introduces a measure to repeal the thing altogether.

  3. A Republican and a Democrat co-sponsor a resolution to censor Burmeister for her comments, which passes.
Will any of this happen?  Probably not.  But if you’ve learned anything from us, we hope it’s this: Political navel-gazing can be fun.


Dawg Corleone said...

Slight correction: Burmeister would not be "censored," she would be censured.

Publius said...

My mistake, although really, either would be fine.

monticello_pres said...
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monticello_pres said...

Sue Burmeister has come out and made Bob Barr look progressive. I am totally amazed these remarks have hit print. And you are right, either censured or censored are postive steps.

Having said that, everyone who is jumping on her knows that her comments, while over the top and irrational, did hit at least somewhat close to home. There have been problems in the Augusta voting system (and legal system - but that's another post) for years. It does have elements of corruption even greater than the isolated incidents that can appear anywhere. That is just truth. And that is why some folks have jumped and hollared so quickly and so loudly about her comments.

It's like conversations about ex-girlfriends. If someone says your ex was a total loon, it only upsets you if they are correct.

But before you drop a scud on this post, know that I think her comments were unfair, broad-brushing, and obviously irrational. Any comments that start "all ____" are are ridiculous. Nothing good can come from those types of statements and anything that follows that type of statement is moot in my opinion. After all, we all know that some whites can jump... some blacks are bad athletes... some hispanics are legal... some muslims love peace... some southerners marry outside their family... some yankees don't wear pinkie rings... some asians can drive... some governments are efficient... and some UGA profs hold class on fall break Wednesdays.

Well, all of us except Sue.