Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Eating crow on voter ID


For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?” 

– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

What idiot pundit said this:

Okay Fitzgerald, the courts have ruled. Are you going to wait for the appeals process or are you going to call Governor Scott Walker and ask him to call a special session? I bet everyone in both chambers is just going to love returning to Madison to fix something that could have been fixed in March.

D’oh! It was me!

In case you missed the news Friday, Wisconsin’s voter ID law was reinstated by a federal court of appeals and will likely be in effect for the November election. While there was some accommodations made because of the state Supreme Court’s decision on voter ID, the bill survives without having to be rewritten by the legislature. Looks like Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald  gets to say, “I told you so.”

Hey, I wasn’t the only conservative to get this wrong. Our friends at Media Trackers used the issue (as did Senator Grothman and Rep Duey Stroebel) in their scorched earth campaign against State Senator Joe Leibham in the Wisconsin sixth congressional district primary. Here was a case of differing on tactics and trying to turn it into a difference of principle, or at least simulate a difference of principle, in order to gain a wedge issue in a Republican primary.

I’m sure the Leibham supporters will be thrilled to hear of Schacht’s Hillary Clinton impression, “But honestly, who cares? !”

We don’t know if this was enough to give Grothman the margin of victory, but since (their candidate) Stroebel lost, too, our friends at Media Trackers will find the taste of crow just a little bitter and slightly smoked from the bridges burned in that campaign.

Unfortunately crow was not on the menu at the 5 O’Clock club in Pewaukee Friday night when I went for fish fry. They did, however, have the Crispy Duck Wing Drummies.

By the way, I was right, and continue to be right, when I wrote this:

By the way, both parties are missing an opportunity here. If the Republicans really believe voters should present picture identification, and the Democrats believe too few elderly and minorities have photo identification, and from a practical point of view it’s almost impossible to be fully involved in society without photo identification, then Republicans and Democrats should come up with a plan to increase the number of elderly and minorities that have photo identification.


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