Michael Hamar

Bob McDonnell and Cuccinelli Ignore Voting Rights Act

Filed By Michael Hamar | April 25, 2010 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: Bob McDonnell, idiots, Jim Crow laws, Ken Cuccinelli, racists, voting rights

It's one embarrassment after another under the three stooges regime of Taliban Bob and Ken Kookinelli. Virginians have been subjected first to the anti-gay debacle launched by Kookinelli and then we had the "Confederate History" debacle. McDonnell4.jpgRecently, we saw McDonnell's trangender ex-sister in-law speak out at a gay rights rally in Richmond, and now we have the McDonnell/Kookinelli agenda to keep [black] ex-felons disqualified to vote.

It is a sad day that Virginia has descended from the glory days of Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers to a bunch of religious extremist boobs. Stated another way, while much of the world has embraced the Enlightenment intellectualism of Jefferson, Virginia under McDonnell and Kookinelli has backslid to a glorification of the Confederacy and Jim Crow laws that disenfranchised black Americans.

The trouble is that Kookinelli - who thinks he knows all things on all subjects - failed to remind McDonnell of the inconvenient fact that federal law trumps state law and a little thing called the Voting Rights Act takes precedent over the GOP effort to keep black former felons - i.e., those likely to vote Democrat - disqualified from voting. The Washington Post has coverage on McDonnell's latest adventure in figuratively stepping in dog s*hit. Here are some highlights:

The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has written a letter to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) to ask why Virginia has not obtained preclearance under the federal Voting Rights Act to implement changes to the state's process to allow felons to get their voting rights restored.

Virginia...may not implement any change in a 'voting qualification or prequalification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting' unless and until preclearance is obtained from either the United States Attorney General or the United States District Court for the District of Columbia," the letter states.

The attorney general's office did respond to a request for comment.

I hate to say it, but not only is Kookinelli crazy, but he's an idiot to boot.

You can check out the full letter calling him out [pdf]. One can only hope that sometime soon Kookinelli will so over step the line that he ends up removed from office.

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Margaretpoa Margaretpoa | April 25, 2010 11:47 AM

This is what you can expect when you stay home on election day. Democrats stayed home and now these idiots are in charge in Virginia. I'm not a Democrat. I'm not a fan of most Democrats. That's because that these days mainstream Dems are somewhere to the right of Ronald Reagan. The Health Insurance Company Welfare and Pharmaceutical Charity Act of 2010 that Obama just signed is almost identical to the Republican alternative to the Clinton Bill in 1993. That being said, even if you have no motivation to go to the polls, even if you're pissed about the way things are going in DC, even though the Democrats would sell you out for a campaign contribution, until we have a VIABLE alternative, they are much better than the Republicans. Look at what's happening in Virginia. Look at New Jersey where the new Republican governor is cutting thousands of teachers so he can lower taxes for the wealthy and pay his aides millions. This is what you get when you can't be bothered because you feel they are all the same. I'm sick of having to chose between the lesser of two evils but this is the result when we don't.

I still think all ballots should have a "none of the above" choice to them.

So, basically, he could still ban felons from voting if he gets preclearance? Considering how many other states already ban felons from voting for life, it's not too hard to imagine him getting it.

And it's completely shameful that there are states that do that, and more shameful that few people care. Everyone should have a right to participate in their government. Yes, these laws are generally set up to target people of a certain race, but they couldn't happen if there weren't Americans willing to believe that if you commit a crime once then you've given up any rights you had and can/should be punished for as long as the government wants, however the government wants. America has a sick authoritarian streak in its culture.

I'm not sure what to say. As one of the "thinking people" of Virginia, we are humiliated that we allowed this to happen.

John Rutledge | April 26, 2010 1:25 PM

It is embarrassing to admit I am a native Virginian. I voted. I helped to get out the vote. It was an unfortunate campaign, much as I like and admire Creigh Deeds. In any event, we are planning to leave the Commonwealth asap. I can only hope the current regime so thoroughly embarrases itself they are run out of office sooner than later.

John, I don't think the current regime in Virginia knows embarrassment or shame...they are mindless and have empathy or conscience. They have nothing but the right-wing, christian agenda guiding them.

Oh, by the way, John, on a personal note I'm sorry your leaving the Commonwealth but I do understand how hard it is to live here now. My family came to Virginia in the early 1630s to escape reliigious tyranny in England. While religious themselves, they wanted to be in an accepting environment. Virginia today definitely is not the accepting environment that drew them here four centuries ago. Such social regression is a great tragedy for this Commonwealth.