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MSNBC's Bashir Warns GOP 'Playing Dirty' with 'Voter Restriction Laws'

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Acting as a televised press release for the Democratic National Committee, MSNBC's Martin Bashir today brought on DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) to argue that new voter ID laws in several states of the Union are an attempt by Republicans to "suppress" the votes of "minorities" and college-aged voters, two groups that historically trend Democratic.

True to MSNBC form, no Republican was brought on for rebuttal and the most cynical and racist of motives were attributed to Republicans right out of the gate (MP3 audio available here; video posted after page break)

"The 15th Amendment says, 'The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged,' so, why does the Democratic National Committee feel the need to launch a new effort to protect this most sacred right?" Bashir asked in his introductory monologue prior to interviewing Wasserman Schultz.

The constitutional amendment that Bashir referenced, you may notice, was a post-Civil War Amendment safeguarding the right of citizens to vote regardless of "race, color, or previous condition of servitude."

From the get-go Bashir was hinting that Republicans are seeking to abridge the rights of blacks to vote.

"Republicans have introduced laws in at least 40 states that would make voting more difficult," Bashir ominously warned, voicing over an on-screen graphic showing those states shaded in yellow and entitled [emphasis mine] "Voter Restriction Laws Proposed or Passed."

What's more, Bashir complained, "today they're voting on a bill that would decimate the Election Assistance Commission, the last line of defense against electoral fraud." With that preface out of the way, Bashir introduced the DNC chairwoman and tossed out the first softball:


"What is the EAC and what happens to it if this Republican-backed bill were to pass?" Bashir asked.

"Well, the EAC, like you said, is the last line of defense for making sure that voter fraud is investigated and that there are consequences for engaging in that," Schultz answered, charging the GOP for hypocrisy in "attempt[ing] to abolish the commission" even as the GOP has complained about voter fraud and responded with "voter suppression laws."

"These voter suppression laws that have passed around the country, Martin, have just been unbelievable," Wasserman Schultz groused. At no point did Bashir challenge her specious rhetoric or pose challenges to her reasoning.

For example, Wasserman Schultz said that while "for a student in Texas, even a state university-issued ID is not acceptable as a photo ID" but that a "gun license" is.

As I've demonstrated in a previous NewsBusters post, college IDs in Texas don't list addresses or dates of birth, while concealed carry permits do. What's more, to OBTAIN a student ID at the University of Texas, Austin, for example, one needs to prove who s/he is by showing up at the registrar's office with, you guessed it, a government-issued photo ID.

"It's very transparent who they're trying to block from the polls and who they're trying to block from the polls and who they want to smooth the path for," the DNC chief insisted.

In other words, Texas Republicans want conservative gun-toters to vote but not liberal-leaning college kids, but she has no evidence to present to back up her claim. An objective journalist would have a healthy skepticism about Wasserman Schultz's claims, but Bashir let that comment slide.

Bashir briefly played devil's advocate by noting that "we do have to produce a photo ID when we go to an airport," so, "what's the big issue with photo IDs?"

After Wasserman Schultz responded that it was an "obstacle" to get "certain kinds of people to the polls," Bashir took at turn at partisan flame-throwing on behalf of the Democrats.

"And of course you'll know that Herman Cain's campaign manager, the disheveled smoker Mark Block, had been found guilty for his role in voter suppression in Wisconsin, so I guess Herman Cain won't be in favor of your approach, will he?" Bashir snarked.

On top of his partisan hackery, Bashir got his facts wrong. Block was never convicted of any crime but he did reach a settlement in 1997 with the Wisconsin State Elections Board, paying a $15,000 fine "without admitting guilt" to an allegation of violating a state campaign finance law.


#1 Worm

This guy is a worm, I can't stand the sight or sound of him.

#2 If

anyone knows about dirt, it's this buffoon. Why is it a slap against Blacks and ID"S? The Blacks I know all have picture id's. In fact, most citizens of this country have them so what is the big deal. When you vote, show your ID. Very simple procedure. If you don't have one, get one and obey the law,and vote.

#3 Basher and Dopey whine together.

Oh goodness gracious...that broadcast would have been so painful to watch...

#4 You can't get welfare, unemployment,

. . . social security, etc checks without a photo ID. What's the big deal about having one to vote? Oh, yeah. . .dead people can't get photo IDs!

Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment.

#5 He's just p-ed off illegals,

He's just p-ed off illegals, dead people, Bugs Bunny and his friends can't vote D anymore.

"It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country"......Will Durant

#6 I believe all should have a

I believe all should have a positive picture ID to show when they vote. Will that stop the truly determined cheaters ... no but it will stop the ones who don't want top take the chance of getting caught.

I have often wondered if one is a vagabond with no physical address other than a tent or camper then how would they vote? How do ya determine where they live?

Nuke em til they glow; then shoot em in the dark

#7 Hey Debbie you stupid twit!!!

Here in Broward County (you know, where you live).....we MUST show photo ID to vote. Also, once you've shown your ID, you have to then verbally TELL the poll worker your address, which is checked against your ID and registration.

I'm sure she forgot about THAT though.

Like I said, stupid twit.

#8 Then they decide on the

Then they decide on the intent of your vote by reading the chad?

Nuke em til they glow; then shoot em in the dark

#9 Not anymore, Dan

After the chad debacle, we got electronic voting.

But that was deemed hackable, so now we have multiple-choice style bubble in the vote thing....then you feed it into the counter thingy. Not hackable *rolls eyes*.

#10 Or perhaps it means she's

Or perhaps it means she's never voted. Either way demonstrates she should keep her mouth shut.

#11 Same here

In Indiana Blonde. They ask for photo ID and ask you your date of birth and then they send you to the booth.

Next time i get pulled over by the Police for something I did wrong ( i refuse to wear a seat belt, whole other story) i think i will refuse to produce a picture ID.

Motor City Madman said it best -

#12 This is a leftwingers idea....

of election day 'fairness and equality'.

MLK is rolling over in his grave... providing proof that your vote is legal is NOT too much to ask. In fact it's a gross dereliction of our governments duty (and it's citizenry) to even entertain that thought. The idea that something so precious as our votes could be so easily diluted is outrageous. Americans frequently have to prove their identity for many many things far less important than voting.

Once again the dipsticks have managed to move the goalposts. Now we have to struggle just to achieve the most fundamental of lowest common denominators. Congrats Leftwingers... the bar sinks ever lower.

FearMonger Out.

#13 Voter FRAUD laws.

Stop lying, Bashir. It makes you look stupid.

#14 the moment Bashir wakes up,

the moment Bashir wakes up, opens his eyes, he IS stupid.

#15 two rights that make a wrong

Two inalienable rights according to dems... the right to not be asked your immigration status and your right to not prove you are eligible to vote.  

#16 Exactly!

And most Americans are catching on to Democrats and this world view of theirs. It fits in neatly with their new 2012 campaign approach to ignore the WWC (white working class).

Apparently, only non-white illegal homeless people will vote Democrat in 2012.

#17 Bashir is correct

The purpose of these laws IS to suppress the vote, the votes of people who are voting fraudulently. 

  This will especially hurt the votes of the wino's and drug addled homeless who are bused around from precinct to precinct.  I mean, this is a serious blow to their incomes.

#18 MA, the dems guide to voter fraud

is right here.

Every thing a good dem precinct worker needs to know to make sure that all of those dem votes get counted. 

And, the bottom portion explains why SEIU wants the contracts for servicing voting machines.

To re-elect Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again.

#19 One learns more just

watching two blades of grass than actually listening to these two twits.

That's just my opinion; I could be wrong. -- Dennis Miller

#20 the next time

Before anybody on welfare recieves another check, they should have to get some kind of id.

#21 These morons know obama needs

These morons know obama needs the illegal alien, and cemetary vote.

Non, je ne regrette rien. "You aren't angry because I might be a racist, you're angry because you know I'm right".

#22 Don't Forget the DNC Motto....

..."Vote Early, Vote Often"...

#23 I gave the voting registrar.... license as ID before I voted in NH recently. She looked up at me and said, " you don't need that here". So I asked for an inkwell inwhich to dip my finger. She was f'ing clueless.


"All great change in America begins at the dinner table" Ronald Reagan, Jan 21, 1981

#24 playing dirty???

you ain't seen nothin yet !!!


#26 The day is coming...

When the LEGAL citizens of this GREAT country take it back from the a$$hats that have pretty much ran it into the ground; and the day will come when the people have had it with the Libstream media and their arrogant, condescending outright lies in their reporting.

I'm looking forward to these future days..

"The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps..." General Alexander A. Vandergrift, USMC to the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, 5 May 1946

#27 Voter ID's

Someone needs to tell Mr. Bashir that the "poor" get food stamps and other welfare essentials, and that the "poor" MUST already have a State Photo ID before they can get ANY of these services! There's no logical reason that they can't use this same State ID to vote!

#28 Voter ID

Here in Colorado Voter ID Laws work quite well. The only two counties that "balk" at these laws are Denver County and Pueblo County---both heavily Democrat Counties. Recently a Judge sided with these two counties, in that they DO NOT have to follow Colorado State Voting Laws!!! Actually, this is a scandal, when a Judge tells two counties that they do not have to abide by the Voter Laws of their state! Ouch! We finally have a Republican Secretary of State, who last year just happened to find 12,000 "illegal" voters---5,000 of which voted in November of 2010! Have any questions of which counties the bulk of those "illegal voters" came from?????

#29 Bashir and his bottom feeding

Bashir and his bottom feeding ilk are just stirring the pot by telling outright lies about voting requirements to get the uninformed riled up. They need to be called out on this. We need a couple of more Conservative news channels on tv to get the TRUTH out to ALL the people

"The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps..." General Alexander A. Vandergrift, USMC to the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, 5 May 1946

#30 I have an idea

All the democrats who don't want ID to vote should also not require ID to draw money from their bank accounts. That way I can go to their bank, say I am them and just withdraw all the money. How F'in hard is it to show an ID? What ultra maroons.

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