What an opportunity!!! And what a brilliant move by the Chief Justice of the SCOTUS. I always thought he was just another conservative in a black robe. Ah, but by leading the disemboweling of the Voter Rights Act, he’s actually tossed a lifeline to his struggling, floundering party, the GOP.
Though justice is supposed to be blind, CJ Roberts’ has eagle eyes.
Here’s his scheme, and it’s mighty clever. He’s crippled the hard fought, long-gestating voter rights gains by gutting the bill and sending it back to Congress. Who runs the Congress? Today it’s the GOP. And if they can pull together with the Democrats, just this once, they’ll look like heroes, a complete turnaround from their current status as doorstoppers.
All they have to do is one time, I repeat, one time, pull together for minorities. They’ll change the metrics; juggle the formula (key word, here) for identifying areas this will affect. It’ll be taken from the former bill with updated statistics and pass it again. The GOP are masters at gerrymandering. This should be a cakewalk for them.
This is an unbelievable opportunity to win back the Black and Hispanic vote that has fled the party in droves. And along with it will come some women’s support which they’ve almost totally lost. While putting the focus on voter rights, they won’t have to address the comprehensive immigration bill that they never wanted anyway. The public will forgive them for that. So in essence, they will pass a bill that will get them back in public favor and they won’t have to deal with a bill that would deliver millions of potential voters to their adversaries, the Democrats. And if by some chance they do pass immigration reform, they might actually get a good percentage of those voters, 13 years down the line, to register Republican.
I call that a win-win.
Minorities will see it as the GOP riding to their rescue. They will immediately consider the Repubs as their saviors. And the Democrats will be powerless to stop the turnaround in the public’s conception that the Republicans hate minorities, women and the poor. Their 2016 Presidential hopes will become a real possibility. The 2014 midterms could actually show them making gains and maybe even taking over the Senate. But they have to swallow that one poison pill – and new VRA.
What a genius that Roberts is. He has tossed a bone to Boehner. A chance to save his position as Speaker and at the same time, turn around the total image of his well-tarnished party.
So what will it be, Mr. Speaker? Are you going to take up Chief Justice Roberts’ most diabolical opportunity, the chance to go down in history as a great leader, or will you live up to your nickname, Speaker Bonehead? The ball and the bill are now in your court.