This week's Left Brain, Right Brain digs into the institutionalized hypocrisy of the Democratic Party:
Lance Dutson: You have to love Democrats. Everywhere you turn, they’re screaming about voter disenfranchisement.
Want people to show ID at the polls to discourage fraud? No way! That’s voter suppression. Want to give town clerks the time to process the crush of Election Day voting by asking people to register a few days ahead of time? No way! Slackers deserve to vote, too!
In Oregon, liberals have even made it so voters don’t even have to leave the couch — they can mail in their ballots. And in Maine, liberals in Portland and Lewiston have even pushed for noncitizens to be able to vote.
But now, the Democratic presidential candidate is going to be chosen by a select group of political oligarchs called superdelegates. So, Steven, is the bottom line that Democrats believe in voting, just as long as it doesn’t threaten their power?
Steven Biel: Republican efforts to suppress voting rights are an abomination, and pointing fingers at Democrats won’t change that.
You pass voter ID laws that allow people to vote with an NRA membership card but not with a student ID. The Republican Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, allowing Republicans to shut down polling places in heavily Democratic areas. All in the name of preventing the nonexistent problem of voter impersonation.
Lance: Increasing voter participation is a laudable goal, but is that really what Democrats are interested in? Or are you just trying to game the system for partisan advantage?
This superdelegate situation is so hypocritical, it’s hard to even describe. If you believe so much in voting, why don’t you let the voters choose your nominee?