President Obama Teleconference to call for restoration of the Voting Rights Act

Chris Wallace, moderator of The Hunger Games GOP presidential debate on FAUX News, plans ‘some doozies’ to ask the candidates.

voting-rights-act-signed-16x91Hmmm, I wonder whether he will begin by reminding the candidates that “Today is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” and ask them where they stand on GOP voter suppression tactics enacted in Red States since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the enforcement provisions of the Voting Rights Act, and whether they are willing to pledge to restore the enforcement provisions of the Voting Rights Act?

Bwahahaha! This is never going to happen. The last time that Chris Wallace asked a “gotcha” question in the 2012 presidential debates, disgraced former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich fed him to the rabid dogs of the FAUX News audience seated behind him. Newt Gingrich BLASTS Chris Wallace for his “Gotcha” Questions at IA Debate. Wallace’s butt-pucker expression was priceless.

Since the media villagers are all going to be focused on this clown car wreck of a GOP debate instead of the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the White House is doing some counter-programming of its own that will likely elicit little attention from the feckless media.

The Hill reports, Obama to call for Voting Rights Act restoration on law’s anniversary:

President Obama will call for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act on its 50th anniversary Thursday, the White House said.

Obama will hold a teleconference to commemorate the landmark legislation and call for its renewal, following a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that voided one of its central provisions.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who rose to prominence in the 1960s as a civil rights leader, will participate.

The event will allow Obama to draw a sharp contrast with Republicans, many of whom argue some provisions of the 1965 law went too far. It will take place on the same day as the first GOP presidential primary debate. 

Asked about the timing of the event, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that “one person’s irony is another person’s serendipity.”

“Maybe there will be an opportunity for Republican candidates to discuss the right for every American to cast a vote,” he added.

In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a part of the law that required nine Southern states with a history of racial discrimination to obtain federal approval before changing their voting laws.

That paved the way for states such as North Carolina and Texas to adopt strict rules requiring voters to bring specific identification to the polls.

Democrats say those laws are meant to discourage minorities from voting, but Republicans say they are intended to cut down on voter fraud.

Democrats in Congress want legislation to provide new voter protections, but GOP leaders have slammed the brakes on new voting rights bills.

Earnest said “the administration is very interested in trying to make some progress” on voting rights, adding that officials have discussed strategy with Democratic lawmakers.

So if you can’t stomach another GOP debate, check out whitehose.gov tomorrow for information on this Teleconference for restoration of the Voting Rights Act.

3 responses to “President Obama Teleconference to call for restoration of the Voting Rights Act

  1. “That paved the way for states such as North Carolina and Texas to adopt strict rules requiring voters to bring specific identification to the polls.”

    What an onerous requirement…that you actually be able to prove you are who you say you are before you can vote. How awful!

    • AZ BlueMeanie

      You wrote your troll comment unaware that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals had just struck down the Texas voter ID law as an onerous requirement that violates a citizen’s right to vote. Fail.

      • Oh well. You win some, you lose some. I guess we will have to wait for the Supreme Court to make the actual decision…