On the same theme of snooty Northern liberals living forever in 1960, and looking down their noses at the New South which is kicking their butts economically...
The Voting Rights Act was enacted in 1965, and applies only to 9 Southern states.[How did Alaska get in there?] So it fits the liberal mantra perfectly...who can be against "Voting Rights"? And who can be against insulting the Southern states, and labelling its population racist....especially since these states are now reliably Republican.
It’s the easiest thing in the world for a liberal like Hilary Rosen to be in favor of the extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Most of the states affected by the act are reliably Republican, so the pointlessness of the exercise and the insult to those states’ voters is of little consequence.
It is always right to ask if anyone’s right to vote is being frustrated. However, that is no longer part of the analysis of the utility of the Voting Rights Act. No serious review suggests that the states covered by the act (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia) are disproportionately inclined to violate voters’ rights more than a host of other states. In fact, in a tweet today, it was reported that an Obama Justice Department attorney told the Supreme Court justices that Massachusetts has the worst modern record of minority voter registration — and Mississippi has the best.
Yet it’s irresistible for liberals to demagogue and hand-wring over the very notion that the Voting Rights Act may no longer be applicable as it was intended. If voters’ rights are being threatened, then they need to be protected. But where is the evidence that the states that needed Justice Department oversight in 1965 still exclusively need such oversight today?
If the act is good for the modern South, then why isn’t it good for the rest of the country?
"If we think the act is useful in the nine states referenced in the Voting Rights Act, then why don’t we think it’s good for every other state? I would be for that. More protection is better than less protection. It’s the American way to be fair and not to punish one generation for the sins of a previous generation."
"Rather than take the easy route, Rosen and her crowd should acknowledge the truth and either let the Voting Rights Act slip into history or refresh and renew it for all 50 states."