Skip to comments.Pelosi: Republicans are attacking Holder to help states purge voter rolls (She's flippin' out)
Posted on 06/22/2012 3:01:13 AM PDT by Libloather
Pelosi: Republicans are attacking Holder to help states purge voter rolls
By Mike Lillis - 06/21/12 01:40 PM ET
Republicans are attacking Attorney General Eric Holder to help states purge their voting rolls ahead of November's elections, the top House Democrat charged Thursday.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday's committee vote to hold Holder in contempt of Congress and next week's scheduled floor vote on the same resolution represent a thinly veiled Republican scheme to distract the attorney general from his fight against state laws that have erected new hurdles to voting and registration, hurdles that would suppress areas that tend to vote Democratic.
"They're going after Eric Holder because he is supporting measures to overturn these voter-suppression initiatives in the states," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "This is no accident, it is no coincidence, it is a plan."
Holder has been under fire from Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for his response to the panel's investigation into the "Fast and Furious" program, a botched gun-running operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and other Republicans claim Holder is withholding documents investigators need to examine the program fully.
On Wednesday, the panel Republicans voted unanimously on a contempt resolution against Holder, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has vowed to bring the measure to the floor next week unless Holder releases the requested documents first. Democrats on the panel unanimously rejected the charge.
Pelosi has defended Holder against the charges of stonewalling, arguing that the Department of Justice has bent over backward to comply with Issa's demands.
"The administration made every attempt to make every document available to them [Republicans]," Pelosi said Thursday. "I was present when the president said that to the Speaker."
But Pelosi's sharper message was her claim that the "Fast and Furious" investigation is just a smokescreen for the Republicans' true goal of preventing the attorney general from working to dismantle state-based GOP election laws, including new voter ID and registration requirements.
The contempt vote, Pelosi added, marked a "frivolous" use of a "really important vehicle to undermine the person who's assigned to stop the voter suppression in our country."
"I'm telling you, this is connected. It is no accident, it is a decision, and it is as clear as can be," she said. "It's not only to monopolize his time, it's to undermine his name."
At issue are a slew of state laws adopted over the last two years by Republican lawmakers in the name of preventing voter fraud. At least five states, for instance, have adopted new photo ID requirements that will be in place in November, according to New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. Two states installed stringent restrictions on voter registration drives, Brennan found, and three others have shortened the period that allows voters to cast an early ballot if they can't get to the polls on Election Day.
Critics, including most Democrats, contend the new laws are politically motivated efforts to suppress voter turnout, particularly in poor and minority communities that tend to vote Democratic.
In response, the DOJ under Holder has gone after some of those laws. Earlier this month, for instance, the agency sued Florida over Gov. Rick Scott's (R) effort to drop thousands of potentially ineligible voters from the state's voting rolls.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), a longtime critic of the new state election laws, said Thursday that Democrats are "very concerned" that the higher hurdles to voting and registration will prevent eligible voters from casting a ballot in November.
In a sit-down with reporters in his office in the Capitol, Hoyer said party leaders including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), who heads the Democratic National Committee, and Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the third-ranking House Democrat are scrambling to organize education efforts to help voters navigate the new state rules.
"We're going to have, literally, tens of thousands of people working between now and Nov. 6 to make sure people understand how they can comply and help them comply because we won't be able to change the rules [before then]," he said.
Take one talking point from column A and one from column B...
Yeah ... so ?
Farmers who have cows,or horses have a machine that takes the waste products of these animals and throws it into the fields. It is driven behind a tractor and spreads the manure over the fields .
Nancy Pelosi and her suckbut Steny Hoyer are the human copy of this machine. They throw crap into the air and it comes down all over the Democrats.
Pelosi is in effect a human Manure spreader.
And that's a pattern you'd definitely recognize, now wouldn't you, Nancy?
Quick! Someone give her a broom and a pointy black hat and send her on her way!
Quick! Someone give her a broom and a pointy black hat and send her on her way!
If you watch the video she’s obviously drunk. Now we know why she kept a hundred thousand dollars worth of booze on that jet she used to have as Speaker.
Pelosi obviously accepts the deaths of 2 BATF agents, and the deaths of 300 + Mexican citizens as collateral damage to the establishment of her Utopia.
This is liberal fascism.
Pelosi and the entire Obama movement deserve the hatred and contempt of a nation of free people.
It is becoming more obvious to the People that they need rid of the Obama liberal fascists , post haste. Pelosi’s goose is so thoroughly cooked, one wonders why even the propaganda media listens to her about anything.
He is trying to go around the Supreme Court law on Photo ID's
Gadzooks! Nancy, Nancy, Nancy... that's pure horsehockey--
You know darn well that we Right-Wingers only targeted Holder... in order to get all those fat folks in New York City to stop drinking those huge fast food sodas!
And, Bend, even here in Spain, we can see that Nancy is wrong. You guys are jumping on Holder... to keep those nasty-mouth bus kids off that old lady's back.
Nancy, if truth be known. The GOP is dumping on Holder... to keep Justin Bieber from visiting the "Sixteenth Chapel."
Nancy, the GOP didn't attack that scumbag Attorney General Holder... I did!
Looks like I picked the wrong day... to expect Nancy to be sane--
From now on, it is okay to call me Shirley... Just don't call me 'Nancy!'
See, this is why one shouldn’t inject neurotoxins into one’s face.
Just tie her hands together & she won’t be able to talk.
Crazy, stupid and socialist is no way to go through life, Nancy.
That would be dead people, illegal aliens, and convicted felons, among others.
Nancy...youre forgetting the Aricept ......its in the medicine cabinet...top shelf...toward the back...go get some.
She couldn’t possibly be flipping out because EH knows where some of her skeletons are buried, could she? She is defending him tooth and nail along with a lot of other corrupt people. If he goes under the bus, the black pampers won’t have anyone to watch out for them.
What is certainly connected is Stedman’s tacit support of the Black Pampers intimidating white voters in Philadelphia.
Methinks they really mean to circumnavigate the rules i.e. find a way around them.
The witch was Speaker when the black panthers armed with clubs threatened white voters at a Philly voting place and said nothing. Now she claims Holder is upholding voting rights.....Holder the same guy who refused to prosecute the black panther thugs because they were ....black. You can’t make this $5it up!!
I’ve seen this happen many times before, namely Democrats somehow forgetting that they had manufactured all of their pernicious lies, then coming to believe them as if they were true, with a willing media ready and able to pass them along.
I have always been amazed that they still use the ledger size paper that is continuous feed - the greenbar paper, which has to cost a fortune today - and manually check you off as you come vote.
From a technology and common sense perspective, purging the voter roles would be very easy.
About 140 million filed taxes last year, so you could run a query from that system for all of those over the age of 17 and are citizens of the US, and there you go an updated voter list.
Automate the listing to a webpage. Bring your ID or tax return to your polling place. The person would check you off as you prove you are you. System backs up after every time the enter button is pressed. Once you are checked off ing the system you would not be able to vote again ANYWHERE. This way would eliminate absentee voting - if you are in Florida on election day, go up to a polling place, show your ID, get checked off the list, vote, done!
I know that this can be done, it is done with other websites that only allow you go enter a contest only once.
Yes, I know that this is a dreamworld idea, but it would work and perhaps get more people to vote.
Nancy makes a stupid statement like this, and the media turns right around and blames Republicans for polarization in politics.
There she goes again...making up her own reality!
When you support people who lie, you have to do what they do! This is so absurd; guess this is one of “consider the source’ statements.
I think she is going for some kind of record this week.