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Yes, the RNC Really DID Support Federal Oversight of State Elections (Good piece)
PJ Media ^ | July 28, 2013 | J. Christian Adams

Posted on 07/29/2013 9:01:31 AM PDT by jazusamo

On a July day in 2006, the entire Republican caucus was invited to hear a private debate in a meeting room in the Capitol. Scores of GOP members attended, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert. At issue was whether the federal government should continue to have control over every election-law change in sixteen states, including Texas, California, Florida, and South Carolina. Federal power over the states was set to expire. On one side of the debate was lawyer Mike Carvin, who argued that federal oversight should end.

Carvin’s opponent arguing for continued federal power to review election changes like voter ID wasn’t a Democrat, or even a zealot from the NAACP.

Instead, opposing Carvin’s constitutionalist viewpoint and advocating for federal oversight of state elections was the former chief counsel to the Republican National Committee (RNC). Also on that side was a group of RNC consultants and lawyers who remained active in RNC policy advancing this viewpoint in the following years.

Top Republicans in Congress listened to the two sides – Carvin arguing for an end to federal oversight of state elections, and the RNC side arguing for continued oversight with even tougher new burdens on states. House Republicans eventually sided with the RNC point of view, and passed the 2006 reauthorization of federal preclearance power a few days after the debate.

In June 2013, the Supreme Court at last settled the issue in the Shelby County decision by striking down the triggers which placed fifteen states under federal receivership for election-law changes as an unconstitutionally outdated infringement of state sovereignty.

That the RNC continued to support federal oversight one way or another over the past few years was no surprise to me or anyone else who has closely followed the issue — or spoken with the parties involved in the 2006 debate. As recently as last year, one of the RNC-affiliated lawyers remained bitter toward PJ Media contributor Hans von Spakovsky for helping to organize the 2006 debate on Capitol Hill.

This might explain the peculiar reaction of the RNC to the PJ Tatler posting of last Friday (see, “ RNC Operatives Join Holder’s Campaign Against Texas, Several Other States “).

A frantic (and ungrammatical) response was posted in the comments to the PJ Tatler posting by an RNC official, and the same response was picked up by a handful of lesser read blogs . Oddly, the RNC response included my name, saying I was on the wrong side of the debate in 2006. Factually, this was inaccurate as I was at the Justice Department at the time and had no role, pro or con.

Late Friday night, an RNC communications operative carpet-bombed conservative bloggers with this response and included an attack on PJ Media for good measure. Obviously I have extraordinary relations with many of the bloggers, so they alerted me and wondered whether the RNC had lost it.

Saturday, the RNC sent me an apology, noting they were in error to name me. Given their stand-up retraction, the matter is now closed to me.

Whether the federal government continues to possess power to approve or reject state election-law changes is an issue that has exposed divisions within the Republican Party between partisan election lawyers and those who believe the Constitution is more important than racial gerrymandering.

Last week, PJ Tatler reported that RNC consultants and staff were searching for ways to reactivate and preserve this federal power over states like Texas despite the Supreme Court’s ruling, just as Attorney General Eric Holder has vowed to do.

To anyone following these issues for the last decade, the PJ Tatler post was neither surprising nor unexpected. A small group of lawyers and consultants either working for the RNC or consulting with them has long advocated for federal preclearance power over state elections.

Whether this RNC activity ended after the PJ Tatler story was released on Friday, or when the Supreme Court ruled in June, or sometime before is unclear.

Yes, the RNC really did support federal preclearance oversight of state elections, just as Eric Holder does now. When this support ended is an unanswered question after the RNC on Friday unequivocally stated it opposes any fix to Section 4 that would place states such as Texas, South Carolina, and Virginia back under a federal boot. That’s good news.

But before the announcement last week, the self-serving RNC collusion with the racialist left was well-known and obvious. After all, the GOP used Section 5 federal oversight to racially gerrymander safe Republican districts and herd blacks into electoral enclaves for the last 23 years.

That this well-known collusion and support of federal oversight surprised anyone last Friday was the only surprise.

Up until recently, Tom Hofeller, the RNC staffer singled out in the Tatler piece, was giving speeches highlighting the importance of Section 5 to the GOP. At a National Conference of State Legislatures meeting in 2011, for example, Hofeller shocked some in attendance by casting federal oversight of state elections in an extraordinarily positive light. But that was merely one in a long series of private and public statements demonstrating that some inside the RNC treasured federal oversight of state elections.

In Chairman Reince Priebus’ defense, this behavior may have been occurring without his full knowledge and understanding. He may have learned about it Friday morning when he began receiving calls from angry donors and committee members.

According to the unequivocal position announced last Friday, any RNC effort to reactivate federal oversight of state elections under the Voting Rights Act is dead and buried.

The decades-long flirtation between the RNC and the racial left that ended last Friday has been an unfortunate saga of politics over principle.

Attorney Mike Carvin would lose that Capitol Hill debate in 2006, because days later, the Republican House and Senate passed a 25-year extension of federal election oversight and a Republican president signed it. As part of this unsavory alliance between the racialist left and the RNC in 2006, Republicans permitted not only the federal oversight to extend for a quarter century, but they also raised the hurdle for states to obtain federal approval of election-law changes like voter ID.

This heavier burden, passed with the cooperation of RNC consultants and lawyers, was the singular reason that Texas and South Carolina had their voter identification laws blocked by the Holder Justice Department. Georgia and Florida also suffered under the RNC-endorsed standard when they had citizenship-verification procedures for voters blocked. (See Lee Stranahan’s excellent description of how the math works in “ Holder Math: How the Obama DOJ and the Media Tricked South Carolina and Protected Voter Fraud ” at Breitbart.com’s Big Government.) It is also the reason Kinston, North Carolina, saw a move to non-partisan elections blocked in 2009.

I worked at the Justice Department for two of these objections, and the RNC-sought 2006 reauthorization gave the leftists inside the Voting Section the tools to block these election-integrity measures.

GOP junkies got hooked on federal oversight to game redistricting all around the nation, while at the same time voter-fraud deniers and the racial left used the same federal power to attack the integrity of American elections.

He who rides a redistricting tiger becomes afraid to dismount. As the RNC clutched the tiger’s ears tightly and created safe racially gerrymandered districts using federal oversight, Section 5 was also used to destroy election integrity and aid the institutional left. Until you see the abuse of power as it happens from inside the DOJ Voting Section as an employee, you simply cannot fathom how the federal power over the states is abused by DOJ bureaucrats.

Or, just ask Texas Governor Rick Perry or South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson about the abuse.

And abuse they did – to the tune of millions of dollars in sanctions against DOJ lawyers and even DOJ employees who have committed perjury in an effort to conceal these abusive ideological biases in the unit given the power to review state election laws.

Those who say that the Justice Department misinterpreted the law are wrong. Language added in 2006 as part of this rotten pact was used to support objections to voter ID and citizenship verification. Simply, the word “any” was added, and it forced states to prove the existence of a negative and prove an absence of any discriminatory effect. The GOP wanted this amendment to help them racially gerrymander legislative seats by making it easier to herd blacks into racial enclaves and bleach out the surrounding area, thus creating white GOP districts. (Again, read Stranahan at Breitbart for a more thorough explanation.)

Of course this may have resulted in more Republican seats at first, but it has also racially divided the country and made politics more polarized. It has also reduced the number of competitive House seats, shifting power to the powerful and snuffing the accountability in House elections the Founders wanted. Most black seats are now protected using different Voting Rights Act provisions, but it’s hard for a junkie to put down the needle.

Fast forward to last Friday’s PJ Tatler exclusive. The reaction was predictable and curious.

After the story hit last Friday, Republican donors and grassroots activists around the country went nuts. Having the RNC seek the same goal as Eric Holder as it relates to election oversight is simply unacceptable in 2013. The donor and grassroots fury should be a lesson to any House Republican looking to re-impose federal burdens on states.

It’s not 2006 anymore. The once dominant GOP crowd that supported federal oversight in 2006 has dwindled. Today, Constitutionalists like Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) are in positions of power in the House.

Conservative new media also now pack a wallop in 2013, as we saw last Friday. Any Republican who supports renewed federal oversight will quickly discover their donor base is fully informed of the effort. Websites like Breitbart, PJ Media, and others obviously won’t flinch from taking on Republicans, naming names and making sure donors know which Republicans put partisanship over the Constitution.

If you seek the same aim as Eric Holder and want to resurrect federal oversight over states, be prepared for a rough time with your donors and most reliable grassroots supporters. Information travels faster and wider these days than it did in 2006. And for that, defenders of the Constitution can be thankful.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: doj; holder; rnc; section4; voterrightsact

1 posted on 07/29/2013 9:01:32 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Going over to the Supervisor of Elections Office later today and changing my registration from Republican to Independent.


2 posted on 07/29/2013 9:07:04 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: Arm_Bears

Not a bad idea except for local primary elections.

Without runoff elections for president our system is in deep trouble.


3 posted on 07/29/2013 9:10:18 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: jazusamo

LOL! RNC troll Sean Spicer = FAIL.


4 posted on 07/29/2013 9:12:50 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Arm_Bears
Adams certainly tells it like it is in this piece. There is a faction in the RNC that don't go along with the GOP-e, it's long past time the GOP-e libs are shown the door.
5 posted on 07/29/2013 9:13:36 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: Arm_Bears
....Going over to the Supervisor of Elections Office later today and changing my registration from Republican to Independent.

Stand and fight is a better way...imho...your way only weakens both GOP and Independents..

6 posted on 07/29/2013 9:14:06 AM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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To: jazusamo
To put this all in perspective, one must remember that Article I of the Constitution entrusted control of the suffrage, even in Federal elections, to the States. The provision was that those entitled to vote in Federal elections be governed by the same standard as each State applied to the election of the more popularly elected branch of the State Legislature.

While the Constitution has been amended several times to limit the discretion of the States in this area, the time has long since come to push back in the opposite direction. By any objective metric, our electorates are now obviously less qualified than were those in the 19th Century. (Just look at the 30 second sound bite, in contrast to the debates in the era of Webster, Clay & Calhoun.)

Must we just sit back and watch the death of the American Republic, because of idiocy such as described in this article? For more on the issues: Universal Suffrage--Threat To Liberty.

William Flax

7 posted on 07/29/2013 9:17:12 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Ohioan
Well said...It's time to take the whims of a president and corrupt AG such as Holder out of this as well. Especially when they ignore a SCOTUS ruling such as just took place regarding Sec 4 of the VRA.

Thanks for the link.

8 posted on 07/29/2013 9:22:46 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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9 posted on 07/29/2013 9:24:51 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Whether this RNC activity ended after the PJ Tatler story was released on Friday, or when the Supreme Court ruled in June, or sometime before is unclear.

Yes, the RNC really did support federal preclearance oversight of state elections, just as Eric Holder does now. When this support ended is an unanswered question after the RNC on Friday unequivocally stated it opposes any fix to Section 4 that would place states such as Texas, South Carolina, and Virginia back under a federal boot. That’s good news.

According to the unequivocal position announced last Friday, any RNC effort to reactivate federal oversight of state elections under the Voting Rights Act is dead and buried.

PJ Media appears to be backing off from their original claim that...

RNC Operatives Join Eric Holder’s Campaign Against Texas, Several Other States

That being said, there is no excuse for the RNC's past activities. There hands are dirty.

10 posted on 07/29/2013 9:26:09 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Their hands are dirty.


11 posted on 07/29/2013 9:28:10 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: yoe

That’s pure crap. The GOP are become nothing but political Judenrats - this article PROVES that.

The GOP Ruling Class HATES Conservatives as much as if not moreso than the MarxoFascists.

It’s way past time to declare Independence from the GOP Party plantation. The GOP serves the Democrats, PERIOD.


12 posted on 07/29/2013 9:29:04 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: jazusamo

Dhimms/Republicans—just different wings of the Big Government Party.


13 posted on 07/29/2013 9:29:51 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: smoothsailing

Agreed, it does look that way and the RNC’s are most surely dirty.

I’d bet the RNC is not happy with this piece from Adams. :-)


14 posted on 07/29/2013 9:32:44 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

how i wish conservative republican voters would wake up.


15 posted on 07/29/2013 9:49:53 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: jazusamo
It's a very good piece by Adams. The RNC can't be happy about it. I can't imagine them pursuing PJM over this. What's their defense?

"Vote for us, we're not as crappy as we used to be!"


16 posted on 07/29/2013 9:50:21 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo

People who care only about power will do anything to keep it.

The fact that the GOP doesn’t publicly denounce White House spokesmen like McCain and Graham says plenty.


17 posted on 07/29/2013 9:52:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: yoe

Sorry—I’m through holding my nose with these clowns.


18 posted on 07/29/2013 9:55:52 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: jazusamo
Thanks jazusamo, excellent article. The RNC has history supporting this and they got caught...HA....JCA was included in the RNC attack when he was not involved which makes his rebuttal even more sweet. The more light shown on the RNC will force them to declare who they really are...MORE please..
19 posted on 07/29/2013 9:56:26 AM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: jazusamo

I p*** on the gop.

LLS


20 posted on 07/29/2013 10:01:16 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: jazusamo

not really a surprise is it?


21 posted on 07/29/2013 10:01:34 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
No it isn't and Adams has touched on this in past articles but never even close to the detail in this piece.
22 posted on 07/29/2013 10:06:45 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

When advocating for voter ID we need to use ther same tactic that marijuana proponents have used.

They say: We should have the same laws for MJ that we do for booze.

As for voting ID the clarion call should be: You need an ID to buy booze, why not use it to PROTECT the santity of YOUR vote!!


23 posted on 07/29/2013 10:11:35 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: yoe

Too late... donating to only Conservative candidates and shunning all gop party requests. If the gop want our votes then they need to change drastically and rapidly... or we will create a new party and replace them. To quote Mark Levin, “even if it takes 10 years”. To do otherwise fits the definition of insane to a T.


24 posted on 07/29/2013 10:14:57 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: GraceG
I agree...We need ID for practically anything we do now except vote and that just defies common sense, of course Rats not having it they don't know the meaning of common sense.
25 posted on 07/29/2013 10:19:18 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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I agree...We need ID for practically anything we do now except vote and that just defies common sense, of course Rats not having it they don’t know the meaning of common sense.

We could have VERY effective TV adn radio ads advocatign for voter ID!!!

I can see it now, show a white supremicst stereotype stuffing a ballot box or voting multiple times and end the damn ad with “Do you want your vote stolen out from under you? Support Voter ID!!! Protect the Vote!”

We could create very effective ads for supporting voter ID that the dems couldn’t even bitch about because it is so damned common sense it isn;t even funny. Hell you could even say in the ad that if you are public assistance your ID card is free at the local DMV and shut down that stuipid
argument before it is brought up.

The reasons we don’t is because we are already so damned corrupt in washington and state capitals and city hall.

Personally I think we are doomed to corruption....


26 posted on 07/29/2013 10:34:48 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: jazusamo

That’s what was involved by the RNC’s push to “help” Allan West being removed from his seat; this has also caused much consternation in KS where conservatives were forced to either flip a coin to see who would “retire” or choose to run against another popular conservative in 2012!


27 posted on 07/29/2013 10:34:49 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: GraceG

And as much as it should be used re: 2nd Amend.

If I am not required to show ID for a privilege, such as voting, why do I need one, let alone paperwork, to exercise my RIGHT per the 2nd?


28 posted on 07/29/2013 11:09:47 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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