Eric Holder can’t stop messin’ with Texas.
According to the Associated Press, the Justice Department on Thursday announced a lawsuit against the state’s voter ID law, continuing an inane liberal argument that an item possessed by virtually every American citizen over 18 is too hard to get hold of.
In making the announcement, Holder cited his most recent spectacularly unsuccessful effort to fight state election sovereignty when the Supreme Court decided in Shelby County v. Holder that the government’s argument that using 40-year-old information to regulate state voting-law changes was unconstitutional.
That’s too sensible for President Obama’s man at Justice.
“We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights,” Holder said in a statement, citing the left’s habit of invoking the ghost of Jim Crow every time the country remembers two generations have passed since the Edmund Pettus Bridge made the news.
“The Department will take action against jurisdictions that attempt to hinder access to the ballot box, no matter where it occurs,” Holder went on, though he might have added “even if it doesn’t occur at all.”
Specifically, Holder argues that the Texas law requiring identification at the polls, known as SB 14, “will have the result of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.”
Right. It will also deny or abridge the right of anyone who hasn’t driven a car, opened a checking account, flown on a plane, or even walked into a federal building like the one Holder works in in Washington at some point in the past 10 years.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called actions like the voter ID challenge, and a separate challenge to a Texas redistricting law Holder had announced earlier but formalized Thursday, an “end-run around the Supreme Court.”
He’s right. As Thursday’s announcement showed, for Obama, Holder and the left that put them into office, the law is what Clausewitz called war: Politics by other means.