Obama Scandal Scorecard: Lawyer Stuffing (Updated: Holy Fricking Crap, It’s Worse Than I Thought)

Of all the scandals so far identified within the Obama administration, the one that seems to have faded into “meh” territory the quickest is the staffing of the Voting Rights division of the Justice Department. Once Obama took office, he started packing that office with some of the most radical voting rights activists he could find — of the 16 appointees identified, each and every single one had a lengthy background pushing in courts the most liberal and absurd and ridiculous voting right “theories” imaginable.

 

Fortunately. the courts have consistently rejected these wacky ideas, leaving these activists to stew in their own juices. But now, they can return to push their causes with the full force of the federal government behind them. And all it takes is a sympathetic judge to enshrine into law such idiocies as striking down laws that verify voters’ citizenship, require an ID to vote, and keep convicted felons from voting.

 

I think this has not taken off because there’s nothing illegal or flagrantly unethical about it — people are largely inured to administrations putting its own choice of people in positions of power. And people, generally, are more blase’ about liberal activists than conservative ones.

 

And that’s a shame — the exclusive focus on radical liberal activists means that there is a decided lack of intellectual diversity and experience in the division. One would think that having at least one token conservative — if for no other reason than to get a preview of how their ideas might go over with those most motivated to oppose them. And a few career lawyers, to bring a bit of professionalism and continuity, wouldn’t hurt, either.

 

By focusing strictly on radical voting rights activists, the Obama administration is saying that it wants to empower them to advance their agenda, one that has been smacked down time and time and time again by the courts. And since hoping that they’ll get a reality check and come to their senses is a pipe dream, the best case scenario is that they’ll keep trying and trying to get their agenda through, and keep failing and failing. And having them all concentrated in one place might help to minimize their harm — scattered around the country, they just might sneak something through.

 

The potential of this particular mess to cause lasting harm to the Obama administration is pretty much minimal. Which is a shame, because it could cause real, lasting harm. Instead, we’ll just have to trust folks who have already dug this up to keep their eyes on these rascals until a new administration can take a broom to their hindquarters — and fumigate their offices.

 

Update: Holy fricking crap. I haven’t been paying proper attention. The fine folks at Pajamas Media have been going through the entire Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, and of 113 Obama/Holder appointees, they have found exactly none without impeccable liberal credentials. No conservatives is one thing, but not a single apolitical professional?

Say what you want — it’s clear that not only are Obama and Holder believers in the Spoils System, they are exceptionally fine practitioners of the art.

 

Update 2: Link added to update 1. D’oh!

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Posted by on September 19, 2011.
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  • Anonymous

    (il)Liberals have for at least a hundred years and particularly so since the time of the so-richly-Soviet-agent-larded “administration” of the traitor, Roosevelt, been stuffing the bureaucracies, local, state and feral, with Left-Wing activists. 

    What makes 0zer0′s Gangster Government stand out – a little bit – from, say, Billy-Bubbah Blythe’s Crime Family, is that 0zer0′s Gang know’s it’s protected by the systemic soft bigotry of low expectations — and hides its corruption in the wide open! 

  • Anonymous

    Both Democrat and Republican administrations pursue their own goals in voting rights.

    The Democrats want every felon and illegal alien to be able to vote.

    The Republicans want to ban everyone named Johnson or Jackson from voting, or at least those from particular zip codes, impose complicated documentary requirements, and make property ownership a requirement for voting.

    • Anonymous

      Chico – You are usually one of the more reasonable leftists who posts here so I am asking a genuine question.  I have never been able to figure out a single logical argument against requiring state issued picture ID in order to vote other than wanting to facilitate voter fraud for political purposes.  I am considering laws such as the one in Indiana that required ID for voting, but make getting the ID free of cost and with supporting documentation less stringent then that required to receive welfare benefits or food stamps. 

      Can you explain the left’s persistant opposition to voter ID laws when there are provisions that ensure that anyone who should be eligible to vote can get the ID?   

      • Jeff Blogworthy

        Well, since Chico isn’t responding I’ll jump in. Leftists are liars, cheats and frauds. Their opposition serves to enable and perpetuate the same.

        Though I know I’m preaching to the choir.

    • jim_m

      That’s cute Chica.  You cast the left as wanting people to vote while casting the right as trying to suppress people’s rights.  You’re full of crap.

      Show us some documentation of the right suppressing votes from “ccertain zip codes”.  You can easily get examples f the left doing exactly that, by suppressing absentee ballots from zip codes where military ballots come from.

      And while you cast the left as wanting more people to have the right to vote, what you are really suggesting is that the left wants to dilute the value of legal voters by casting illegal ballots in their favor.  I recall back in 2000 where students at Marquette University were voting and then getting back in line to vote again and the election judges were letting it happen.  People voted 3 or 4 times. 

      Yep.  The left is all about giving people the right to vote, especially if it invalidates the votes of real voters.

      • Anonymous

        How about the Black Panthers in Philly?????

        Oh wait…….sorry, wrong party!

    • Anonymous

      I really would like to see an example of Republicans wanting to ban certain people.  You mean like convicted felons?  People who’ve already voted once?  Or are you just spewing the ‘talking points’ again?

  • Anonymous

    Chico…seriously? 

    We want to ban people because of their last names? Entire zip codes?

    I can see some people wanting the property votes or going even farther to the Starship Trooper idea of citizenship and voting rights after military service.

    Complicated documentary? National id is complicated? Do you have a drivers license or a SS card? Whats so wrong with making sure the person voting is who the person says they are?

  • http://twitter.com/foxmuldar foxmulder

    We all know of the numerous charges of voter fraud linked to the community organizer Obama’s favorite group Acorn. Even today after congress rulled that no funds would be given to that organizatiion, Obama waves his magic wand and once again the money is flowing. For one reason. To rally more illigal voters for Obama. Some things never change.

  • jim_m

    I prefer my lawyers with a simple herb stuffing mixed with a little celery.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-Norman/1067211369 Lee Norman

      even if you marinate them for 12 hours, they still taste like crap…

      • Anonymous

        Nail them to a board, pressure-cook them for 6 hours, then throw them away and eat the board.

  • Anonymous

    “…there is a decided lack of intellectual diversity and experience in the division….”

    When lib’s speak of “diversity”, they mean people who think just like they do.  It’s all in the “nuance”.

  • Anonymous

    I have a sentimental attachment to a country where you don’t need national biometric ID to exercise basic rights, unlike in Europe where you have to have ID on you at all times.

    Also, show me some evidence of the problem that justifies the expense to the taxpayer and hassle to Grand Aunt Minnie, who never had a drivers’ license. 

    You acknowledge that you have to provide free ID, because effective ”poll taxes” are now thought to be unconstitutional.   Even so, there was that case where the Wisconsin DMV employee was fired for telling people they could get a free ID, because state policy was not to volunteer that information and tell people they could have a free ID, people had to know about it and ask for it to get the free ID.
    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/voter-suppression-in-wisconsin/

    As you see, this is called “voter suppression.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_suppression

    Fraudulently voting is a crime.  So where are the cases of people fraudulently voting?  Please don’t show me some blog post filled with unsubstantiated charges, show me the cases where someone was charged and arrested.  Really, how many cases are there?

    The disenfrancisement of all felons for all time goes a bit too far, especially since it’s pretty easy to become a felon in the USA today - as the lawyer Harvey Silverglate said - the average American commits three felonies a day. 

    It’s not exactly news that Republicans have been trying to make it harder to vote, especially in certain communities and among certain demographics, by imposing all kinds of documentary requirements and doing suspiciously targeted felon and voter-roll purges, like in Florida in 2000.

    • Anonymous

      Chico, been reading Rolling Stone again?
      Your argument sure seems lot like last issues article on how the Repubs are trying to suppress the vote.

      Anyhow, Aunt Minnie is going to need an ID to buy booze, rent a hotel room and for other reasons. She may as well use it when going to vote.

      • Jeff Blogworthy

        “Chico, been reading Rolling Stone again?”

        High Times.

    • Oysteria

      That ”suspiciously targeted felon and voter-roll purge” in Florida is nothing more that conjecture and innuendo.  The law says states have to periodically purge their rolls of those ineligible to vote, such as felons, people who no longer live in the state, etc.  Democrats are the reason it ended up being overly broad.  They demanded that nothing could be used to identify these people other than their name.  It’s no surprise that people who could legally vote got purged from the rolls.  The Democrats in the state created that mess then screamed bloody murder when it turned out exactly as they’d hoped.

      So where’s your belly-aching about the states who have not purged their voter rolls in purposeful defiance of federal law?

    • Anonymous

      I have a sentimental attachment to a country where only those who are entitled to get to vote, and only once. If you are caught cheating the vote you go to fucking jail..Silly me!!

    • Anonymous

      When you have precincts that vote more than 100% of their entire population, I think you can safely conclude there is voting fraud there.

      Oh yes! These precincts are ALWAYS Democrat.

      • Bob Armstrong

        Got a link to election results that show more than 100% participation?

        I didn’t think so…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Stan25 Stan Brewer

    Same old leftist excuses for not wanting voter ID coming from Chico. Saying that Voter ID will somehow take away our rights. They don’t stop to think that we have to show ID to do just just about anything ie open bank accounts, use a credit card, buy booze and tobacco products, cash a check, buy airline tickets and other sundry daily things. Voter ID is the one thing that should be done in all 57(Obama’s logic) states, especially Illinois (Chicago even more so) and California where there is a higher incidence of illegals (California) and the dead (both states) vote.

    • jim_m

      Every freaking illegal alien has a driver’s license but we can’t ask anyone to present one in order to vote.  WTF.  There aren’t any real barriers to getting a photo ID today.  The arguments that this is some sort of voter suppression is a bunch of bull. Courts have already upheld voter ID laws in several states.  The only reason to be against it is because you advocate for voter fraud.

  • Boyd Garrett

    I have a sentimental attachment to a country where you don’t need national biometric ID to exercise basic rights, unlike in Europe where you have to have ID on you at all times.

    Strawman. Bzzzt! Invalid. Unless you walk around waiting to get the sudden urge to vote, of course.

    Also, show me some evidence of the problem that justifies the expense to the taxpayer and hassle to Grand Aunt Minnie, who never had a drivers’ license.

    Enhancing the integrity of our system of voting seems worthwhile, and the percentage of people who want to vote and don’t already have IDs seems to be vanishingly small. Most, if not all, of the state laws enacted in this vein have bent over backwards to make it easy to accommodate this very small number of people. But you’re worried about it being too expensive. Yeah, right.

    Even so, there was that case where the Wisconsin DMV employee was fired for telling people they could get a free ID, because state policy was not to volunteer that information and tell people they could have a free ID, people had to know about it and ask for it to get the free ID.

    So do you always stop reading about such news as soon as you have enough to support your position, instead of seeking out the truth? Oh, sorry, silly question.

    As you see, this is called “voter suppression.”

    Or maybe it’s supporting both the law and common sense. But that wouldn’t support your agenda, so nope! Let’s abandon that possibility!

    Fraudulently voting is a crime.  So where are the cases of people fraudulently voting?  Please don’t show me some blog post filled with unsubstantiated charges, show me the cases where someone was charged and arrested.  Really, how many cases are there?

    Come back when you take this position on gun rights for sane law abiding citizens, mmkay? Oh, wait, anybody who wants to have guns is already insane. I forgot, sorry.

    The disenfrancisement of all felons for all time goes a bit too far, especially since it’s pretty easy to become a felon in the USA today - as the lawyer Harvey Silverglate said - the average American commits three felonies a day.

    And this has an impact on voter ID…how? Oh, hi there, Mr Non Sequitur! How’s things over there in La La Land?

    It’s not exactly news that Republicans have been trying to make it harder to vote, especially in certain communities and among certain demographics, by imposing all kinds of documentary requirements and doing suspiciously targeted felon and voter-roll purges, like in Florida in 2000.

    Well, to be precise, it’s not exactly news that liberals vilify any attempt to shore up the integrity of our various voting systems around the country. If you repeat a lie often enough, folks will begin to believe it.

  • Anonymous

    As I thought, nobody can come up with any documented examples of fraud that would justify the huge expense and hassle of these ID requirements.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Stan25 Stan Brewer

      How about keeping the illegal aliens from voting? Since when did they have a right to vote in our elections? How about the DemocRATs opening up the cemeteries every time an election comes up? How about repeat voting?  If those don’t constitute voter fraud, I am a monkey’s uncle. 

      • jim_m

        You could include the 100,000′s of “voters” registered by ACORN.  Fraudulent registration is a form of voter fraud.  It is preparing the way to cast illegal votes.

        But I suppose that Chica has never heard of that.

    • Boyd Garrett

      Just because you call it a huge expense doesn’t make it true, Chico. In fact, I’d call it a lie, when you get right down to it.

      So is the only way you can have a chance at winning a debate is to make up stuff, Chico? ‘Cause I don’t think you’re gonna make much headway with that one.

    • jim_m

      Or how about this Chica:

      As for 3,500 election day registrations subsequently returned as
      undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service, thousands registering in
      Wisconsin on election day 2000 provided a wrong address. With Al Gore
      winning Wisconsin by a mere 5,700 votes, one begins to see how even
      small-scale voter fraud holds the possibility of turning a close
      election.

      http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/81576337.html

      The implication is that the dems almost certainly stole enough votes in Wisconsin to give the state to Al Gore.  No need to worry about getting the courts to overturn Florida if you can’t steal Wisconsin.

    • jim_m

      Or have we forgotten that the dems stole the Governor’s election in Washington?  King County had more ballots cast than voters registered and they were overwhelmingly for the dems.

      In that case dems who controlled the elections commission prevented investigations into fraud until the governor was sworn in. Only then was there a belated admission that the election had been stolen.

    • Anonymous

      Chico,

      The integrity of our elections is worth any expense.

      • Boyd Garrett

        While I believe that the expense this type of change incurs is well worth the price, I disagree pretty strongly that we couldn’t get to the point where we would spend too much, Hank. Your position strikes me as similar to the frequent entreaties to do something “for the children!”

        Some things are actually too expensive. But this is certainly a side issue. The costs of voter ID are negligible in the context of a US state’s budget.

        • Anonymous

          Good point Boyd.

          FYI, I cringe whenever someone tries to justify something as “for the children”.

          As for election integrity, I just don’t see the expense of voter ID, accurate machines, appropriate if needed security and up-to-date voter roles getting out of control financially.

          Then again, if voting place workers unionize……..

    • Anonymous

      Tell you what Chico. Why don’t we try voter ID for a few election cycles and if it i s as big a hassle to free and fair elections as you are grumbling about we can return to the graveyards for ‘Reparations!!

    • Oysteria

      Chico, you’re chasing here.  There have been few cases of proven fraud because it’s one of the hardest things to prove.  Last I read there were some 87 cases proven over the last couple elections.  However, ACORN perfected the art of turning in fraudulent registrations which wreaks havoc on the system and sets the stage for accusations of voter suppression.  A number of their employees were found guilty and fined and/or served jail time.  These were only the most egregious cases.  There were multiple instances of thousands of fraudulent registrations turned in at the final hour in which no one was charged with anything.

      I think you’re being a bit disingenuous here, too, in going on about the “huge expense and hassel” of acquiring a simple state-issued photo ID – and Auntie Somthingorother doesn’t need a driver license.  Only a valid ID. 

      • Anonymous

        The assumption is that the Dems WANT to find voter fraud in a Dem precinct. It’s quite the opposite.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

      And you have no documented cases where it would impede a lawful vote.

      You already know we need ID to cash a Social Security check, use a Food Stamps card (at least in theory), drive a vehicle, get a phone, etc., etc.

    • Anonymous

      See my post above: precincts who voted more than 100% of their entire populations, let alone their eligible voters! Happens every election, and it’s always the Democrats. No arrests because it’s a Democrat precinct; they don’t arrest their own poll-workers.

  • jim_m

    Sheesh Chica.  What’s the matter?  Google doesn’t work on your computer?  You could have searched for the incident I mentioned and found that 17.4% of Marquette University students were alleged to have voted more than once.

    http://chippewa.com/article_79dae54c-f978-5b09-bb64-fb0f5a734bbd.html

    That’s just one.  There are many others.  Dems stuffing the ballot box is a matter of historical fact not just speculation.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, they did a survey of 1000 students by telephone and face to face and 174 said they voted more than once?  Must be true, we know college students never goof around when talking to telephone surveys.  But why was it that nobody was arrested after the DA investigated?  Let me guess your answer:  Democrat plot.

      C’mon, there are millions of fraudulent votes and not one arrest?

      • jim_m

        Actually, I think the article mentioned that once the students realized that it was a crime they shut up.

        This incident was reported from a number of sources.  At the time I lived in Chicago and it was well known that this had occurred as many Marquette students come from Chicago.

        If what you are looking for is criminal prosecutions you won’t find them.  Voter fraud is very difficult to prove since voting is a private act.  Your protestations are just lame in light of the many stories that took only a few seconds to search for on the internet.

      • Anonymous

        Kinda hard to arrest them when their dead!!

      • Anonymous

        LOL…democrat plot….as if your claim about zip codes,last names,property rights is not considered a republican plot.
        All your complaining about then is just money when it probably would have cost a lot less than the Oaf in Office’s Solyndra deal.
        Personally I think what liberal democrats are really afraid of is finding out that they really are not a majority of the population. That they might even be a smaller group than the independents or Ron Paul supporters.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

        So your argument is if you haven’t been caught, you have committed no crime?

      • Anonymous

        Evidence to be presented by the same people who benefit from the fraud? Don’t be silly!

  • Anonymous

    Fraud is a tough thing to validate with a criminal enterprise of overseers. Lets just say Chico if you feel its such a hassle to verify who you are, I would suggest that you are already a member of the Acorn society of fucked up children.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone knows the best way to win a race is the old mystery trunk full of ballots.

    • Anonymous

      Worked for Franken.  Albert tried to.! But it works better in states where your side controls the number of recounts necessary to secure an outcome

  • Anonymous

    Chico must really be hassled if he ever wants to hunt/fish or buy alcohol or tobacco. The only reason to be against voter ID is if your side stands to gain from non compliance. We all know which side that is. If everybody were honest it would not be necessary. Unfortunately Chico, many on your side are far from honest.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a tune dedicated to Chuckie the Chiclet:

  • Anonymous

    How about this for an update:

    The author of these articles, “Graf” von Spakovsky, was shitcanned by the Bush DOJ, took the Fifth, and was criticized for politicized hiring by the Bush DOJ – in July 2008!

    Pot.  Kettle.

    You can read the report here:  http://www.justice.gov/oig/special/s0901/final.pdf

    I’d say that’s a pretty crucial fact, unless you are trying to bullshit people and propagandize.

    • Boyd Garrett

      When you can’t win a debate on the merits, ad hominem is a good way to distract people’s attention from the fact that you’re losing.

    • Anonymous

      Oh my, big surprise.  Guy with a grudge is motivated to relentlessly expose DOJ nastiness.  Who’d a thunk it!

      Still don’t see you addressing the allegations directly, just doing your damnedest to point in any other direction at a new shiny object.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still waiting for that evidence of voter fraud. 

    • Anonymous

      Too bad you have broken fingers and no voice control.  Wait a minute, you are typing comments but you can’t search documented voter fraud (and filter out all the mysteriously positioned kos, obama and dnc sources that flood the top of the search).  That’s a strange mentality unless you are of such an entitlement mentality you can’t look for yourself.

    • Anonymous

      Keep that chant going with your eyes closed: “I don’t see any voter fraud,  I don’t see any voter fraud,  I don’t see any voter fraud, ….”

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