‘What part of democracy are they afraid of?’ Good question!

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Voting booths await voters in Red Oak, Iowa

‘What part of democracy are they afraid of?’ | MSNBC

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Voting booths await voters in Red Oak, Iowa

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Voting booths await voters in Red Oak, Iowa.
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>by: Steve Benen | Updated | 06/13/2015 8:34:30 AM |

Hillary Clinton laid out a bold, progressive vision on voting rights yesterday, endorsing both a 20-day early-voting window nationwide and a universal, automatic voter registration system. It was, in effect, the Democratic frontrunner throwing down the gauntlet, challenging her rivals in the other party.

“What part of democracy are they afraid of?” she asked.

For voting-rights advocates, it was cause for celebration. But for the right, it’s … complicated. The challenge for Clinton’s Republican critics is finding something substantively wrong with her proposals, which isn’t easy. We know from recent history that the GOP’s coordinated assault on voting rights, and imposition of voter-suppression schemes unseen since the days of Jim Crow, has positioned the party firmly against voting rights.

Indeed, the Republican-led Congress won’t even consider repairs to the Voting Rights Act, gutted by their allies on the Supreme Court. But GOP officials and presidential candidate can’t come right out and say they’re hostile to voting rights, and they certainly can’t admit that they want to restrict Americans’ access to their own democracy.

So how in the world are they supposed to respond to Clinton’s ambitious plan? So far, it’s a work in progress. The Republican National Committee, for example, called Clinton’s remarks “misleading,” though it has not yet pointed to anything from the Democrat’s speech that’s untrue.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), whom Clinton called out by name, said her plan “defies logic” – he didn’t say why – adding, “Clinton’s extreme views are far outside the mainstream,” as if most of the country is hostile to expanded voting rights.

And then there’s New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), also called out by name yesterday, who offered a rather knee-jerk reaction while campaigning in New Hampshire. The Bergen Record reported: Governor Christie went on the attack against Hillary Clinton on Friday, saying the Democratic presidential candidate is calling for an expansion of voter registration because “she just wants an opportunity to commit greater acts of voter fraud.” […]

“Secretary Clinton doesn’t know the first thing about voting rights in New Jersey or in the other states that she attacked,” Christie said. “My sense is that she just wants an opportunity to commit greater acts of voter fraud around the country.”
Really? That’s what Christie came up with?
Look, I don’t really expect Republican presidential candidates to endorse Clinton’s ideas or applaud her speeches. It’s a campaign. They’re supposed to draw distinctions and offer competing visions. I get it.
But to say that a universal, automatic voter registration system is intended to create voter fraud – or worse, “greater” acts of fraud – isn’t just wrong, it’s lazy.
As the scandal-plagued governor probably realizes, the voter-fraud scourge is largely a figment of far-right imaginations. But even putting that aside, automatically registering eligible Americans to vote when they turn 18 – creating an opt-out system, instead of an opt-in system – wouldn’t affect the prevalence of non-existence fraud anyway.
I’m not sure what the best arguments are against Clinton’s plans, but I do know Republicans will have to do better than this.
 Update: Jon Chait notes today that “there are a number of ways one might make voting more convenient without enabling fraud.” Among them: expanding early voting, making Election Day a national holiday, and implementing automatic voter registration. Clinton has endorsed all of these measures. Republicans oppose all of these measures.
On a related note, Brian Beutler has a terrific piece today, adding, “Clinton’s plan … demands clarity from her opponents. She has proposed that every American, except those who opt out, be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18, and that every state offer at least 20 days’ worth of early voting. Republicans can’t easily oppose this – and oppose it they must – without being explicit about the fact that they want to keep the voting rolls as trim as possible.”

Source: ‘What part of democracy are they afraid of?’ | MSNBC

Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate for the presidency in generations and the opposition party knows that fact and for years they’ve bad mouth her from day one; trying to discredit her qualifications. It’s not working!

They’ve trying to frame the narrative and continue to look for the “killing facts that will actually work to sway voters against [Hillary] Clinton. That might be new information, or old information framed in new ways” [talking points]. Everyone feels like they know her, so we have to give them information they hadn’t heard about to break through – according to Tim Miller, executive director of the GOP allied super PAC – America Rising!

For younger voters, some of that ‘new information’ could be ’90s scandals and other aspects of their record they didn’t know about, making that material relevant, if not central, to the case against her.”  Excerpt from: How to back Hillary into a corner

Sorry Tim, you’ll have to do better.

According to: Dan Payne a Democratic political analyst for WBUR. Hillary has: 

  • Spent eight years in the U.S. Senate on the Armed Service Committee;
  • Served on other committees on the budget, the environment, transportation, health, workplace safety, pensions, and children, families and the aging;
  • Was honored as “a tireless voice for children” by the nation’s leading child advocacy organization;
  • Was called by GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham “one of the most effective secretary of states, greatest ambassadors for the American people that I have known in my lifetime” in May 2012;
  • Was named by Time magazine one of the 25 most powerful women of the past century;
  • According to the Gallup organization: she was named by the American people as the most admired woman in the world for the 13th straight year and 19th time overall;
  • Forbes magazine ranked her as one of most powerful people in the world nine times;
  • She has been named eight times to Time magazine’s most influential 100 people on the planet [Read more …]

“She would be the most qualified person to enter the White House in modern history,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared. “She’d be the best qualified person we’ve seen — with all due respect to President Clinton when he went in, President Obama and President Bush and everybody else.”

She knows a thing or two about voting rights and is qualified to call out Republicans, by name to highlight and expose their records on voting rights. Up With Steve Kornacki  Hillary Clinton calls out Republican opponents by name on voting rights on 6/6/15

Hillary Clinton picked a fight – very intentionally – with some of the biggest names in the Republican Party on voting rights. The UP guests consider her game plan as Republicans intensely responded

See the video:

Clinton aims to keep GOP on the defensive


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