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Obama “Deeply Disappointed” by Voting Rights Ruling

President Obama today said he was “deeply disappointed” by a Supreme Court ruling that states could no longer be judged by standards nearly 50 years old to determine whether their voting procedures require federal oversight.

Deeply disappointed? Really? Have we made no progress in five decades? Are we really at this point in danger of slipping back to the kind of voter discrimination blacks experienced in the 1960s and before?

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, Alaska, Arizona, and parts of seven other states to receive “pre-clearance” from either the attorney general or federal judges before making changes to voting laws.

The Court didn’t invalidate the principle that some states or areas require federal scrutiny. It merely said we’ve advanced enough as a society that new standards must be written based on current conditions, and that the punishment of states for what was done even before the civil rights era must be stopped.

Obama almost immediately released a written statement of outrage:

I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today.  For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans.  Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote.  But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination.  I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls.  My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.

Note that last sentence. Get ready for some kind of end run around the Court.

This president, especially as our first African American president, was supposed to be about unifying the nation. How does it unite the country to continue to leave certain states and regions in the corner with a dunce cap on, degrading them despite decades of arduous progress?

Obama has reflexively aligned himself with the racial-politics-as-usual crowd instead of bravely differentiating himself and acting as the leader of us all. The new kind of politician we were sold in 2008, as we see time and time again, is no different than the old kind.

Here’s the crowd I’m talking about:

Biden To Blacks: Romney Kept Your Chains for You

Well, my first thought was that this was nonsense, and that Vice President Biden was using a figure of speech by suggesting Romney want to put people in chains.

But unfortunately, this is completely consistent with other Obama campaign efforts to inject race into the campaign – whether it’s Attorney General Eric Holder implying that voter ID laws are about suppressing the black vote, or Vice President Biden telling Hispanics that those who want to limit immigration are racist, or the constant claims by President Obama and Michelle that they want to win so people can succeed “no matter what you look like.”

There’s more, but I won’t list it all here. But know that Biden’s metaphor fits naturally into what is a clear strategy to make minorities afraid of Republicans. Whether planned or not, it emanates from the campaign playbook. It stinks.

Here’s the quote, from Biden earlier today in Danville, Virginia:

Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he’s gonna let the big banks again write their own rules.”Unchain Wall Street!” They’re going to put you all back in chains.

And here’s the video:

Notice Biden has slipped into a black accent. So there’s one hint he’s talking to black people about Romney putting them back in chains.

What’s more, according to NBC, Danville is about 50 percent African American, and the audience reflected the area’s demography.

What’s with all these chameleons? Hillary, Biden, and Obama himself all start talking black when they appear in front of blacks.

The campaign gives Biden its seal of approval:

This came after a long duel in which Cutter tried not to specifically say that the Obama campaign condoned the actual words. Didn’t earn her paycheck today.

And one other thing. I’m beginning to have a lot of trouble imagining Biden as president. And it’s not linked to politics.

I can just see him in the middle of the night with nothing on but his slippers, and his finger on the nuclear button: “DONT MAKE ME DO IT! DON’T MAKE ME DO IT!”

And now for the musical entertainment portion of our post:

The Beatles did a good version too, but this one is better, in my opinion.

Biden Plays the Race Card in Vegas

Vice President Biden this week engaged in some of the most egregious race baiting of the campaign, charging that the policies of Mitt Romney and Republicans with respect to Latinos were the modern equivalent of xenophobic and discriminatory practices of the past. The clear race baiting, largely ignored by the mainstream press, came during a speech… Continue Reading

Race Threatens to Become a Weapon in the Campaign

The 2008 campaign was remarkably free of racial talk, as the first serious black candidate for president sailed to victory in a largely colorblind campaign that emphasized his personal qualities and proposals. Obama refrained from making his race an issue, and his opponents mostly left it alone too. But events in the past week raise… Continue Reading

Race Surfaces at Today’s Carney Briefing

Racial issues made an unusual – fortunately – appearance in the White House briefing room today, with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney generally walking the perilous path with aplomb. Chicago Tribune reporter Christi Parsons asked Carney if race had anything to do with Obama’s selection of Gary Locke, who is Chinese American, to be… Continue Reading