Why Aren’t Conservatives Outraged?
Oh, Right, They Are the Ones Asking for It
One thing which supposedly unites the conservative class is their loathing of the federal government and their fear that the feds will obtain all of a person’s personal information and spy and control them. Son surely they are up in arms about this.
The vice chairman and day-to-day leader of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity, Kris Kobach, had asked election officials in a letter to turn over the data “if publicly available,” apparently to aid a nationwide search for evidence of election irregularities. Besides election information like voters’ names and party affiliations, the commission sought personal information including birth dates, felony conviction records, voting histories for the past decade and the last four digits of all voters’ Social Security numbers.
Wow, that ought to send the right wing conspiracy nuts rioting in the streets. What? It doesn’t. Why not?
The commission is officially bipartisan, and Mr. Kobach has said he will bring no biases to the job. That said, the Republicans named to the panel so far include some of the most ardent advocates of voting restrictions, led by Mr. Kobach and J. Kenneth Blackwell, who pushed for more stringent voting rules in the mid-2000s as
secretary of state. Ohio
Another Republican appointee announced on Thursday, Hans A. von Spakovsky, is a former Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration who advocates stricter laws on voting and registering. Mr. von Spakovsky, a Heritage Foundation scholar who maintains an online repository of voting-fraud convictions, has crusaded against what he calls a liberal bias in federal enforcement of election laws. “When it comes to American elections, the Obama Justice Department has taken the side of criminals over law-abiding citizens,” he wrote last year in a critique of the department’s lawyers. “It has used selective enforcement of the law to help Democrats retain power.”
Oh, right, these are conservatives looking to use the information to suppress Democratic voters. Okay, never mind, nothing to see here, just a bunch of conservative hypocrites.