The Weekly Standard brings us the latest wit and wisdom from Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a fundraiser for Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington State:
Recalling a story that Cantwell had told as she was introducing him about crying as a little girl because she thought one of her neighbors had said she wasn’t going to vote and Cantwell feared she would be arrested, Biden said it wasn’t much different today.
“Republicans have changed the law so you get arrested if you do vote,” he said, apparently joking. He cited efforts in Pennsylvania, Ohio and elsewhere “to essentially try to intimidate people, taking people off the rolls.”
“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” he said.
It doesn’t seem very apparent that Biden was “joking” if he “cited efforts” in specific states. The defenders of vote fraud are very insistent that common-sense efforts to properly identify voters are actually nefarious plots to disenfranchise or intimidate minorities. Biden was not “joking” – he’s relaying a very low-brow version of standard Democrat Party cant.
One of the curious contradictions of vote-fraud defenders is that they simultaneously condemn simple voter ID procedures as “intimidating,” while assuring us that ballot abuse are not a serious problem because prospective fraudsters are intimidated by the consequence of getting caught. Then they claim very few people are getting caught because of voter fraud, and grow angry at serious attempts to study the problem beyond counting the number of actual prosecutions that have taken place.
No other crime is measured solely by the number of successfully prosecuted offenders. Few laws are condemned by liberals because of the theoretical possibility that well-meaning citizens might find them intimidating. And voting booths seem to be the only place liberals think efforts by the government to properly identify citizens are inherently evil. Would the Vice-President feel better if some of the thousands of IRS agents hired by his boss to enforce ObamaCare were tasked with overseeing those voter ID programs?