Unconfirmed reports have it that Wisconsin’s Tea Party governor Scott Walker just peed himself a little. In a stunning last-minute appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Wisconsin’s implementation of the voter I.D. laws that Walker heavily supported, and which were earlier this month upheld by a lower federal court.
Things initially looked pretty grim for the voters of Wisconsin. On Monday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel ruled that Walker’s voter I.D. law was constitutional — not surprising since they laid the groundwork for the ruling a month earlier, lifting an injuction against the implementation of the law.
The ACLU sprung into action immediately, petitioning the SCOTUS to block the enactment of the I.D. law for at least 90 days. Their reasoning: Absentee voting ballots already went out without notification of the I.D. requirement. So, it would be “chaos” according to the ACLU when those ballots came in.
Of course, chaos, voter fraud, miscounting and suppression are all tactics readily embraced by the GOP…so these kinds of voter I.D. laws are always split along party lines. Republicans love them, members of the Democratic Party loathe them.
No shock then that Bush’s lapdogs Alito, Scalia and Thomas were against blocking the voter I.D. law; fortunately, they were outnumbered 6-3 in the decision. Wisconsin’s voter I.D. law was blocked — and with it, likely Scott Walker’s already slim chance of reelection.
Granted, the block is only good for 90 days, and the state ACLU has that amount of time to file a formal petition asking the SCOTUS to take up the case. Either way, this delaying tactic at least took a degree of voter suppression out of this election, and that may be all that’s needed to get Walker out of office. If/when that happens, expect the argument to vaporize shortly afterward.
But even if Walker still manages to squeak through, the SCOTUS can still hear the case. A spokesperson from Walker’s office told FOX (naturally) that Walker is confident that the court will ultimately uphold the law. So voters can have “confidence in the electoral process.”
Careful laughing….that floor is hard.
By the way, if this story sounds at all familiar — yes, almost the exact thing happened in Texas, almost simultaneously. Though, in Texas’ case, it was a federal judge in the state that struck Perry’s I.D. law down as unconstitutional. So, voter suppression laws may be on the way out, and democracy on its way back in.
Funny thing, though. Anybody else notice how many of the “Constitutional” Tea Party’s plans turn out to be unconstitutional? It’s almost like they don’t know what they’re talking about…or don’t care.