from The Wall Street Journal, Hillary Plays Dirty as Her Numbers Drop by Carl Rove:
“Republicans are systematically trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting,” she tweeted last week, a reference to GOP efforts to pass state voter ID laws. These laws, which require people to present photo identification at their polling places, are clearly designed to protect the integrity of the ballot. Democrats claim that these laws suppress minority voters, but a 2012 analysis by Reuters showed that after Georgia’s voter ID law went into effect in 2006, black turnout increased four percentage points in 2008 compared with 2004, and seven percentage points in 2010 compared with 2006.
Would Mrs. Clinton attack the common practice of requiring a photo ID to cash a check by saying that banks were trying to stop millions from buying the necessities of life? I doubt it.
In a June speech she accused Republicans of orchestrating “a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people.” She then called out Govs. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rick Perry and Scott Walker for supporting election-law reforms and for periodically removing dead people and felons from registration rolls.
Oddly, she made these remarks in Texas, which has a relatively lax absentee voting law and nearly two weeks of no-excuse early voting. New York, where Mrs. Clinton was twice elected to the U.S. Senate, does not allow early voting at all and only offers absentee ballots to those physically unable, for one reason or another, to go to the polls. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton thinks New York’s sitting Democratic governor is part of the nefarious “sweeping effort” to disenfranchise voters.
Mrs. Clinton has an ally in making these charges, namely a compliant media that does not challenge her characterizations. Imagine the outrage if a Republican candidate alleged that Mrs. Clinton seems to delight in slashing spending on embassy security, for example.