Saturday, June 16, 2007

I was just following orders

Another rock overturned.
Von Spakovsky, they wrote, had been instrumental in overruling career attorneys who objected to voter ID laws -- such as the infamous case of Georgia's 2005 law, which was ultimately blocked by a federal appeals court, likened by the judge to a Jim Crow-era poll tax.

But in his testimony before the panel yesterday, von Spakovsky said they had it all wrong. He was merely one counsel among many there, and when he was asked his opinion, he gave it; he was not "a decision maker." He nevertheless defended the division's stances, even though, he argued, they weren't his decisions to make. Here is under questioning by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) about the Georgia voter ID law::


Steve Bates said...

Spakovsky is disingenuously making exactly the backwards statistical argument. It's not, as he rants about, the percentage of (say) African Americans among people who have some sort of ID already... it's the percentage among all African Americans eligible to vote who have some sort of ID. You can make hellish arguments like his if you deliberately pick the wrong denominator, and he'll never convince me that his doing so was accidental.

I hope he is not only not confirmed, but is charged, tried, convicted and rots in jail for a long time.

ellroon said...

He's a little fish, I want the big shark Rove to be caught,stuffed and hung in the Smithsonian for all to see how not to run a republic.