By Seth Maloney | 9 comments
Remember Trent Franks? He seems familiar. Why did he last show up on the radar?
During a House Judiciary hearing on his abortion bill Wednesday, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said that he opposes an exemption for rape victims because "the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low." (HuffPo)
Oh, that's right. He hates women.
But that was back in January. Since then he's had some time to think of another way to show just how out of touch he and the rest of the GOP have become on just about... everything.
He's the point man in the House for rebuilding section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. If anything, putting Trent in charge of the Voting Rights Act has answered the question that everyone's been asking since preclearance was struck down. The House, indeed, will not move in favor of the VRA.
Most of the talk coming from him and others have been that Justice Roberts said what everyone is thinking, that we don't really need section 4, that preclearance is a relic of the past, and that we need to stop thinking like it's 1965. Because there are no more racial motives in electoral politics.
The GOP knows that Democrats will be hit hard if voter ID laws go through. Republicans scream and shout for these laws to fight fraud. The reality is that fraud takes place very rarely, and the same week preclearance was struck down, several states it once applied to introduced those exact ID laws. The timing isn't remotely fishy. At all.
The tragedy of giving Franks the charge of overseeing a change in the preclearance formula is that he doesn't care. He calls marriage equality a "treat to the nation's survival." We know his stance on reproductive rights. Now he gets to add the notch of suppressing democracy to his belt.
Why do we still need the Voting Rights Act? There's the 1,500 discriminatory laws it's blocked since it was passed, the 80 bills introduced in 2013 alone that are trying to suppress votes.
Congressional action on the issue is in its infancy. There's still time to change the face of our democracy's future.
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