MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers and his gaggle of Democratic governors just added Washington, D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser to their exclusive club. It’s their subtle way of saying Democrat-heavy D.C. should be the 51st state in the Union and that would mean the nation’s Capital would get two U.S. senators to bolster the Democrat Senate majority.
What does Evers’ think about it all? Not sure. His office didn’t return Empower Wisconsin’s multiple requests for comment.
The DGA’s press release is filled with the usual liberal dogma on “Republican voter suppression” and the expansion of voting rights (without a single reference to voter integrity, of course).
“… (W)e are honored to fight for D.C. statehood by welcoming Mayor Muriel Bowser to the Democratic Governors Association,” said DGA Chair Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. With 700,000-some residents, making D.C a state is a “voting rights and civil rights issue,” Grisham insists.
Dallas, Texas has nearly twice as many residents. How come there’s no push to make “The Big D” a state? Because doing so would present thorny constitutional questions like D.C. statehood does.
It’s not about voting and civil rights. It’s a naked power grab by a Democratic Party that knows the clock is ticking on its reign. As the Washington Post notes, statehood would “probably result in two additional Democratic senators.”
There’s no probably about it. Washington, D.C. has voted for a Democrat in every president election since 1964, according to Ballotpedia.
Dems know they have a problem. Their march to socialism is impeded by the narrowest of majorities in the Senate — and a maverick in the ranks.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), a key swing vote, isn’t on board with his political brethren’s idea of instant statehood gratification. He supports a constitutional amendment rather than legislation. Manchin dropped a big No. 2 in the Dems’ punchbowl after the House passed a D.C. statehood bill last month.
The senator recently said in a radio interview that the 23rd Amendment is a “chief obstacle for D.C. statehood.” The Amendment gives D.C. residents the right to vote for president and vice president.
“But it still remains that, at present, the District is not considered a State for purposes of congressional representation,” the National Constitution Center explains.
Wisconsin’s Democratic governor has been pretty quiet about the Democratic benefits of D.C. statehood, as his club transforms the district’s mayor into a governor. Perhaps he doesn’t understand that making the District of Columnbia a state makes Wisconsin less relevant.