By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Barack Obama and his sidekick Eric Holder shared all kinds of adventures when Obama was president and Holder was his law-breaking attorney general. From trampling all over journalists’ First Amendment rights to leading a criminal gunrunning sting gone terribly wrong, Obama and Holder were like the Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid of government abuse.
Last week the two were reunited (and it felt so good) when the former president shilled for Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee. The left-wing organization’s mission is to sue Republican states for their “gerrymandered” political maps while pushing for Democrat-friendly, gerrymandered districts.
In short, NDRC is a lot like its frontman: an extreme partisan posing as a seeker of justice.
NDRC’s fundraiser last week featured another poser, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Barack, Eric, and Nancy insist they’re in the business of saving democracy. They’re really just trying to save extremely unpopular Democrats from losing in districts where socialism, climate change alarmism and defunding the police don’t sell. Basically, most of the geographic United States.
Obama, Holder and Pelosi, who pulled the levers of leftist extremism during Obama’s eight years in office, now suddenly lament the extremism in American politics.
“The goal of the NDRC is not to somehow shift the tilt so that Democrats are favored,” Obama claimed. “The goal of NDRC is to make fair maps in which everyone is competing under a common set of rules designed to maximize citizen participation.”
But not just any citizen. The right citizen. Or, better put, the left citizen.
Holder’s NDRC has long fought against Wisconsin’s maps drawn by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, in 2011. Republicans swept into power in Wisconsin and much of the nation because voters rejected the liberal policies of Obama and his fellow Democrats. Thanks to Obama and friends, Republicans took control at just the right time — when the Legislature was obligated to redraw federal and local political districts based on the new decennial census.
The left has never forgiven Republicans for the Democratic Party’s failure to hold the majority.
So, Holder’s group was established to sue. Not in places like Illinois, where Democrats control everything and have, consequently, created the kinds of gerrymandered and party-friendly maps they accuse Republicans of making in Wisconsin.
Holder was a vocal supporter of Gov. Tony Evers’ ridiculous People’s Maps Commission. The Democrat governor insisted his people (the commission was made up of left-leaning members) would be different. They would craft fair maps for all. They weren’t. In fact, they were so bad legislative Democrats rejected them. The maps were so bad they ignored the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which ensures minority Americans aren’t disenfranchised. Holder was on board with those maps.
Shilling for his old, lawless pal, Obama audaciously decried Republicans for “passing laws designed to prevent American citizens from exercising their right to vote. And drawing congressional maps that drown out the voice of ordinary people.”
The kind of laws Obama and Holder support would water down election integrity for the sake of Democratic Party power. They want courts to break the constitution to rewrite the laws.
Barack and Eric ride again.