Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jason Riley - Confronting Eric Holder's race-baiting antics

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Jason Riley takes Eric Holder's race-baiting to task in his recent article for The Wall Street Journal. As Riley notes, Americans overwhelmingly support voter ID laws and these laws have not "suppressed" minority's vote as some falsely claim.

The willingness of the Obama administration to stoke racial divisions for political gain is astounding. On Sunday Attorney General Eric Holder doubled down on his past assertions that criticism of the White House is racially motivated and that Republicans are pushing voter ID laws to disenfranchise blacks.

"There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president," Mr. Holder told ABC News. "There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don't think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus."

In 2008, Barack Obama outperformed both Al Gore (in 2000) and John Kerry (in 2004) among white voters in states like Texas, Georgia and the Carolinas. Has it occurred to Mr. Holder that criticism of the president might be due to his performance and not his skin color? Wasn't Mr. Obama already black when he was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012?

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