Texas Republicans try (and fail) to justify long voting lines

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  2 weeks ago  •  21 comments

By:   Steve Benen (MSNBC. com)

Texas Republicans try (and fail) to justify long voting lines
"If you can wait in line for a covid test," the Texas GOP argued, "you can wait in line to vote." That's not a good argument.

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Jan. 10, 2022, 2:23 PM UTC By Steve Benen

In May 2020, the Trump White House had launched an aggressive campaign against mail-in voting — despite the fact that members of the then-president's team personally cast ballots through the mail — even if that meant pushing for Americans to stand in long voting lines during a pandemic.

Kellyanne Conway, a prominent White House official, argued at the time that this was a justifiable position because she knew of some people who waited in lines for baked goods.

There were a great many problems with the argument, but one specific flaw was of particular interest: Conway didn't contest the fact that she and her party preferred an electoral system in which it was more difficult for Americans to participate in their own democracy. Officials could make it easier for voters to cast ballots, but Conway and her cohorts argued that those policies must be rejected.

A year and a half later, some Republicans are taking this same argument, and making it considerably worse. HuffPost noted:


You have to stand for something, but it appears the Republican Party of Texas is against COVID testing and short lines for voting. That's based on a trollish tweet the Texas GOP posted Friday that seemed to lambaste people who think it's possible to have easy access to voting and COVID-19 tests.

"If you can wait in line for a covid test," the Texas GOP argued on Friday, "you can wait in line to vote."

It's a baffling perspective. It's awful that so many Americans are struggling to get tested for Covid-19, but to see this as some kind of justification for long voting lines is incoherent.

Perhaps most important is the degree to which the state GOP conceded that Democrats are right. As we've discussed, Texas Republicans spent part of 2021 making it even harder to vote, banning drive-through voting, restricting voting by mail, banning voting in overnight hours, empowering partisan poll watchers, and restricting absentee voting.

Voting rights advocates accused GOP officials of having made voting more difficult on purpose, including the re-imposition of long voting lines. Texas Republicans could try to argue the opposite, challenging the premise, but instead they're conceding the point.

The party is skipping past the point of contention: Texas Republicans, by their own admission, are on board with long voting lines. This is a defensible position, they're arguing, because people are forced to endure other kinds of long lines.

This comes against a backdrop in which the Texas secretary of state's office said last week that it hasn't been able to find any meaningful problems with the state's 2020 presidential election — imagined irregularities that GOP policymakers used to justify the state's new voter-suppression policies.

Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer for "The Rachel Maddow Show," the editor of MaddowBlog and an MSNBC political contributor. He's also the bestselling author of "The Impostors: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics."


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JohnRussell
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Texans lining up to vote ?

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Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

Maybe, if one is stupid enough to not notice the little logo for a television station in California. Kind of doubt they have reporters on the scene in Texas.

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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1.1.1  Nowhere Man  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1    2 weeks ago

Here's another version of the same shot plus story, ABC-7 Los Angeles...

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Nowhere Man @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

Just a little ironic, isn't it, when you consider how Fox News was just ripped in an article seeded here by the same person trying to pass a shot in California off as a shot of Texas?

Well, ironic or hypocritical.

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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1.1.3  Nowhere Man  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.2    2 weeks ago

A little of Both? {chuckle}

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.4  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.2    2 weeks ago

Texan, I am one person , not a supposedly respected and responsible national news network that influences tens of millions of people every week. 

The photo, by my use, was obvious satire or snarkery. People dont actually line up to vote sitting in their cars. There was no attempt to fool anyone, just to make a funny point.  Fox News did not use the photo of the empty shelves in a humorous or obvious way. 

You are hopelessly inept at this. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.5  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1    2 weeks ago

This while in another seed they are pitching a fit about a photo from Japan being used in an article about the supply chain problems.

And imagine that - the person who seeded that article is the same that seeded this article.

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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1.1.6  Nowhere Man  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.5    2 weeks ago

Don't ya love how that works?

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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1.1.7  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.4    2 weeks ago

"look who's talking."  jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.8  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.5    2 weeks ago

Y'all are dense. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.9  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.8    2 weeks ago

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Texan1211
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1.1.10  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.4    2 weeks ago
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Texan1211
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1.1.11  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.4    one week ago
exan, I am one person , not a supposedly respected and responsible national news network

I never said you were.

Strawman--argue what no one is even fucking talking about.

The photo, by my use, was obvious satire or snarkery.

Uh, huh, sure.

You are hopelessly inept at this.

Always got to get personal, don't you?

Don't worry, you can keep on doing it without consequences.

 
 
 
bbl-1
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2  bbl-1    2 weeks ago

Texas hasn't been a 'democracy' for at least two decades.  OIL owns Texas.  The citizens are serfs.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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2.1  Split Personality  replied to  bbl-1 @2    2 weeks ago

Mostly hype since the late 80's because nothing recovered during that decade.

Banks now rule and solar and wind energy sectors compete with oil & OPEC.

"All of the party was over": How the last oil bust changed Texas (krgv.com)

Hell, we're even making more vodka, rum, whiskey and wine nowadays....

 
 
 
bbl-1
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2.1.1  bbl-1  replied to  Split Personality @2.1    2 weeks ago

OIL money is old money.  It is all that is left and it has bought everything.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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2.1.2  Split Personality  replied to  bbl-1 @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

The bride just retired from a huge law firm. Too many stories of ranchers and oil "barons"

breaking the wealth chains with their kids and grand kids, giving the heirs maybe 10 -20%

IF they meet a long list of requirements and the rest goes to charities,

There are fewer and fewer oilmen in government every day

and less and less money.

The GOP Isn't dead yet, but the $$ is drying up very quickly.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.2  Texan1211  replied to  bbl-1 @2    2 weeks ago
Texas hasn't been a 'democracy' for at least two decades.  OIL owns Texas.  The citizens are serfs.

Oh, FFS.

Is there some obscure website that sells all these crazy-ass ideas to progressive liberals?

Maybe you should look to see what the definition of serf is.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3  Gsquared    2 weeks ago
"If you can wait in line for a covid test," the Texas GOP argued on Friday, "you can wait in line to vote."

That statement exemplifies the complete and utter contempt Republicans have for the American people.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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4  Hal A. Lujah    2 weeks ago

Kellyanne Conway, a prominent White House official, argued at the time that this was a justifiable position because she knew of some people who waited in lines for baked goods.

I wonder how she would feel about setting up polling stations at Starbucks then?

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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5  Greg Jones    2 weeks ago

What with all the accommodations and rule changes made in recent years, it has never been easier to vote. Only idiots would wait until the last day to register and/or vote. Reports of long lines are mostly untrue.

 
 

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