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Goose, gander, and goslings

What they say is true in Virginia

| Across the nation, Repugnicans have been passing voter suppression laws, which they characterize as preventing "voter fraud" — a problem that does not exist. Kansas, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas all passed laws in 2011 requiring voters to show photo identification in order to vote (ABCNews.com). The fact that millions of legitimate voters do not have identification of the sort specified in these laws appears to be of no concern to the Repugnicans. No, they are concerned about protecting "the integrity of the vote." Conveniently for the GOP, a great many of those millions are people who tend to vote Democratic. Quelle surprise!

Meanwhile, back in Virginia, the toughest laws in the nation for getting your name on an election ballot have been on the books for four decades. Candidates must collect 10000 signatures with at least 400 from each of the congressional districts. Now, a funny thing happened on the way to the Virginia Republican primary: only two candidates for the Republican primary qualified — Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. They are the geese in this allegory. Having failed to qualify, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Jon Huntsman sued to be placed on the ballot. They are the ganders, contending that the rules that applied to the geese should not apply to them.

Isn't this just like politicians? They love to make rules, but don't like it when the rules are applied to them.

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Here come de judge!

On Friday, a federal judge denied the request by the Feckless Four to be on the ballot. He said they should have filed their suit months ago when they found out that Virginia law prohibits out-of-state residents to collect signatures. "In essence, they played the game, lost, and then complained that the rules were unfair," said the judge, adding that if they had filed their complaint earlier they would very likely have been granted preliminary relief.

The chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus piled on: "If someone is running for president of the United States, the leader of the free world, you would think they would understand the requirements."

Indeed! Serves them right!

Moral: What's good for the goose is good for the gander!

Last updated on May 27, 2016

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