Apparently the American people have become enamored with cheaters.
We've already dealt with Lance Armstrong who doped himself to, among other things, seven Tour d'France titles. Now we're dealing with juicers in the major leagues...and the fans who defend them. Juiced record holders...most career home runs, single season home runs. MVPs, Cy Young awards, Gold Gloves. Juicers who cheated and then lied about it...see Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Ryan Braun. And now there's Alex Rodriguez, who has acknowledged cheating but doesn't think anything should be done to him because of it.
What a perfect world for the Republican Party to operate in.
The R's seem to have adopted the lie, cheat and steal method of winning elections. And take note...the R's are all about winning elections. They care nothing about governing. Which is probably a good thing since, as noted in this space before, they are so completely horrible at it. And, in their efforts to cheat, they have apparently enlisted the aid of the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court.
When the Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the R's in control of state legislatures and governor's mansions immediately began to plot to steal elections. How? By preventing carefully selected groups from voting. Voter suppression laws that even their authors knew wouldn't past muster if the Voting Rights Act stood, rushed to pass them as soon as the Supreme Court did their bidding. Texas, Alabama, and Florida were joined by their northern cousins in Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in passing extremely restrictive voting laws. This culminated in North Carolina whose new voting law...or should we say anti-voting law...basically doesn't allow anybody but, oh, Republicans to vote.
One wonders what they truly believe they're accomplishing. The Supreme Court didn't strike down the entire law and the Justice Department has already sued Texas, not only over their voter restrictions but over their gerrymandering of Congressional and legislative districts. Civil rights organizations, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center...all these will be in court challenging these laws in all the states trying to impose them. And it's just possible that significant numbers or non-minority voters won't want their states to continue to be represented by redneck bigots who can't win except by cheating.
And, finally, it appears the R's learn nothing from history. Even recent history. Like, say, last year. The more they tried to restrict voting, the more they failed. Their initiatives were thrown out by the courts. And all their efforts to increase the difficulty to vote only galvanized those these efforts were aimed out. African American and Hispanic voters came out in record numbers...to vote against their tormentors.
The R's truly must want to hand the Congress over to the Democrats. Because they're doing their best to make sure it happens.