A word to the wise to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who seems very eager to be chosen as Mitt Romney’s running mate: If you veto the new voter-ID bill now before you, then fuhgeddaboutit!!!
What sort of pathetic excuse for a conservative does not understand that requiring voters to show IDs is fair, wise, sensible, reasonable, and desperately necessary for the integrity of our elections?
Yet McDonnell still is unsure whether he will sign the bill, worrying entirely about spurious objections that basically amount to excuses, as if he somehow fears the Occupy crowd.
As this Washington Post story explained, Virginia legislators carefully considered the governor’s suggestions, and accepted some of them while rejecting the one about voter signatures for the patently obvious and sensible reason that it would turn polling officials into handwriting analysts with no training, and open up decisions to widespread lawsuits.
Look, Guv’ner: 64% of Americans support photo ID laws. Voter fraud is rampant, with 46 states featuring vote-fraud prosecutions in the past decade. And career Democrats such as former Rep. Artur Davis and longtime pollster Pat Caddell says IDs are essential for the integrity of the vote.
Do you really want Virginia to be to the left of Rhode Island when it comes to voter ID?
Get some backbone, Gov. McDonnell. As Robin Williams’ character asked in Dead Poets Society, “are you a man, or an amoeba?”