This week for Clutch Magazine The Snob went political (one of my favorite things to do) and tackled how Florida Republicans are trying to push the Sunshine State into Mitt Romney's favor by purging their voter rolls of "possibly" illegal voters. They're currently fighting the Department of Justice as the DOJ says this purge is in violation of the Voter Rights Act. Hey, if the fight against non-existent voter fraud errs on the side of Democratic-leaning citizens not being able to vote, Republicans are willing to make that, ahem, sacrifice.
From Clutch Magazine:
Call it insurance in a race where – eventually – Mitt Romney is almost guaranteed to say or do something that is demoralizing or alienating for his base, especially in his lurch for the political center. (After all, for religious/social conservatives and Tea Partiers, Romney wasn’t the one they wanted, but they one they settled for.)
Even though Romney’s approval ratings are trickling up with the end of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum constantly repeating why no one should ever, ever trust Mitt Romney, they could deflate at any moment. Because American politics are as fickle as those fair-weather voters. Romney could pick a tragically-flawed running mate. Obama could face a terrorist attack on American soil. Pick-an-industry-any-American-industry could collapse again, needing a government bailout. Romney’s name really could turn out to be “Mittens.” You just never know what’s going to be the thing that causes things to spike or collapse ahead of that vote.
So stopping the vote is the ultimate fail safe. If by some Obama-esque charm offensive, the president is able to get back his 2008 glow (or Romney completely collapses under the weight of his own inconsistencies) the GOP needs a back-up plan. And voter suppression is that back-up plan.