The zeal with which Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, is pursuing his prerogative to purge our voter rolls of undesirables makes one wish he spent even half that effort on, say, caring for children who fall through the cracks in our state welfare system. Surely, there are many more of them than there are non-citizens who seek to throw our elections.
Considering that only a handful of voter fraud cases have ever been unearthed anywhere, you have to wonder what the reason is for all the fuss. Certainly, the integrity of the vote wasn’t such a burning concern when Florida Secretary of State and Bush Florida Campaign Chair Katherine Harris stopped the recount and certified the election in 2000. Only in third-world countries (and you can argue Florida is one of them) could someone get away with holding both positions simultaneously.
A cynic might aver that, for the constitution-loving GOP, the ends justify the means when it comes to blocking the polls to those who have a good chance of voting The Wrong Way. Abraham Lincoln (a Republican) is credited with having coined the phrase, “The constitution is not a suicide pact,” possibly when he suspended the right of habeas corpus during the Civil War, and evidently this dictum has been taken to heart by his political successors.
Florida is a special state in that it is politically so closely divided, and possesses so many electoral votes that a small margin could swing the national election. Here, the assertion that “every vote counts” (which is something of a joke in solid blue or red states like Vermont and Kansas), really does mean something. Which is why any attempt to place a thumb on the scale, legally or otherwise, might be richly rewarded in a Romney administration. I might suggest an ambassadorship, say to the Kingdom of Spain. There, Ambassador Scott and King Juan Carlos could relax over sangria and spend a siesta or two discussing the finer points of elephant hunting.Copyright © 2015, CT Now