Eric Holder: Photo ID laws are 'poll taxes'

The national NAACP convention seemed more like an old-fashion southern revival meeting when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder finally showed up. A flight delay caused him to miss Monday’s scheduled address.

As expected, Holder used his speech to explain why the Justice Department refused to approve a new Texas law that requires a person to show a photo ID when voting.

'Under the proposed law, a concealed handgun licenses would be acceptable forms of photo ID, but student IDs would not,' Holder told the crowd.  'Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them, and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them.  We call those poll taxes.'

A federal court began its hearing on the Texas challenge Monday.

Holder touched on several other issues, but didn’t come close to his contempt of Congress charge for failing to turn over documents related to Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice program that allowed weapons from the United States to end up in the hands of Mexican drug gangs, which then used them in crimes and killings on both sides of the border, including the murder of a U.S. border agent.