Following up on Dennis G’s history of the Southern strategy in Republican politics, let’s not forget the role of good, old-fashioned voter suppression. J.D. Hayworth’s latest birther outburst contains an example:
“He believes that that legislation is drawn too narrowly,” said Hayworth communications director Mark Sanders, when TPMDC asked for Hayworth’s position. “And his thinking on it is that we require every voter when they go to the polls to prove who they are and prove that they are eligible to vote, so we should require that not only of presidential candidates but also every candidate on the ballot.”
Hayworth just takes for granted that voters have to show identification at the polls, but that’s a new, Republican, innovation. In most states, a voter used to be able to sign their name and vote. New requirements for “proof” — a picture id — suppress turnout of poor voters who might not have a picture id. And they add a little fear factor for recent citizens.
So, Hayworth’s statement is a two-fer: Not only is Obama a secret Kenyan Muslim, but we’re going to keep Mexicans from voting.