Wisconsin GOP candidate Dan Sebring accused the Supreme Court of halting implementation of Wisconsin’s voter ID law specifically to hurt Governor Scott Walker’s chances in 2016. No, really, he did say that. He said it in spite of the fact that the Supreme Court didn’t actually strike the law down.
Sebring implied that he sees some type of conspiracy here (but, with everything being a conspiracy to the Right, we can’t expect much). Think Progress quoted him as saying to other Republicans:
My personal feeling is that this is a play to steer the outcome of the gubernatorial election so that Scott Walker wouldn’t have a chance of getting on the ticket in 2016 for the White House. I think that’s what they’re trying to do.
Think Progress also said that Republicans in Wisconsin were worried that they couldn’t win this year without a voter ID law in place. So there it is; the voter ID law is supposed to keep people likely to vote blue out of the polls so Republicans can win. They claim the ID laws are to protect the integrity of voting, but in-person voter fraud is so rare that these laws are unnecessary and only serve to disenfranchise those who have trouble getting acceptable IDs. In Wisconsin, that means showing some type of proof of citizenship.
Scott Walker defended the law in his first debate with Democratic challenger Mary Burke, saying, according to Politico:
“It doesn’t matter if there’s one, 100 or 1,000,” Walker said. “Amongst us who would be that one person who would like to have our vote canceled out by a vote that was cast illegally?”
Sorry Governor, but when it disenfranchises people many thousands of times the instances of fraud, it does matter. And Burke pointed out that some 300,000 people in Wisconsin lack the necessary forms of ID, which aren’t always easy or cheap to get. It’s not like going to the store real quick to pick up tomato sauce because you don’t have any and can’t make your lasagna without it.
It’s not particularly surprising that Republicans would see this as a liberal conspiracy. They see everything that challenges their dominionist, discriminatory, and oppressive ideas as a conspiracy, or as persecution. That’s why they keep whining about “legislating from the bench” when it comes to the courts’ rulings on marriage equality (and other issues to boot). Except the courts aren’t doing that. They’re interpreting existing law, which is what they’re supposed to do. Going against what the GOP wants is hardly a conspiracy to bring down idiot conservatives like Walker.