"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

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-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

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--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tim Kaine Gathering Up the Felon Vote for Obama

Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia, when not commuting death sentences, has stayed busy fast-tracking applications from felons to have their voting rights restored. In Virginia, the only way a felon can vote is to petition the governor for restoration of that right.

Even the Washington Post acknowledges that this accelerated process is related to Obama's presidential campaign, and the campaign's hope to place Virginia in play in the general election. The state Repubs are calling Kaine out on the issue:
I don' t know a lot of young Republicans who end up being felons," said Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah). "Clearly the groups that are soliciting these felons to get their rights restored are predisposed to be in support of Obama, and I am sure this registration effort is designed to help their candidate.

What does it say of your candidacy and your party if you believe that the felon voting bloc is so solidly yours that it's worth spending time, money, and effort soliciting them to get their rights restored?

What's next for Kaine? A new campaign advocacy group: "Rapists, Murderers, and Drug Dealers for Obama?"

1 comment:

Western Justice said...

You make the faulty assumption that the politicians will keep their promises to the voters who vote for them.

You don't have to look further than Obama making private financing a great virtue and McCain (suddenly, abruptly) declaring he will use public financing, even though he was wishy washy on that issue the past year. For both Obama and McCain the ends justify the means.