Senator Scott Brown demanded Friday that his Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, reimburse taxpayers for the $276,000 that the state spent to mail thousands of voter registration forms to welfare recipients.
…“It’s been disturbing for a lot of people to learn that the state’s welfare department undertook an unprecedented voter registration drive at the behest of Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and the organization she represents,” he said. “It is clear that this was done to aid Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign. Professor Warren has more than $13 million dollars in her campaign account, and if she wants to mail every welfare recipient a voter registration form, she should do so at her own expense, not taxpayers’. She should immediately reimburse the state for the cost of this mailing and stop playing politics with the taxpayers’ money.”
I’m just really dumbfounded. It’s so crazy, so silly, so hysterical, so whiny and pathetic. It’s the law, dude.
We live in a democracy, where people vote for their representatives. The right to vote is sacrosanct. The expansion of that franchise as widely as possible is the hallmark of a great democracy, one that trusts its people to make wise choices in self-government. As the Congress wrote in the 1993 National Voting Registration Act:
The Congress finds that—
(1) the right of citizens of the United States to vote is a fundamental right;
(2) it is the duty of the Federal, State, and local governments to promote the exercise of that right; and
(3) discriminatory and unfair registration laws and procedures can have a direct and damaging effect on voter participation in elections for Federal office and disproportionately harm voter participation by various groups, including racial minorities.
… even if they vote for the “wrong” people.
If there’s any justice, this is going to come down on Brown like a ton of bricks. It’s not dignified; it’s not adult … and it’s not American, in the sense in which you trust the electorate for better or worse.