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  •  Bailing in jurisdictions is going to (6+ / 0-)

    be a heavy lift for DoJ, as they will have to prove intentional racial discrimination.  But, given the decision in the Texas redistricting case, they are already pretty darn close, if not actually there, on that for Texas.

    The problem comes for other jurisdictions.  Section 3 may be appropriate for many of the previously covered jurisdiction, but it will not, in any way, shape or form, cover all of those.  And, it will be a case by case approach, which will be inexerably slow, especially given the potential for appeals.  But, despite the potential problems, the approach by Holder is the right one for now.

    I'm glad to hear Sensenbrenner's remarks.  The use of Section 3 is really only a stopgap until some legislative remedy to the disasterous (and wrong-headed) decision in Shelby County can be found.  Those remarks give me hope that there may just be enough reasonable Republicans in the House to actually get something done -- perhaps even before 2014.  In the meantime, DoJ should be proactive in pursuing bail ins for jurisdictions where they have a good chance to prove intent.  North Carolina is just one more that comes to mind.

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 09:10:57 AM PDT

    •  Sensenbrenner is an interesting case (5+ / 0-)

      He's horrible on so many things; he's been a hardline restrictionist on immigration for example. But on the Civil Rights Act, he's been an ally. It just goes to show how echoes of the past can continue to inform some politicians well after their party has changed. Sensenbrenner has been in office forever; as a kid, he probably remembers a Republican Party that still embraced Lincoln and a local political culture that 150 years ago was one of the strongest backers of the Union in the Civil War. There once was a strain of conservatism that actually understood and backed emancipation with the genuine desire that it should lead to full equality. Sensenbrenner is old enough to have been around that regional party perspective as a young man.

      I revile nearly everything else about the man's politics, but one has to give credit when credit is due.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 09:41:40 AM PDT

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