Means the Voting Rights Amendment Act is dead. Great.
Here's why. A year ago, the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) that required states and localities with a history of discrimination to get approval from the federal government before changing voting procedures. Since the landmark ruling, Republican lawmakers in 8 of the the 15 states that used to be covered by the VRA's voter protections have passed or enacted restrictive voting measures.
To fix this, a bipartisan group of Representatives introduced legislation earlier this year that would reinstate many of the VRA's voter protections. House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)—after trekking to Selma, Alabama on a civil rights pilgrimage—became the only member of the GOP leadership to back the bill, called the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA). Now Cantor is out of the picture, and some advocates say that without his support, a voting rights fix is doomed.
I thought he was jackbutton, but I've never been in favor of replacing crazy with crazier. Democrats better win a whole hell of a lot of seats in November.