The decision from Attorney General Brad Schimel’s office earlier this week to begin enforcing Voter ID laws after the April 7 cycle should encourage conservatives.
Nationally, we’re facing a liberal hegemony and a wimpy legislature. But in Wisconsin, we’re doing it right, in a concerted, coordinated effort lead by national darling Governor Scott Walker.
The pragmatism of Voter ID is important, though its detractors still insist the law is a solution in search of a problem. The standard-issue banter quickly devolves from saying it’s a pointless law to hurling racist insults about disenfranchisement. The entire spectacle reinforces the idea that Wisconsin Democrats stand for whatever conservatives don’t.
A common theme of the Mary Burke candidacy was to oppose whatever the governor supports. Protecting the vote shouldn’t be a partisan issue; a common yarn spun by Democrats is that if a policy protects just one person, then it’s something the rest of us should all suck up — you know, in the interest of preserving the common good, promoting the general welfare, and on and on.
A few Democrat bloggers have made the point that the law has everything to do with suppressing Democrat voters — which is a candid acknowledgment on their part: they rely on a permanent underclass who doesn’t traditionally carry around a standard, state-issued identification card like everyone else is supposed to, and that’s how they win votes, by ensuring the conditions in which they don’t normally have to have one.
Conservatism works, and Wisconsin is its best example.