My home State of South Carolina won a ruling from a federal court in a lawsuit it filed against the Obama Department of Justice. The state spent $3.5 million to obtain federal court approval of its Voter ID law as non-discriminatory under the Voting Rights Act. According to PJ Media, the lawsuit was made necessary only because of the political and ideological radicalism of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez and his deputy Matthew Colangelo.
Perez and Colangelo were urged by career staff to grant administrative approval to The SC Voter law, but they were stubborn and refused. The refusal was obviously tied to the hoopla surrounding Voter ID laws leading up to the 2012 election. Now it is U.S. taxpayers who will be on the hook for their partisan political tyranny.
The state had until yesterday to file a revised bill with the court.
While many in the Attorney General’s office were heralding the decision by the court as a validation of their winning the lawsuit, the judges were clear in their ruling, writing, ““South Carolina is the prevailing party. To be sure, South Carolina did not obtain everything it sought. But the prevailing party test does not demand complete success.”
Why Voter ID laws are such a problem can only be because of one thing and that is that those opposed to such legislation want to cheat.
The state Attorney General’s Office blamed the U.S. Department of Justice for the high cost of the case. They accused the federal government of delaying the case by 120 days by filing numerous frivolous motions, including challenging the 12-point font size on a document the state filed.
“The Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., bears responsibility for the litigation costs,” said Mark Powell, Wilson’s spokesman. “The decision was so emphatic, even the Department of Justice and Interveners did not appeal it. South Carolina was forced to pay a hefty price because a handful of Washington insiders refused to do the right thing.”
At least one Democrat, state Senator Brad Hutto (Orangeburg), was on record saying that the Justice Department’s celebration was “smoke and mirrors for them to say they won that case.”
Chairman of the budget subcommittee Rep. Mike Pitts (R-Laurens) was not surprised at the $3.5 million price tag. “It falls under my personal expectations rather than over it,” he said. “That was (a case) where we weren’t just playing a part we were the lead dog. That makes a difference.”
PJ Media still has questions on the issue though:
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All of this raises the question — will Perez and Colangelo be held accountable for what amounted to an expensive use of the Justice Department to energize President Obama’s political base? As we now know, there was no merit to the objection. A federal court approved the law. The many career staff who looked at it said the South Carolina law did not discriminate.
Congress might get answers if they haul DOJ Voting Section Chief Christopher Herren before the House Judiciary Committee for answers. The Democrats could hardly object — after all, they dragged Bush-era Voting Section Chief John Tanner before the Democrat-run House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about Georgia Voter ID. There is precedent. Democrats could hardly object when the Voting Section Chief during the Bush administration was made to dance the dance before the Committee.
Of course, had the president’s base remained asleep, Perez and Colangelo would be looking for work, with the former earning a slippery reputation over the last four years. But Perez and Colangelo don’t worry about the butcher’s bill. They use the power of their DOJ office in an ideological crusade. Unless their own pocketbooks or reputations suffer, they will continue to behave the same way.
So now the federal government is forced to reimburse a state for Perez’s overzealous use of the Voting Rights Act. None of Holder’s usual defenders in the media seem to care. Wasting taxpayer money doesn’t matter to them if it goes to a cause they believe in. Because Perez’s politicized plan helped Obama win reelection, you won’t read a single article outside of the conservative media about DOJ’s expensive South Carolina Voter ID folly. Come to think of it, even conservative media isn’t widely reporting that the Voting Section career lawyers at Justice recommended that this South Carolina mess never happen.That’s too bad, because it makes it more likely that Perez and Colangelo will continue to misbehave and abuse their power on your dime.