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The Stupid Party

File this under enraging, but unsurprising. From the PJ Tatler:

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department will seek to recapture Texas and return it to federal oversight for approval of all election law changes such as photo voter identification. Holder’s move comes after the Supreme Court in June freed Texas and other states from the requirement that all state election laws be approved in Washington, D.C. Holder’s move prompted outrage from Texas Senators Ted Cruz, John Cornyn and Governor Rick Perry.

The three should also be angry with the Republican National Committee. PJ Tatler has learned that staff at the RNC have been spending RNC donations plotting to do exactly what Eric Holder is seeking to do – return Texas and other states to federal oversight.

According to RNC sources frustrated with the race-based effort, paid RNC consultant Tom Hofeller ( is spending RNC donations to develop race-based criteria to grab Texas and other states and place them back into federal receivership. The sources tell Tatler that nearly all of the members of the actual committee have been kept in the dark about this effort, and no mention is ever made in RNC fundraising efforts — for good reason, because GOP donors would be furious.

Hofeller, a long-time RNC consultant on redistricting, has devised ways to force several states back into federal receivership by amending the Voting Rights Act to grab states and force them to obtain Washington, D.C. approval. He is hopeful that Congressional Republicans will use his RNC-generated ideas to accomplish this goal.

So far, the Republicans in Congress have shown more sense than the Republicans paid by the RNC, and are cool to the idea of returning states to federal receivership.

According to congressional sources, Hofeller has also been misrepresenting the importance of the law struck down by the Supreme Court. Hofeller has told Hill sources the federal election oversight law is essential to elect Republicans, something most Republicans on the Hill no longer believe is true. Hofeller has spread this message while being paid by the RNC.

So the Republican National Committee (or some of its agents rather) are helping our lawless Attorney General violate a Supreme Court decision and violate what is supposed to be a bedrock Republican principle of federalism. Disgusting. “Tar and feathers” needs to be taken literally for these idiots.

7 comments to The Stupid Party

  • Makes me glad I hung up on the RNC, asking for my money. They better not call, again, or they’re going to get an earful!

    • -fritz-

      I told the RNC they would get no money from me till they started acting like real Republicans! I hate these new cordless phones. You don’t have the pleasure of slamming the phone down in someone’s ear anymore!

  • -fritz-

    Texas needs to exercise it’s right of middle finger extension! 😀

  • Kit

    Something to point out:

    (1)It should be noted that the Tatler article relies ENTIRELY upon ANONYMOUS sources. In fact, it simple says “According to RNC sources frustrated with the race-based effort… ”

    If a NYTimes article came out and used only the evidence they used to prove that an RNC official was helping the Klan, we would be slamming them.

    These accusations could be true, and should be investigated by the RNC and if proven true he should have a quiet come-to-Jesus meeting with someone in the GOP on the importance of Party discipline.
    HOWEVER, given the anonymity of the sources and the lack of any supporting evidence to indict the man of treason against conservatism it could very well be that the PJ Tatler is being used by bitter malcontents inside upset over not getting a job or position in the RNC.

    • David Marcoe

      That’s a very good point. The story itself has a “huh?” quality that could be a red flag. That isn’t to deny that it’s a credible possibility, with the intersections of political interests being often quite odd, but as you pointed out, political interest could be a indicator that the story is false, as well.

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