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Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Rare Day: Angry with a Dem and Praising a Conservative...

What is this world coming to?  

In a 10 minute span of time, I am both bashing 
the bejeezus out of a Democratic Senator from WI and compelled to praise Congressman F. Jim Sensenbrenner, my own GOP Congressman! 

From his website:

Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Constitution Subcommittee Ranking Member F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Constitution Subcommittee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), and former Rep. Steve Chabot filed a bipartisan

 friend of the court brief in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder urging the Court to defer to Congress’s judgment and uphold the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).  Section 5 is a key provision that prevents discriminatory voting changes.

and Sensy continues...

“The most fundamental right is the right to vote – and that can be seen on the faces of the individuals who are participating in the democratic process,” Sensenbrenner said.  “We built an impressive record during the 2006 reauthorization, and the evidence presented to Congress was overwhelming. While progress has been made, much still needs to be done, and the Voting Rights Act remains as necessary as ever in maintaining that progress.”


It's words like these that nearly bring tears of joy to my eyes.  

Sensenbrenner has LONG been one of the greatest champions of the Voting Rights Act.  He led the expansion in the 1970's, the reauthorization in the 1980's and again he took the lead a valiantly fought off the southern Congressmen attempting to water it down as it was reauthorized in 2006.  So this is no surprise to me.  

I call it like I see it no matter what letter is after your name and with Sensenbrenner, I have a love/hate relationship as a search of my blog makes quite clear.  Scroll through the posts and you will see my attempts to run candidates against him, to criticize his inane support of the PATRIOT Act and the Military Commissions Act, to fight to get to see him when I'm in DC, tease him when he votes to kill wild mustangs, and you will also see towards the bottom a ton of posts in wonder of him as the process of watching him champion the VRA unfolded.  

Praise is given where praise is due.

In fact, I had a civil and interesting conversation with him at the Inauguration just two months ago on the VRA and it's implications on the issue of felon disfranchisement.    Here is my awesome hubby snapping away to make sure the moment was captured for posterity. ;)

For all his faults, F. Jim has one redeeming quality that I am fascinated by and thankful for...  

I think he really DOES put the right to vote above politics.  

Now if I can just convince him of the disparate impact of felony disfranchisement laws, maybe he'll go down as the greatest defender of the right to vote in modern American history...  ;-)

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