Oh God, Florida Again, Ctd

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Reflecting on the early-voting debacles in Florida, as well as Ohio and Pennsylvania, Andrew Cohen marvels at how openly GOP leaders have discussed their motivations:

In Pennsylvania, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai was caught on tape this summer boasting about his colleagues’ success: “… First pro-life legislation — abortion facility regulations — in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.” In Ohio, the Republican Party chairman of Franklin County, which includes Columbus, was even more blunt. Doug Preisse said, “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter turnout machine.”

There is no hidden agenda here. The strategy and tactics are as far out in the open as those voters standing in line for hours waiting for their turn to vote. 

Cohen sees this as “conclusive proof that America failed to solve the fundamental problems” of the 2000 recount in Florida. But backlash against the brazen attempts at voter suppression may also now be a factor in ramping up the black and Latino vote:

(Photo: People wait in line to vote at the North Miami Public Library on November 1, 2012 in North Miami, Florida. Voters are complaining about hours long waits in line to cast their ballots and former Florida governor, Charlie Crist, as well as state Democrats, have asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to extend early voting hours for all the state’s counties. Rick Scott authorized a law limiting voting days to 8 from 14. By Joe Raedle/Getty Images)