Do Some Republicans Have Second Thoughts On Voter Suppression?

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    It’d be too right to get Mitt Romney to admit he ran a bad campaign, which led to his opponent handedly beating him in this year’s presidential election. Instead, Romney reiterated sentiments echoed in his “47 percent commentary” this week in a conference call with campaign donors. The Los Angeles Times reports that Romney attributed President Barack Obama’s re-election to “the gifts” the Administration had given to Blacks, Hispanics, and young voters during Obama’s first term. Romney claimed that Obama had been “very generous” to those groups, which supposedly got us all riled up at the polls.

    RELATED: Mitt Romney: President Obama Won By Promising “Gifts” To Black, Hispanic And Young Voters

    I asked Obama via Twitter where my gift was. I’ll let y’all know what he says when he gets back to me.

    Not to be outdone, Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan also engaged in an exercise in both hubris and haughty by whining about the role the “urban vote” played in their loss.

    In his first post-election sit-down interview with CBS affiliate WISC-TV in Wisconsin, Ryan claimed, ”I think the surprise was some of the turnout, especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.” As for whether or not silly things like the issues might have factored in too, a dismissive Ryan noted, ”I don’t think we lost it on those budget issues, especially on Medicare — we clearly didn’t lose it on those issues.”

    Actually, they lost on both the rural, largely White states too.

    Isn’t it mystifying how moronic Republicans have been with their “shock” of “urban voters” turning out in droves? And why? Most of us with melanin who regularly speak with each other already knew that these various Voter ID laws intent on suppressing our vote would encourage us to storm the polls. Same for Romney’s “government leeching Blacks” talking point. Now it’s been confirmed.

    That leads us to the question: What exactly will the GOP do about it now?

    As 2016 presidential prospects hop and skip away from Romney’s latest dabble in damning commentary, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has reportedly requested a review of his state’s voting processes, particularly  with an emphasis on areas where voters waited four hours or longer to cast their ballots.

    In a statement, Scott said:

    We are glad that so many voters made their voices heard in this election, but as we go forward we must see improvements in our election process. I have asked Secretary of State Ken Detzner to review this general election and report on ways we can improve the process after all the races are certified.

    Scott went on to add:

    We need to make improvements for Florida voters and it is important to look at processes on the state and the county level. We will carefully review suggestions for bettering the voting process in our state.

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