What? Did Obama just say something that kind of makes sense? In the same Al Sharpton radio interview where the President submarined his fellow democrats by saying they support his agenda, Obama said that voter ID laws don’t actually suppress the black vote. Instead, he blamed low black turn out on laziness, which is okay ‘cause he’s black too.
As you know, laws that require voters to prove who they are before casting a ballot are considered racist by the left. They claim that obtaining proper ID is a huge burden on the black community and therefore voter ID laws are suppressive to blacks.
Obama tried to dispel the voter ID/black vote suppression myth, a fundamental tenet of the Democratic Party, by saying blacks are either too lazy or just don’t give a sh*t.
“Most of these laws are not preventing the overwhelming majority of folks who don’t vote from voting,” Obama said during an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton. “Most people do have an ID. Most people do have a driver’s license. Most people can get to the polls. It may not be as convenient, it may be a little more difficult.”
And to make sure nobody is clear on what he thinks, Obama reiterated his point with a double negative:
“The bottom line is, if less than half of our folks vote, these laws aren’t preventing the other half from not voting,” Obama said.
So wait, the laws are not preventing folks from not voting? I’m not sure that’s what he meant to say, but with Obama you never know. Maybe he thinks voter ID laws force people to vote against their will.
Continuing into the absurd, Obama blames a straw man for disenfranchisement and apathy in the black community:
“The reason we don’t vote is because people have been fed this notion that somehow it’s not going to make a difference,” said Obama.
Yeah, where would people get the idea that voting doesn’t change a damn thing? Maybe from a guy that promised hope and change but only delivered misery and disappointment. Hey, Obama is the straw man.
Obama is in rare form lately. He’s pissed off the Latinos, completely alienated his democratic allies, and now he’s bagging on his black base for being too lazy and apathetic. It’s as if he he’s intent on gifting as many voters and Congressional seats to the Republicans as possible.
Actually, there might be something to this seemingly bizarre strategy. If both houses of Congress are firmly in GOP hands, nobody on either side of the political spectrum would expect Obama to accomplish anything. Then he’d be free from his presidential duties, which he hates so much, and would be able to concentrate more on his golf game. Well played Barry, well played.