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Defending The Right To Vote: Hillary Deploys Marc Elias, Calls Out Jeb

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 6, 2015

In which Hillary does the resoundingly right thing, even if it’s probably for icky selfish partisan motives:

The speech that Hillary Rodham Clinton gave at Texas Southern University on Thursday regarding the right to vote even was better than I expected it to be. It was a thwacking, name-checking jeremiad that took for granted the obvious fact that the Republican party, and the conservative movement that is its only real energizing force, has embarked on a systematic campaign to disenfranchise those voters unlikely to vote for Republican candidates, and that the campaign has been abetted at the highest levels of conservative politics which, in this case, happen to include the Supreme Court of the United States. She talked about how Rick Perry had worked to restrict the franchise in Texas, and how Scott Walker had done so in Wisconsin. Then, she said this.

“And in Florida, when Jeb Bush was governor, state officials conducted a deeply flawed purge of voters before the presidential election of 2000.”

Yeah, she went there.

And not just with her speechifying, either. She brought in Marc Elias, and he and other pro-voter groups have already been going to town against Ohio, Wisconsin, and many other states.

Here are the things you should know about Marc Elias:

He’s very, very smart.

He’s very, very hardworking.

He’s very, very honorable.

He hires people who are just like him in these regards.

He and his people do thousands of hours of research on a case before agreeing to take it.

He and his people will know the details better than the locals involved. (This was shown to brilliant effect in his handling of the Franken-Coleman battle.)

He doesn’t play to lose.

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