From Talking Points Memo (always great on voting issues):
Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum is just going to come right out and say it: registering the poor to vote is un-American and “like handing out burglary tools to criminals.” “It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote,” Vadum, the author of a book published by World Net Daily that attacks the now-defunct community organizing group ACORN, writes in a column for the American Thinker.
I know you’re falling out of your chair right about now with this new and shocking revelation, but it was never about “voter fraud”. This American Thinker is writing about legally registered Americans voting. He’s opposed.
It’s also complete nonsense. Conservatives are also working hard to suppress the votes of college students, who are not people who are ordinarily portrayed as “poor”, but are a group who have always been one of the main targets of voter registration drives. No one will ask this conservative scholar about this inconsistency, however, just like these folks are never asked about the alleged rampant “voter impersonation fraud” they’re always screeching about. The voting process doesn’t interest the horse race pundits, at all. Specific, dull and not at all important.