Forget the dogwhistle, here comes a dog siren. Via Dave Weigel:
… Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was more talkative. The decision, after all, was rooted in a dispute in his state’s own Shelby County.
“Shelby County is a majority-white county,” he said. “I know they elected an African-American Republican county commissioner. I think they have a five-member county commission. You’ve got a city, and now you’ve gotta draw districts and gerrymander districts to try to get an African-American [representative], and you can have honest disagreements, and they can sue you.”
This, he said, was unfair. The decision was “was good news, I think, for the South, in that [there was] not sufficient evidence to justify treating them disproportionately then say Philadelphia or Boston or Los Angeles or Chicago … Shelby County never had a history of denying the vote, certainly not now. There is racial discrimination in the country, but I don’t think in Shelby County, Alabama, anyone is being denied the right to vote because of the color of their skin. It would be much more likely to have those things occur in Philadelphia, Chicago, or Boston.”
It sounded like Sessions could support a pre-clearance law if it were applied more generally and didn’t just hit the South. But he was undecided. “I voted for the VRA extension,” he explained. “I wanted to vote for it, but at the very last minute I was very uneasy, because all of a sudden they expaned it to 25 years, and that probably wasn’t justified. It would be an appropriate time for Congress to identify what we need in terms of the Voting Rights Act. It was passed in direct response to blatant voting rights denial based on the color of one’s skin. That’s how it was justified, correctly I think, in applying to states that had a real history of that. But now if you go to Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, people aren’t being denied the vote because of the color of their skin.”…
Philadelphia or Boston or Los Angeles or Chicago, where the Not-White People don’t know their place, and are running around voting without supervision!
Next thing you know, there’ll be a black man in Jeff Sessions’ White House!