Hyperbole, yes. But not so far out of contemplation as all that:
Here’s the Grey Lady’s instant analysis:
The Supreme Court struck down a central portion of the Voting Rights Act Tuesday, effectively ending the practice in which some states with a history of racial discrimination must receive clearance from the federal government before changing voting laws.
The vote was five to four, with the five conservative-leaning judges in the majority and the four liberal-leaning justices in the minority. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the decision.
The majority held that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, originally passed in 1965 and since updated by Congress, was unconstitutional. The section includes a formula that determines which states must receive pre-approval.
The court did not strike down Section 5, which allows the federal government to require pre-approval. But without Section 4, which determines which states would need to receive clearance, Section 5 is largely without significance — unless Congress chooses to pass a new bill for determining which states would be covered.
Given the current partisan nature of Congress, reaching agreement on a new formula may be difficult.
Thomas, missing no opportunity to make sure no one can climb up his ladder behind him, concurred, adding that he would have struck down Section 5 as well. More from SCOTUSblog.
Kay showed us the way all last year. Now we need to incorporate those lessons all across the country. It’s going to take constant effort to ensure that everyone who wants to actually gets to vote out every last damn Republican in Congress. (A blogger can dream…)
Image: William Hogarth, The Court, c.. 1758