Colin Powell spoke out forcefully Thursday against a sweeping new voting law in North Carolina, arguing that Republicans should be courting minority voters rather than driving them away from the polls. …
North Carolina’s Democratic senator, Kay Hagan, has called on Attorney General Eric Holder to review the law and a survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed that half of Tar Heel State voters are opposed to the measure.
Powell, who endorsed President Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, has addressed his party’s problems with minorities before. In January, he said that he still considers himself a Republican but acknowledged the presence of “a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party.”
He revisited that theme in a big way on Thursday, arguing that measures like North Carolina’s voting law punish minority voters.
“What it really says to the minority voters is … ‘We really are sort-of punishing you,’” Powell said, as quoted by The News & Observer.
Kay Hagan, you may not know, is the junior senator from the District of Columbia, though her salary is paid for by the people of North Carolina. That may sound strange, but that’s how government “of the people” works. But then, thanks to the 17th Amendment, EVERY US senator represents DC’s interests.
I hope NC Governor Pat McCrory tells Holder to go jump in a lake should this most biased and blatantly agenda-driven attorney general decide to intrude into North Carolina’s affairs. But I’m not that optimistic. Pat’s a carpetbagger, as well as a country-club Republican, so I don’t expect much from him.