Last week, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews commented on the push for income equality by warning Democrats that if they turn out this year in numbers similar to the 2010 election, not only will the GOP maintain control of the House, but they will capture the Senate, thus allowing the “haters” to win and “erase” Obama:
If only the people who voted in 2010 show up this November, you can kiss all this goodbye. You’ll see the beginning of the end to what could have been — what many of us believe should have been — an historic turn toward full democratic government in this country, where everyone has a chance for the top office, where everyone is looked after by those in power. It will mean Republican control of both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. And with that, a slow grinding effort to kill not just the president’s health care plan, but his presidency itself and the legacy it promised.
It will be a double downing of efforts to suppress the votes of those who voted for him in historic numbers, the return to something like Jim Crow days, redolent of all the old anti-black gimmickry of that time — literacy tests and poll taxes and all the rest. The goal will be to erase not just Obama from the history books, but any evidence that someone of his background should ever think of being president. It will mean victory for the haters.
And believe me, it could well mean another war, like the two we got from [George] W. [Bush], wars that achieved nothing but the deaths of Americans and the growing hatred of those we claim to be out there saving. The Dick Cheneys of the city, right here in town, are still aprowl, still stalking one more chance to get us back there in Iraq, still there in Afghanistan and heading toward Libya or Syria or Iran, wherever they can point the way and blow the bugle.
Matthews is obsessed with what he sees as voter suppression efforts by Republicans, despite the lack of evidence, compared to the proven numerous instances of fraudulent votes that have been cast in local and national elections. But facts are of little consequence to Matthews, who prefers to portray Republicans as evil and racist, while showing no interest in free and fair elections. That’s what the voter ID laws are geared to ensure. Nelson Mandela understood that. Why won’t Matthews?
Even if Democrats manage to turn out the vote in November, they still face an uphill battle, with the botched rollout—and the catastrophic consequences—of Obamacare still hanging over their heads, and a job market that still can’t create enough jobs for those seeking work.