Arguably the most damaging accusation in today’s America is the charge of racial bigotry; hence it is the vilest accusation when made falsely, and doubly vile when hurled by someone who parades himself as a champion of tolerance.
Last Tuesday night State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) soiled a state senate debate by saying in plain English that State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) “hates the Blacks and Latinos.”
Carpenter’s evidence? Lazich supports legislation establishing more uniform hours for voting in Wisconsin elections. Not strictly uniform, but prescribing that early voters casting in-person absentee ballots at the clerk’s office may do so between eight a.m. and seven p.m. on weekdays, for two weeks before Election Day. That’s how Tim Carpenter defines racial hatred.
Urban Democrats will retain an advantage in staffing clerks’ offices for extended hours; rural towns and counties will still find this difficult. What’s ended is the increasingly common tactic of soliciting absentee votes from Democrats bused in from who-knows-where, for three weeks prior to an election, at all hours of the night and through the weekends.
Let any Republican lawmaker yell a defamatory accusation of racism at a Democrat, and every smarmy editorial page in the state will scream for his resignation and beat the drum for a civil suit. Here, though, a web search failed to locate the word “resign” anywhere near “Carpenter” except in a 2011 letter from Carpenter, demanding Governor Walker resign because the Governor had a phone conversation with a jackass reporter falsely representing himself to be one of the Koch brothers.
In a perverse way, the senator has performed a service: Battling to continue the Left’s abuse of election law, Carpenter stupidly illuminates what both the Democratic Party and Wisconsin’s “mainstream” media have willingly made of themselves.