Due to a recent work assignment, I had the opportunity to enter a federal courthouse about 200 times in the past six weeks or so. Each and every time, I was asked for a photo ID, which the court security officer looked at and then allowed me to put away in my wallet.
This procedure, which takes place tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of times each day in federal courthouses across the country, is apparently entirely unknown to the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder.
Josh Gerstein goes on to suggest that the reason why Eric Holder is unaware of this is because the AG is now part of a world where he has a security detail that more or less distorts every aspect of his daily life. This does not actually make it better for Holder, though. The problem is this: we require picture ID for… more or less daily life, at this point. I don’t leave the house without it, and probably neither does most of the people reading this. So unless somebody wants to openly claim that poor urban black people don’t buy booze or cash checks – one of the more obvious extrapolations of the primary argument against Voter ID – it is nonsensical to suggest that voting is going to be the one thing uniquely hampered by the same requirement that we casually imposed on the rest of American life.
But if Eric Holder – and the rest of our self-appointed elites – are sufficently insulated from American life that they truly don’t understand the self-evident absurdity of their Voter ID stance… well, that explains much. It excuses nothing, but it explains much.
PS: I am beginning to get the feeling that Politico is starting to lay down some markers in the case of a Romney White House. After all: business is business.