Remember that vast tsunami of voter fraud that swept across Texas, coming close to throwing into chaos the very concept of democracy?
Neither do we.
Even Karl Rove, using every bit of the federal government he could get his hands on, couldn't find the widespread fraud right-wingers insist takes place among what coincidentally happen to be minority voters.
But rampant voter fraud exists, dammit, because GOPers keep saying so. And not only does it exist, it exists to such a massive extent that Rick Perry has introduced emergency legislation dealing with it.
Perry added Voter ID to the legislative session, along with "legislation to provide for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution," because obviously that's what the state legislature should be mucking about with.
The two items join the pair of issues Perry had earlier declared to be emergencies: Eminent domain issues and "sanctuary cities."
"Fiscal discipline, balanced budgets and the integrity of the ballot box are critical to the people of Texas," Perry said in a written statement. "Under this emergency declaration, Texas lawmakers will be able to address these priority issues more quickly."
Yeah, we get it -- the "emergency" label just stems from the lege's rules that govern what bills can be introduced when.
But if Perry could be more blatant in using the device in order to throw red meat to the Tea Party, we'd like to know how.
Then again, maybe we don't. For all we know, he's getting ready to declare the search for Obama's birth certificate to be a state emergency.
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