George Will

Democrats oppose von Spakovsky also because, as the Post's editorial says, "he blocked career staffers who wanted to stop a Texas congressional redistricting plan; a divided Supreme Court later rejected part of the plan." "Part," indeed. The court affirmed the constitutionality of 31 of the 32 districts involved -- affirming von Spakovsky's legal judgment that those "career staffers" opposed.

The Post primly says: "Six former voting section employees asserted that Mr. von Spakovsky participated in politicizing the Civil Rights Division." Who are these "career staffers" who supposedly recoiled from politics?

Joseph Rich, while chief of Justice's Voting Section, contributed $455 to America Coming Together, an organization of Democratic activists. While he was a deputy chief of the Civil Rights Division's Housing Section, his section filed cases in which courts eventually compelled the government to pay $175,000 in attorneys' fees for the filing of unwarranted and even frivolous discrimination claims. Rich left Justice to join the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a left-wing advocacy group.

Jon Greenbaum and Robert Kengle also left Justice's Voting Section to join the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. David Becker left to work for People for the American Way. Steve Pershing, a Democratic donor, left to work for the Center for Constitutional Litigation, which opposes tort reform. Gerry Hebert was the Voting Section lawyer in the case in which a federal court ordered the Justice Department to pay $86,626.24 in attorneys' fees and expenses as punishment for "unconscionable" actions. Hebert now works for the Campaign Legal Center promoting campaign "reforms."

The Post wants von Spakovsky confirmed only to keep the FEC functioning. He is being blocked because four senators have put "holds" on his nomination. One of those four who might be responsible for preventing the FEC from being able to disburse taxpayer funds to Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Chris Dodd and John Edwards is ... Barack Obama.

Such funds come, however, from the few taxpayers who choose to use the $3 checkoff on their income tax forms. These funds cannot go to candidates in primaries until funds are allocated for both national conventions and both general election campaigns. But because 90 percent of taxpayers choose not to provide such welfare for candidates, there probably will not be enough money in the account to disburse until after the crucial primaries. Government regulation of politics, as of most things, is perverse.

George Will

George F. Will is a 1976 Pulitzer Prize winner whose columns are syndicated in more than 400 magazines and newspapers worldwide.
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