Tony Blankley

I suppose there will be some who argue that it is not the conceptual part of putting a stick through a hole that is so tricky but the strength required to do it: Thus, the hanging chad. Good grief, one only has to push through a piece of perforated paper. Anyone who has the strength to pick up a food stamp or extract a government check from an envelope should certainly be able to pierce perforated paper. If they didn't have that much strength, how did they get to the poll? How do they open doors or bring a spoon to the mouth? After all, when you consider the leverage one has from the shoulder all the way to the tip of the punching device, anyone with the strength to inhale should have sufficient strength to break the perforation.

But no argument is too nonsensical to not be taken seriously by left-wing judges. Let me predict, right here, that if the punch card argument fails, it won't be long before the ACLU argues that the curtain blocking the voting booth is too difficult to get through. They will argue that millions of potential voters were deterred by the curtain and just gave up trying to vote at all. Like discouraged unemployed people who have given up looking for a job, it will be theorized that our lower voter turnout rates are explainable by the phenomenon of "the curtained non-voter." If that argument fails, they will argue that the very act of choosing a candidate is discriminatory against the congenitally indecisive. To require that voters select only one from a list of candidates disenfranchises millions of indecisive Americans -- perhaps.

It would seem that left-wing lawyers are fundamentally arguing that the only problem with democracy is the stupid people. I would argue that the only thing wrong with democracy is the clever lawyers.


Tony Blankley

Tony Blankley, a conservative author and commentator who served as press secretary to Newt Gingrich during the 1990s, when Republicans took control of Congress, died Sunday January 8, 2012. He was 63.

Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.

In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.

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