Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter With Kansas? and the recently published The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, will be speaking at 7 tonight at Schwartz's on Downer. The Brawler recommends all go (the $25 investment to buy the book is well worth it).
The Shepherd Express caught up with Frank, and the Brawler was happy to see the interviewer riddle him on a topic near and dear to the Brawler's heart: GOP voter suppression.
From the Shepherd Express:
Shepherd: With these Republican hard-liners in power, we’ve seen Democratic voters disenfranchised by falsely branding them as felons in 2000 in Florida or under-supplying voting machines to Democratic wards in Ohio in 2004. Now, Wisconsin's attorney general is pushing a procedure that would probably discourage voting.
Frank: It’s called “projection.” You imagine that the other side is doing it, and it justifies anything you do. If you look at conservative literature, you see this Republican article of faith that there is epidemic voter fraud, that the Democrats are somehow doing some kind of incredible, huge voter fraud. It’s amazing to be accusing the other side of fraud while you are committing fraud yourself to keep people from voting.
The Brawler would suggest Republican faith in voter fraud is actually paranoia (sometimes race-based) when it isn't cynical manipulation.