On Friday’s week in evaluate section on the PBS NewsHour, pseudoconservative panelist and New York Occasions columnist David Brooks guessed the brand new election legal guidelines being handed will not do a lot to tamp down voting, that they seem to be a “Potemkin set of legal guidelines,” however they seem to be a “horrific look” for Republicans, given America’s historical past on civil rights.
Anchor Judy Woodruff had been lamenting Republican makes an attempt to recount ballots in populous Maricopa County in Arizona, and he turned the lens to mocking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for doing a signing ceremony stay on Fox Information.
DAVID BROOKS: In a rustic with a whole lot of issues, the Republicans have picked the one space that is not damaged to deal with all their vitality on. And that is elections. And they also — all these legal guidelines, I doubt they’ll have an enormous impact. I feel research present that they do not have a giant impact on damping down turnout. But it surely’s only a — given American historical past — Jonathan and I’ve talked about it earlier than — it is only a horrific look.
And the quantity of vitality going into it, and the truth that Florida Governor DeSantis did it, introduced is the signing of Florida’s new election regulation on Fox, who does a information occasion on one community? (LAUGHTER)
I imply, this — it simply reveals we’re in a land of theater. It is not about something however the symbols of exhibiting Donald Trump is true in regards to the election and there was a whole lot of fraud. And it is a theatrical gesture, a Potemkin set of legal guidelines to simply reinforce the Trump narrative.
The joke about “who does a information occasion on one community” is a weird take. It is not precisely regular for governors to get a nationwide information occasion throughout all of the networks, wanting a hurricane or a terrorist assault. However presidents do information occasions on one community. Take, for instance, PBS hosting a gushy town hall for President Obama in South Bend, Indiana in 2016. NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill requested why Obama wasn’t extra common there: “What offers?”
Woodruff wasn’t shopping for the argument that these new legal guidelines would don’t have any impact. She turned to Washington Publish columnist Jonathan Capehart to repeat the Democrat narrative that it is a conspiracy to maintain Democrats from voting: “And, Jonathan, as each of you have got mentioned, these election legal guidelines have a really actual impact on what occurs going ahead within the congressional elections subsequent yr, the midterm elections, and, after all, past.
Capehart mentioned he earlier prompt “these election legal guidelines had been an answer in quest of an issue. And I can’t keep in mind the one who despatched me an e-mail, however they wrote me and mentioned, pay attention, cease saying that as a result of it is not true, as a result of, from the Republican perspective, it’s a resolution in — to resolve an issue. And the issue from the Republican perspective is simply too many Democrats voting…Democrats, who used to not vote by mail and never absentee vote, did it in droves within the most secure election in American historical past, as we realized from the federal authorities. And so all of those legal guidelines are about stopping as many Democrats as attainable from voting, as a way of accelerating Republican energy and rising their possibilities of retaking the Home.”