Sensenbrenner gives Congressional Black Caucus lapdance

I suppose because his district is so easy to represent, Wisconsin’s 5th district Congressman, James Sensenbrenner, is choosing to sidle to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and rewrite the recently diffused Voting Rights Act. He hung out with his buddies at the Congressional Black Caucus last Friday ’cause there wasn’t anything better to do.

MSNBC quotes:

Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner also spoke at the event. “America still needs the Voting Rights Act,” he said.

He talked about the importance of the law in protecting against both “overt” forms of racial discrimination and “subtler” ones, but admitted it will be difficult to get Congress to fully restore the law.

“I am proud that with all the disagreements in Washington, voting rights still enjoy significant bipartisan support,” he said. ”We have an uphill battle, but I do not believe that politics have changed so much that saving the VRA isn’t possible.”

“Voter discrimination still exists, and our progress toward equality should not be mistaken for a victory,” he added.

“There is at least one Republican, and you’ll find out in the future a lot more, that is committing to putting life in this most important civil rights act that got a stab in the back from the Supreme Court,” he said.

I’m not impressed for a number of reasons. First, why is the Congressional Black Caucus allowed to exist? Can you imagine the hysteria if a Congressional White Caucus were begun?

In 2007 Chief Supreme Court Justice Roberts said in a ruling:

The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.

It won’t happen, though. A few blacks make a lot of money as race mongers. I am not sure why Sensenbrenner decided to swell their ranks.

Yes, I know the congressman has championed this issue during his bazillion year career. But why? The district he represents is more concerned with voting integrity – the idea that one person can only cast one vote – than if that person is black or purple or polka-dotted. Plus, with issues on the table like America’s hideous national debt and the looming transition to a single-payer health care system (yes, because that’s what is happening with the botching of Obamacare implementation) one would think Sensenbrenner would have a few other things to do.

I’ve been told a couple of times the newly drawn 5th district was made to include a Fitzgerald; that time had come to manage Sensenbrenner’s replacement even though our aging congressman swore the only way he’d leave his seat is in a pine box. (I’m pretty sure the pine box comment was when there were rumblings Ted Kanavas might try to run.) Why wait for Sensenbrenner to retire? All one has to do is highlight how the Congressman is ignoring his district to become the Republican replacement September 2014.


  1. What a sloppy hit job.