The Gadfly is not in the least bit surprised by the action today of the conservative bloc of black-robed charlatans on the SCOTUS, which by even the most generous assessment, basically amounts to a precedent mocking, slitting of the throat of The Voting Rights Act (VRA.)
Keep in mind that this is the same Act that was renewed in 2006 by an uncontroversial 390-33 vote in the House and a 98-0 vote in the Senate. What major, ground-shifting event has occurred in U.S. politics since then? If you answered - the election and re-election of the nation's first black President in addition to emerging, rock-solid evidence that minority voting demographics are trending at an unwavering pace away from Republican party support, you get a beautiful yellow smiley sticker. ☺
Does that mean, you dear reader may ask, that The Gadfly is of the belief that today's SCOTUS decision was a racist one? No -- at least not overtly anyway. In fact, The Gadfly is much more certain that this cynical decision is much more about the blatantly provincial, self-preservation of the conservative ideological movement than anything else -- although The Gadfly did get a hearty laugh out of Chief Justice John Robert's line in the majority opinion which absurdly stated "our country has changed," wherein Roberts was referring to the well documented history of minority voter suppression in the nine southern states, which was the catalyst for the VRA's existence to begin with. Because yes Mr. Roberts - lord knows that prejudice and racism are extinct attitudes in the deep south dontcha know? Hell - just ask Paula Deen. In fact - Shit Mr. Chief Justice! -- just show up at any random TeaBagger rally in any of those 9 states that were bound by the VRA law and come back and tell dear old Gadfly how "our country has changed" for the better on the subject of racism. You Mr. Chief Justice, quite simply put, are full of pure, unadulterated bullshit.
Nonetheless - we already have a recorded history trail that proves beyond a shadow of any reasonable doubt that what the conservatives on the SCOTUS accomplished today, has been a decades old goal of the far right - as evidenced by this amazing video of the late right wing conservative leader Paul Weyrich, outright admitting to a 1980 gathering of evangelical political leaders, that the more Americans who have un-encumbered access to their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote - the worse news it is for Republicans and their beloved conservative movement as a whole:
So yeah Mr. Roberts -- The Gadfly does not doubt that you and the other Supremo finks can bullshit the gutless lapdogs in the mainstream media in to believing that your motive in today's decision was legalistically pure, but those of us who pay attention to this shit are not in the least sense persuaded by your fork-tongued, weasel-like double talk.
And it goes without saying that based on today's travesty, The Gadfly longs for an even more drastic and expedited flight of minority voters away from the GOP and in to the waiting, multi-ethnic arms of the Democrats - not that that is necessarily a productive, long term trend, but until it has accomplished the needed effect of a sledgehammer pounding some sense in to the cracker skulls of the Republican poobahs, it's a necessary evil.
**UPDATE** . . .
Didn't take the neo-Jim Crow crowd in Texas very long to act did it:
Just two hours after the Supreme Court reasoned that discrimination is not rampant enough in Southern states to warrant restrictions under the Voting Rights Act, Texas is already advancing a voter ID law and a redistricting map blocked last year for discriminating against black and Latino residents.http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/25/2212281/two-hours-after-the-supreme-court-gutted-the-voting-rights-act-texas-ag-suppresses-minority-voters/
The Gadfly rests his case.