If anyone (on the right or left) is still wondering why we so strongly support Hillary Clinton, show them this speech:
In a major speech on voting rights Thursday, Hillary Clinton laid out a far-reaching vision for expanding access to the ballot box, and denounced Republican efforts to make voting harder.
Speaking at Texas Southern University in Houston, Clinton called for every American to be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18 unless they choose not to be. She backed a nationwide standard of at least 20 days of early voting. She urged Congress to pass legislation strengthening the Voting Rights Act, which was gravely weakened by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling. And she slammed restrictive voting laws imposed by the GOP in Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin, which she said affect minorities and students in particular.
“We have a responsibility to say clearly and directly what’s really going on in our country,” Clinton said, “because what is happening is a sweeping effort to dis-empower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people, and young people from one end of our country to the other.”
“We should be clearing the way for more people to vote, not putting up every road-block anyone can imagine,” Clinton added.Hillary could have made this speech in North Carolina, Ohio or Wisconsin, but her choice of Texas is fascinating and potentially crucial. Surely her main reason wasn't to step on Rick Perry's announcement (though that was a fun side effect). No, it must have been because Texas will soon become a purple swing state...but if, and only if, the rate of voter participation increases.
The Clintons' ties to Texas have been documented before, and South Texas was crucial to Hillary's primary win against Obama in March 2008. Whether or not the state actually becomes a genuine electoral focus for Hillary next year is yet to be seen, and who knows whether or not her campaign number crunchers or internal pollsters see a possibility in the state.
Whatever the case, the location of such a newsworthy policy speech was no accident.
Watch out, Texas: the eyes of Hillary are upon you.