Jimmy Carter makes my dreams come true
Bipartisan election reform is an old saw of mine, and I just now am seeing that it might be coming true.
Former President Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III will head a study commission that will recommend changes in the nation’s federal election system.
The bipartisan panel, announced Thursday by American University’s Center for Democracy and Election Management, is charged with examining such matters as the disputed 2000 presidential election.
“I am concerned about the state of our electoral system and believe we need to improve it,” said Carter, a Democrat whose Carter Center in Atlanta has monitored dozens of elections around the world. “There is much we could learn from other democracies and from our own citizens.”
“America’s democracy is the backbone of our society, and only through fair elections can we guarantee that our system remains healthy,” said Baker, a Republican, who was the top U.S. diplomat under President George H.W. Bush.
Ralph Munro, a liberal Republican who served as Washington state’s secretary of state, is one of 16 members serving with Carter and Baker. The group plans public hearings in Washington, D.C. and Houston and will send a report to Congress after the Labor Day recess.
Yes, these committees sometimes write a fat report that gets completely ignored, but I don’t think it’s radical to say James Baker has some influence with the White House. Hopefully they’ll hammer out something that involves paper trails for e-voting (making Democrats happy) and ID requirements (making Republicans happy), and it’ll sail through congress like taco meat through a colon.
Of course, anti-Muslim blogger Charles Johnson is turning red and stamping his little feet at the mention of Jimmy.
This, coming from the ex-President who sat in the Presidential box next to Michael Moore, declared that Fahrenheit 9/11 was one of his favorite films, and honored a vicious terrorist at his grave.
Deeuhr! Deeeuhr! Non sequitors!