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Conservatives &Politics Richard Falknor on 06 Mar 2009 11:12 pm

Should an RNC Chairman Lose Sleep Over the Constitution?

 UPDATE MARCH 17! Star Parker March 16 here “Time for Steele to go as RNC chair –This is not a time when we can muddle through with a leader who is not sure who he is, who is not clear about the principles of his party, and who is not consumed with the importance of the cultural war that we now confront.”

Should an RNC Chairman Lose Sleep Over the Constitution?

On February 26, the US Senate passed here the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009, a legislative act clearly violating our constitution.  Readers can review the detailed conservative basis for opposing this breach of our governing document here, here, here, and here.

Hans von Spakovsky wrote last month here in his “Violating Their Sacred Honor How the D.C.-Utah House Voting Rights Act violates the Constitution” – –

“This is not an attempt to secure representation for District residents’ interests, then, but a raw grab at political power. It will establish a new, permanently Democratic seat in the House of Representatives. The bill attempts to balance that by adding a second seat as well (bringing the total number of representatives to 437), and giving that seat to Utah. But unlike D.C.’s seat, Utah’s extra seat is guaranteed only until next year’s Census — after which each state will be assigned seats in proportion to its population. The extra seat will almost surely be transferred to a Democratic state like California or New York.

The fact that the bill is unconstitutional and politically motivated, however, does not mean the courts will strike it down. The reason is that in order for a court to strike down a law, someone needs to challenge the law before the court — and in order to challenge the law, a plaintiff needs to demonstrate standing, or that the law has harmed him in some way. Even if the bill contains a section that purports to provide lawmakers standing, there is grave doubt that the courts would respect it. Members of the Senate sued in 1997 regarding a statute that contained such a section, but the Supreme Court ruled that the senators lacked the direct and personal injury required for standing. The type of political injuries that the D.C. bill would inflict might not be sufficient to meet this standard, either.

Statehood proponents know that there is insufficient support nationwide to amend the Constitution to give D.C. a voting member of Congress. They’re willing to violate the Constitution instead. It will be a sad day in American political life if they succeed.” (Underscoring Forum‘s.)

Where does the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele fit in?

Mr. Steele found time in his schedule last month to urge passage of the DC-Utah House Voting Rights Act.  The Washington City Paper here quotes Mr. Steele –  “I think it’s an important civil right for the residents of this city,” said Steele, a native of Ward 4. “Having grown up here I understand how important it is to them.” The left-oriented Huffington Post presents more detail here in their “Steele Lobbying GOP On District Voting Rights.”

But many Republican senators are right now fighting a hard battle against president Barack Obama’s efforts to collectivize our economy and our society. They need all the help they can get. We hope that Mr. Steele can find time over this weekend to lobby for the Republican amendments here
(see also here and here and here ) to the “staggering” Obama Omnibus Appropriations package.  David Rogers’ Politico article here, “Profanity flies in heated Dem session,” reports that —“[Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid] has promised Republicans about a dozen amendments, but his challenge is to defeat each so the omnibus measure can go straight onto the White House.”

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