NPR’s Nina Totenberg : Conservative Justices Gutted Voting Rights Act
In sharp contrast to her view of the Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, NPR’s Legal Affairs / Supreme Court Correspondent Nina Totenberg was quite unhappy about the Court’s June 25 ruling on the Voting Rights Act. Parroting the assessment of the very liberal chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy, Totenberg tweeted June 27, “Court conservatives gut voting rights act.” Unsurprisingly, she did not equivalently characterize the Court as “gutting” DOMA, however.
In trying to paint the Court decision as extreme, Totenberg in the June 26 Morning Edition piece linked to by that tweet, ludicrously claimed that the very partisan Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) is “normally soft-spoken,” but that the decision prompted an "outraged" response from him. It is not clear whether Totenberg has ever heard Lewis’ many sharp-elbowed rants, or whether she simply views them as “soft-spoken.”
Liberals like the very biased Totenberg feel that they have an enlightened view of the proper societal handling of wrongdoers. They believe the focus should be on a time-limited rehabilitation instead of a long-term punishment. When it comes to the handling of states that had earlier improperly restricted voting rights but no longer do, however, indefinite punishment is the only acceptable solution.