Thank you, Chief Justice John Roberts, and the rest of the conservatives on the Supreme Court for handing the Democratic Party a winning issue for the 2014 midterms. Their June decision striking down the pre-clearance provision on the Voting Rights Act allowed boneheaded Republicans running state governments, particularly in the South, to pass laws so obviously designed to suppress the vote of minorities and the young, that they will feel they must do everything they can to vote.
Without this motivation the Democrats would have lost the Senate, seats in the House and countless state and local races. With it, even Texas is in play.
The Republican Party's embrace of suppression as their main tactic is a clear signal that they're out of ideas and can only compete when a narrow segment of the public comes out to vote. They are dreaming if they believe this path will do anything but mobilize and give Democratic organizers ammunition against them.
I was a student leader (long ago) and dealt with voter suppression in the Albany, N.Y., 1993 mayoral race. I sued the Albany board of elections after they attempted to move polling places off-campus - and won. Not only did this motivate me to get students involved in a very local election, it helped to defeat Albany's machine candidate.
Similar challenges to voter access are playing out in a much larger scale across the nation, and I believe similar outcomes will occur. Student leaders love these fights, even as we all hoped and believed they were long over.
Organizers in African-American and Latino communities already know how to get people out to the polls for presidential elections. Now they have a reason to get them out for the midterms.
Democrats will win in places where they shouldn't, with a rallying cry of "Don't let them steal your right to vote". Students will get the proper ID, African-Americans and Latino's will vote in even higher numbers then they did in 2012, and machines will fall.
This is what happens when you try to keep people down. This is what happens when you haven't had a new idea since Nixon was in the White House. For the record, more tax cuts and higher defense spending are not new ideas.
The Democrats were doomed in 2014 without this issue. The party of the president almost always loses seats in the midterms. The GOP would have spent the next two years doing nothing before their inevitable demise in 2016.
Thanks to Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia and the angry-yet-scared little boys running most of the Republican states, the nation could be spared this catastrophe. The Democratic Party must seize this opportunity, organize on this issue, support local efforts and kick out the despicable officials responsible for these pathetic laws.Christopher Hahn is a highly sought-after progressive pundit, political consultant and attorney based in New York. He is a veteran of over 1,000 national television appearances on a variety of political and public policy topics. Christopher's skill in dealing with public policy issues was honed during five years he served as a senior aide to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and as chief deputy county executive for Nassau County, N.Y. Follow him on Twitter @christopherhahn.