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Commenting on the court decision, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the federal government should not micromanage elections at the state level. “We believe states should have some ability to set powers of election,” he said. “Unless we’re going to turn this entirely over to the federal (government) to determine Ohio voting, we have no choice but to appeal this.”
DeWine said Americans have always made special accommodations for military personnel.
“Since the time of Civil War we’ve made a distinction in this country between the availability and access for people who are in the military versus the rest of us to vote. And we made that distinction because of the unique situation people in the military are in,” DeWine said. “This (law) is not anything new.”
DeWine, a former U.S. senator, said he plans to appeal the order because “My job as attorney general is to defend the laws of the state of Ohio and to defend the right of the state of Ohio to set its own rules and its own laws.”
Former Justice Department lawyer J. Christian Adams said the ruling was “a blatantly political decision and judicial activism at its worse.”
“Disregarding precedent and upending state law, the liberal federal judge, at the stroke of a pen, increased the early voting period for a three day period across the state, imposing additional duties and an unfunded mandate on local and state election officials without any authority,” said Adams, author of Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department.
Strangely, no outside groups such as the ACLU, Demos, NAACP, or ACORN-affiliated Project Vote participated in the Ohio case alongside the three plaintiffs Obama for America, Democratic National Committee, and the Ohio Democratic Party. Not one left-wing group even filed an amicus brief.
But underscoring the importance of this issue to America’s fighting men and women a battalion of pro-soldier groups including AMVETS, Army Reserve Association, Marine Corps League, National Association for Uniformed Services, Non Commissioned Officers Association of the USA, Special Forces Association, and the U.S. Army Ranger Association Inc., all intervened as defendants in the case.
Obama’s lead counsel in the lawsuit is Robert F. Bauer of the law firm Perkins Coie. Known for his in-your-face approach to lawyering, in 2008 Bauer asked the Department of Justice to prosecute Obama critics and fine television stations for running an ad about Obama’s close personal friendship with Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. Bauer has been instrumental in whitewashing Obama’s radical roots by filing lawsuits keeping a bewildering array of the president’s personal papers hidden away. In 2008 Bauer claimed that John McCain engaged in voter suppression merely by criticizing ACORN.
Perkins Coie is one of the Obama reelection campaign’s biggest vendors, generating just under $2.3 million in legal bills – a number that is bound to shoot up even higher as Obama’s legal warfare escalates between now and Election Day.
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