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Ramesh Ponnuru

Republicans Are Winning the Debate on Voter ID

Biden’s blunders in Georgia set the tone of the national discussion, while Democrats' accusations about a “new Jim Crow” have failed to inflict any political damage. 

Unfortunately for progressives, few people are listening now.

Unfortunately for progressives, few people are listening now.

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Republicans themselves don’t all realize it, but they’re winning the political debate over voting laws.

It’s not just that Republicans are pushing through the laws they favor in multiple states while Democrats in Washington have not been able to enact anything. That difference is mostly a result of the Senate’s 50-50 tie and the filibuster. What’s worse for the Democrats, their attack on Republicans as “vote suppressors” who are instituting a “new Jim Crow” does not seem to be inflicting any political damage.