It’s shameful that Republicans believe their political future rests on voter suppression. But Democrats can turn this chicken shit into chicken salad.
First they tell voters: “Republicans are doing all they can to make sure only angry old white men can vote. If you’re young, old, a minority or anyone who doesn’t look like them, they want to keep you from voting. How do you like that?”
Second, use it as an organizing tool. Keep the Obama field and volunteer armies angry, energized and working. Get a voter ID for everybody who needs one. And make sure they vote in 2014.
For Republicans, this is like immigration. There is short-term gain in suppressing Democratic voters, just as there is short-term gain in demonizing immigrants. But the 2012 presidential election shows there is also a long-term price to pay.