Scorched earth politics: Anticipating that they'll lose the House, Dems planning to use lame duck session to pass controversial legislation

John Fund writes at the Wall Street Journal that the House Democrats got some very bad news from Charlie Cook at the National Journal about their reelection chances in November, so if they want to pass the policies and programs that will allow them to hoard even more power and micromanage almost every aspect of the American people’s lives, they will have to do it during the lame duck session:

Members gulped when National Journal’s Charlie Cook, the Beltway’s leading political handicapper, predicted last month “the House is gone,” meaning a GOP takeover. He thinks Democrats will hold the Senate, but with a significantly reduced majority.

The rush to recess gives Democrats little time to pass any major laws. That’s why there have been signs in recent weeks that party leaders are planning an ambitious, lame-duck session to muscle through bills in December they don’t want to defend before November. Retiring or defeated members of Congress would then be able to vote for sweeping legislation without any fear of voter retaliation.

Some of that sweeping legislation includes card check, cap and trade, ratification of the New Start nuclear treaty, and probably the most frightening of all the Democrats’ plans, a “federally mandated universal voter registration system to override state laws.”

With ACORN workers having been charged and prosecuted for voter fraud in at least six states, the Democrats want to make absolutely sure that no state has voter registration laws and regulations that are more difficult to manipulate than Chicago’s.

John Fund, at a David Horowitz Freedom Center seminar in January 2009, explains:

Here’s the transcript from what John Fund said:

In January, Chuck Schumer and Barney Frank will propose universal voter registration. What is universal voter registration? It means all of the state laws on elections will be overriden by a federal mandate. The feds will tell the states: ‘take everyone on every list of welfare that you have, take everyone on every list of unemployed you have, take everyone on every list of property owners, take everyone on every list of driver’s license holders and register them to vote regardless of whether they want to be…’

If the Democrats manage to pass universal voter registration, America’s election process will no longer be free or fair, but will be as untrustworthy as Russia’s.

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