The Corner

Krauthammer’s Take: Voting Rights Decision Outrage Is ‘Classic Case Of Reactionary Liberalism’

Speaking on Special Report Tuesday night, Charles Krauthammer welcomed today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

“It’s a dagger in the heart of a bill that has succeeded,” said Krauthammer. “Its time has come and gone.” Krauthammer cited statistics that show that black voting rates are higher than white voting rates in five of the six southern states under scrutiny.

The ruling in no way takes away the right to bring suit against a state for discriminatory electoral practices, but simply removes the presumption of guilt that was previously exclusively reserved for these southern states.

However, the decision was met with outrage on the left, as many liberal pundits and politicians denounced the ruling as a major step backwards and an assault against the voting rights of minorities. Krauthammer rejected such criticisms as “a classic case of reactionary liberalism,” which fails to recognize that conditions are “radically different” today, and “some things have to change.”

NRO Staff — Members of the National Review Online editorial and operational teams are included under the umbrella “NR Staff.”

Most Popular


Courage: The Greatest of Virtues

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Or Listener), As the reporter assigned the job of writing the article about all of Sidney Blumenthal’s friends and supporters told his ... Read More

My American Dream

This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American. I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident (green card), and, finally, as a ... Read More

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More