Sue Sturgis at Facing South describes the obstacles voters face ahead of the Alabama U.S. Senate special election in December. And not just Voter ID, either: freed from Voting Rights Act pre-clearance by the Supreme Court, Alabama closed nearly 200 voting precincts between 2012 and 2016, engaged in what looks an awful lot like good old-fashioned caging, and lifted restrictions for nonviolent felons without telling them. (The good news? Alabama doesn't participate in the Interstate Crosscheck system that has disenfranchised so many voters nationwide, and the Obama Administration stepped in to force the reversal of Alabama's notorious closure of 31 DMVs, disproportionately in black and impoverished areas.) But as Phil Jackson always said, if you have bad refs, you play above them. Maybe that's easy to say when you're putting Shaq and Kobe out there every night, but Doug Jones -- whose election would, frankly, be a victory for civilized people everywhere -- doesn't look ready to play above the refs, let alone be Shaq or Kobe.
President Trump whines -- on Twitter, the favorite place of whiners -- that "(n)obody could have done what I've done for Puerto Rico with so little appreciation!" Given that more than 80% of good Puerto Ricans still don't have power and four in 10 still don't have access to clean water three weeks after Hurricane Maria's landfall, it's hard to tell what he's done, besides a lot of golfing and yelling at pro athletes and tossing paper towels to hurricane survivors like they were all at a minor league baseball game. If Barack Obama had complained about "being unappreciated," right-wingers would have been all over him like white on rice, but Trump votaries don't see the Great Man's whining as whining, because they see themselves as the One True Oppressed People who Get to Complain All They Want. What a shame their rage addiction prevents them from redressing their real grievances, which (sigh) have nothing to do with race and everything to do with economic injustice.