Our View: Selective enforcement, again

Posted: July 27, 2013

Last month, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision in the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required certain states to go hat in hand to Washington any time they wished to make a change relative to the electoral process. Virginia was one state subject to this “pre-clearance.”

It didn’t take long, but the Obama administration — or, more specifically, Eric Holder’s Justice Department — is devising an end-run strategy to circumvent this ruling. On Thursday, Mr. Holder said he would deploy other provisions of the 1965 law to bring Texas to heel and hold it to the strictures of preclearance.

Gov. Rick Perry responded swiftly in kind: “Once again, the Obama administration is demonstrating utter contempt for our country's system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution.”

Do not confuse Mr. Perry’s bluntness for lack of reflection. His assessment is spot-on. We’ve written before of the Obama administration’s “contempt” for the rule of law, as witnessed in its refusal to enforce statutes not to its philosophical liking. Now, it seems, such disdain extends to Supreme Court opinions.