How concerned are members of Congress about election fraud? First, they vote to require a photo ID from everyone showing up at the polls.
Republicans defended the legislation, saying it would help stem election fraud and keep illegal immigrants from casting ballots. They also said it would provide money to help poor citizens get identification.
It'd be easier to take seriously if one member hadn't gloated about stealing an election just a day before the vote. Texas Rep. Joe Barton (R) joked with Democrat Al Wynn (D-MD) about Wynn's close primary that he apparently won via voting cards found in an unguarded truck.
BARTON: Down in Texas, we had a Democratic primary about 50 years ago that Lyndon Johnson won by 54 votes. And he got the nickname "Landslide Lyndon." We have Mr. Wynn next. He had a little bit of a tussle last week, but he did win. And so, I want to recognize "Landslide Wynn" for any opening statement that he wishes…
WYNN: Well, thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. In fact, they're still counting, but we're quite optimistic. And I did take a couple pages out of Lyndon's book, so if I win, it can be attributed to Texas know-how.
(UNKNOWN): Did you (inaudible)?
BARTON: I hope not. I hope you win fair and square.
WYNN: A win is a win.