On top of being a fool, your novels are a frightful bore

Game of Thrones author blasts ‘racists and oligarchs’ who support photo ID voting.

It was widely reported back in June that the producers of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” deliberately used a gruesome image of former president George W. Bush’s head impaled on a stake during the drama’s season one finale. The backlash was so great that DVD shipments were halted, digital copies were edited, and an apology was issued via press release.

Now the author of the books, George R.R. Martin has shown his true colors, blaming conservatives in swing states for what he called “voter suppression.”

In a recent blog post titled “Show Us Your Papers”, the avowed Democrat from New Jersey who thinks Obama is “the most intelligent president we’ve had since Jimmy Carter,” (really) launched a diatribe that accused Republicans of disenfranchising large groups of minority voters in an attempt to steal the election by trying to impose voter ID laws.

“I am way too busy these days for long political rants,” he wrote. “But I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed, disgusted, and yes, angry I’ve become as I watch the ongoing attempts at voter suppression in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and other states where Republicans and their ‘Teabagger’ allies control key seats of power.”

The Huffington Post couldn’t resist picking up the story, partly because of the steady stream of comments that were “overwhelmingly in agreement with Martin’s words.” It was also just the excuse HuffPo needed to reiterate the so-called legitimacy of the study that somehow proved the scarcity of voter fraud, further “undermining the rationale behind voter ID laws.”

Martin is one of many liberals who have tried to demonize the legislation by referring to it as a new kind of poll tax, but voter fraud is still a legitimate concern according to a recent Judicial Watch report.

I tried to read his four (now five) massive attempts at imitating Tolkien the Master and stopped after the third chapter of the first book. Overwritten and frightfully boring.

5 thoughts on “On top of being a fool, your novels are a frightful bore”

  1. This is from the recent primary sample ballot that was sent out by my supervisor of elections, in terms of valid photo ID (as long as they’re signed):

    FL driver’s license
    FL identification card
    US passport
    Debit or credit card
    Military ID
    Student ID
    Retirement Center ID
    Neighborhood Association ID
    Public Assistance ID

    So why is it wrong to ask for photo ID?

  2. The exasperating Leonard Pitts wrote a column a while ago asking why black voters were not more upset about “voter suppression.”

    I thought of writing to him. Had I done so, I would’ve said that the simplest explanation is that black voters, like most voters of any race or other classification, have enough sense to understand that if you have to show an ID to order a pizza, it is entirely reasonable to require it in order to vote.

  3. No, Matt; people who drive too slowly during morning rush hour are exasperating. The difference is that they don’t presume moral superiority and don’t expect to be appreciated or rewarded for being assholes. Pitts does.

  4. asombra: I guess perhaps I’ve bent over backwards, over the years, to be charitable to Pitts.

    My local paper here in Omaha used to run his columns. He would have me tearing my hair out over my morning breakfast table (actually, just a McDonald’s sausage biscuit on my sofa) and I would tell myself not to read him anymore, and then he would write some gem of a column that made me give him another chance.

    Granted, his ratio of one good column to perhaps every eight silly columns was hardly stellar in itself, but consider his political orientation! And who published him! I guess I’m just grateful for small favors…

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