Every time Obama tries to do one thing at the federal level, the GOP throws a hissy fit and whines like a little bitch that the states should handle the matter. We always hear this line of reasoning in regards to health care and social welfare issues.
However, with poker, the DOJ under Obama has taken a very ‘states decide’ approach. The DOJ simply said the Wire Act doesn’t have a federal prohibition of poker, meaning the states can decide. All they did was interpret an existing law, not create a new one.
What do Republicans do? Attack it of course! Republicans are basically saying the states shouldn’t have a say and the federal government should just ban it. They have even made it part of their 2012 platform.
“Millions of Americans suffer from problem or pathological gambling that can destroy families. We support the prohibition of gambling over the Internet and call for reversal of the Justice Department’s decision distorting the formerly accepted meaning of the Wire Act that could open the door to Internet betting.”
Really?! Gag me with your self-righteous BS.
Look, Republicans, this is an election that should have been a slam dunk for you. The economy and the labor market are in the toilet. Obama can’t campaign on hope and progress like he did in 2008 since he now owns the economy. However, Romney is behind in the polls and the GOP may even lose some house seats. What’s the reason for the poor state of the GOP in what should be a tailor-made GOP route?
Here’s a clue: it’s because you piss off too many people.
Poker players are naturally libertarians. They just want to stay at home and play a card game on the computer. They’re not exactly bleeding hearts looking to solve all the world’s ills with government involvement; they just want to be left alone. They’re an easy group to pickup some votes among the youth demographic.
However, you have to piss all over this potential voting block to continue catering to the one group that will vote for you no matter what (The Whacko Right).
I realize it’s common knowledge the GOP has been hostile to online poker. Ever since the Republican Senator Bill Frist was able to tack on the UIGEA to a Port Security Bill, the GOP has been viewed in a poor light by poker players.
However, for a minute there, things looked a little better. With Congressmen Barton (a Republican) pushing for legalization of poker at the federal level, there was a small chance that the GOP could be a partner in progress. Even as work at the federal level seemed to stall, it seemed at least we can just count on states (including some Red States) to do it themselves.
Nope. Not only will the GOP stall any federal legalization of poker, they don’t want the states to not have the option of doing it themselves. That’s flat-out government intervention if I ever heard of it. The GOP hates it when the feds try to limit fat cat companies from polluting the air or forming oligopolies and bilking consumers….but they’ll be damned if they’re going to let states experiment with legalizing online poker!
The Wire Act is a 1960’s law aimed at the old mob that has no connection with modern internet poker. The UIGEA was crafted to be very vague to allow legal gambling if it was ever legislated. Why on earth does the GOP have to go out on a limb to try to stop states from legalizing online poker? Do they hate poker players so much that they just don’t want our votes?