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Conservative Site Accuses Marion Barry of Turkey-Giveaway Hypocrisy

With Thanksgiving a little more than a week away, it's time for a Washington tradition: Councilmember Marion Barry's occasionally troubled Thanksgiving turkey giveaway in Ward 8. But can Barry's free birds tell us something, somehow, about Democratic opposition to voter ID laws?

The Web operation of conservative ragebot Michelle Malkin thinks so. After Barry tweeted information about the giveaway on Thursday, including a requirement that residents prove that they live in Ward 8 with a photo ID, Malkin's Twitchy website pounced.

"Photo ID required?" wrote a staffer at Twitchy. "Why is Democrat Marion Barry suppressing the right to free Thanksgiving turkeys?"

Of course, the difference between a vote and a turkey is that a turkey is not a constitutionally-protected right—no matter how often it can seem like it in the District. Last year, Barry attempted to add several requirements for turkey access, like attendance at Ward 8 community meetings, but was forced to drop them after an outrcry.

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  • Typical DC BS

    Sorry Will, you don't have a right to show up and not have to prove who you are to do ANYTHING else in the Bill of Rights, or anything else in the modern world. Can you show up and buy a gun (2nd Amendment ring a bell?) without an ID? Try studying Supreme Court decisions - it's already been acknowledged that requiring ID is NOT an infringement of your right to vote.

  • http://leftforledroit.com Left for LeDroit

    Who's paying for the turkeys? Is a private interest that wants a favor from Barry buying the turkeys? If so, they pay and he gets to look like a hero.

  • noodlez

    INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW?????

    IS THE NEGATIVE COVERAGE OF THIS TURKEY GIVEAWAY STORY A RIGHT OF PASSAGE FOR WASH CITY PAPER WRITERS?

  • Will Sommer

    Thanks for noting, Noodlez. Today I am a man.

  • Mike Madden

    @ noodlez:

    Technically this is negative coverage of negative coverage of the turkey giveaway, not negative coverage of the turkey giveaway.

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  • Will P.

    "the difference between a vote and a turkey is that a turkey is not a constitutionally-protected right"

    Alas, voting is not a constitutionally protected right either, it's a privilege. The Constitution only stipulates specific things you can not do to SELECTIVELY restrict voting. The founders did not intend on anybody voting for President, and that hasn't changed (ref. Bush v. Gore 2000)

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