MARK SHIELDS: I think it's a dramatic change. If you take an act of Congress, which is more than a constitutional act, as Marcia pointed out, 15,000 pages of testimony by a 98-0 vote in the United States Senate it's extended, by 390-33 in the House --you can't get 390 House members to agree on a Mother's Day resolution.
They extended it.
And, you know, the court basically, led by the chief justice, said, no, this is not going to be -- this is not acceptable to us. And somehow this -- there is an otherworldly quality about judges. They seem indifferent to the fact that once they say money is speech that we're going to have $4 billion dollar campaigns.
They seem indifferent to the fact that once they say the Voting Rights Act is suspended that the attorney general of Texas, Mr. Greg Abbott, says oh, we're going to go -- our Texas voter I.D. law, which had been held up by the Justice Department, is now going to be imposed. Under the Texas voter I.D. law, a valid student identification from the University of Texas at Austin is not adequate to prove who you are, but a concealed weapons permit is perfectly OK.