Those who google “voter suppression” and “Kobach” will be treated to 133,000 stories, many of them awash in hysteria, that contain both words. Some recent sample headlines:
“Kris Kobach, the face of voter suppression, loses governor’s race in Kansas,” New Republic, November 6, 2018.0
“White Nationalist Links, Voter Suppression Define Kris Kobach’s Career,” truthout.org, November 6, 2018.
“Kansas: Aftershocks from the epicenter of voter suppression”–Columbia Journalism Review, October 4, 2018.
“Court Recognizes Threat Kobach Poses to Election Integrity,” ACLU, June 21, 2018.
True, Democrat Kansas Governor-elect Laura Kelly voted for the seemingly evil voter suppression law Secretary of State Kris Kobach crafted. “Why did Democrat Laura Kelly vote for Kris Kobach’s terrible voter citizenship bill?” wailed the Kansas City Star. No matter, the Star and most other Kansas media endorsed Kelly’s candidacy, and Kobach was left to be “the face” of this presumably monstrous legacy.
So how did it all turn out? As the Wichita Eagle reported on Saturday, “Kansans voted in record numbers in the November election, with more than 1 million people casting ballots.”
As secretary of state, Kobach was responsible for reporting the results. He called the final tally, “Really, surprisingly high number as well, frankly.” He was not exaggerating. More than a million people voted. Proportionate to the voting population, that is 13 percent more than in 2014 mid-term and 15 percent more than in 2010.
No doubt some of these voters, perhaps many, were inspired to vote to keep the white supremacist, vote suppressor Kris Kobach out of office. Propaganda works. This cycle it worked very well. Indeed, not since the coordinated smear of Attorney General Phill Kline in 2006, has the Kansas Democratic-media complex worked so hard to create so ugly and distorted a picture of a decent human being.
Kobach, like Kline, marked himself as a target from the very beginning. Attractive, principled, and impeccably credentialed, Kobach represented the kind of Republican the complex honchos could not tolerate, the kind with genuine convictions and national potential.
Had Kobach stuck to everyday issues like schools and taxes, they might have tolerated him. But by standing firm for voter integrity and enforcement of immigration law–two unobjectionable goals a generation ago–Kobach threatened the future of the Democratic Party. His career had to be killed in the womb.