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Sympathy for the Devil

Sometimes you just have to hate it when you're right. I went a little over the top a few days ago, and predicted that Republicans would respond to Democratic and civil rights attorneys' efforts to stop their voter suppression campaign by "pretending their goons are being intimidated and harassed." Sure enough, Josh Marshall reports that robo-calls in the Philly suburbs are telling voters that Democratic "trial lawyers" are trying to intimidate Republican campaign workers through lawsuits and such. The "campaign workers" we are talking about are, of course, trying to intimidate and harass Democratic, and especially minority, voters. Part of Karl Rove's M.O. is to pull deliberately outrageous stunts and then use the opposition's outrage to suggest moral equivalency between the two parties. But this is even worse: arguing that those poor, bedraggled GOP vote suppressors are actually victims whose plight should command sympathy. Unbelievable, but it's happening.