Republican state auditor Les Merritt and the loyal Bushies in the Justice Department tried this week to scuttle plans to make it easier to vote in North Carolina. Merritt claimed to have uncovered "sensitive information" that legislators would need before approving a bill to allow same-day registration and voting, a measure the GOP fears might favor Democrats in the next election. It turns out that Merritt's "information" was just a bunch of math errors -- hardly a reassuring performance by the state's top bookkeeper.
Ronald Reagan once said the 9 scariest words in the English language were, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." These days the 10 scariest words are, "I'm a Republican and I'm here to fix your government." (Just ask the victims of Katrina, or the people of Iraq, or our veterans...) Kudos to state elections director Gary Bartlett and the General Assembly for keeping them from fixing our elections process too.
Will we find what really went on here? It definitely "merits" investigation.