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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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I'm chagrined I didn't know about this earlier. But it is another amazing development out of the fun-house world of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), the progenitor of anti-immigrant laws around the country but most known as perhaps the biggest charlatan in the on-going war on voting which goes under the heading of anti-'voter fraud' activism. And, Good Lord, is it a high bar. Generally, someone in a position like Kobach occupies must make a referral to a prosecutor if they believe they have evidence of a crime like voter fraud. But apparently even in Kansas, where he should have a friendly audience among local prosecutors, he can't find anyone to indict people over his bogus claims and witch hunts. So he's got a solution. He's got a new law passed which in addition amping up a bunch of criminal statutes gives him as Secretary State the ability to prosecute supposed offenders on his own. (The law is currently on the governor's desk.) In other words, he no longer has to convince actual prosecutors that a crime has been committed. He can just prosecute anyone he wants. Here's the story.

You cannot be in that much trouble if you are looking at the beginning of a long run for President, which will end almost a year and a half from now, and still lead every plausible opposition candidate. That's where Hillary Clinton is right now. For various reasons, I still think her chances of being elected next November are good. But the latest polls do point to a real issue for her - not just the sort of nonsense you hear from media organizations who sponsor the polls or the hyperactive beltway horserace watchers.

Let's look at the numbers.

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We got a huge amount of feedback in response to my post yesterday about the Laura Kipnis story out of Northwestern, one of which I already published Tuesday afternoon. They ranged the gamut from hearty agreement to strenuous disagreement, with at least a few stuck in the sort of fatuous new-speak that I ridiculed in my original post. What was most interesting though is something one almost always finds in these sorts of cases, which is that people on either side of the issue were focusing on very different things, if not addressing very different questions.

So for instance, those who agreed with what I wrote were focusing on generational conflict, attempts to shoehorn Title IX law into a broader war to bludgeon opponents in a sort of campus culture war, while those who disagreed zeroing in on ways in which Kipnis seemed to poo-poo accusations which if proven count as criminal behavior under current law. What makes big debates so hard to get a handle on is that we're usually arguing not just over the facts and 'what's right' but often even more so over which facts or questions even matter.

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