Given our love affair with Hans A. Von Spakovsky, I can’t let his op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal go unnoted. Titled “Anatomy of a Beltway Smear Campaign,” it is his embittered reaction to being forced, finally, to withdraw his nomination to the FEC last week:
During the past two years, while my nomination to the Federal Election Commission was pending – and before I withdrew last week – friends would call whenever the latest newspaper story or blog post attacking me was planted by political operatives and left-wing advocacy organizations.
They always asked the same question: Why was I putting up with the character assassination that has become the norm in Senate confirmation battles whenever a conservative is nominated for public office? …
My own hard feelings will pass. But the political system has been damaged once more by the poisonous tactics of the left, and there is no reason to think that the whole sorry spectacle will not be repeated again and again and again. So long as such tactics are accepted and even encouraged by politicians and the media, it will become harder and harder to find ordinary citizens willing to submit to the character assassination that now passes for our confirmation process.
It was a little disappointing not to see TPM mentioned by name, but I couldn’t help but think Hans was giving us a nod when he complained about being called a “vote suppressor.”