The New York Times on the Attorney Firings

The New York Times is asserting in an editorial today that the fired attorneys were standing up for the integrity of the election system by not pursuing voter fraud investigations that the Bush Administration wanted it to. This is the Times’ logic:

In its fumbling attempts to explain the purge of United States attorneys, the Bush administration has argued that the fired prosecutors were not aggressive enough about addressing voter fraud. It is a phony argument; there is no evidence that any of them ignored real instances of voter fraud. But more than that, it is a window on what may be a major reason for some of the firings.

In partisan Republican circles, the pursuit of voter fraud is code for suppressing the votes of minorities and poor people. By resisting pressure to crack down on “fraud,” the fired United States attorneys actually appear to have been standing up for the integrity of the election system…

There is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in this country. Rather, Republicans under Mr. Bush have used such allegations as an excuse to suppress the votes of Democratic-leaning groups…

Voter fraud may not be “rampant” but there are pockets of it like this allegation of it in Wisconsin , which Ann Althouse thinks is pretty convincing.

John Hawkins nails the New York Times for its hypocrisy:

The most nauseating part of this is that New York Times, like many other liberals, constantly complain about irregularities in the voting system, so much so that they undermine people’s confidence in the system, while simultaneously fighting tooth and nail to prevent any sort of crackdown on fraud that they believe might benefit Democrats. This is why liberals scream about voting machines in any close race that Democrats’ lose while opposing photo ID at the polls, investigations of Democratic fraud, and cleaning off the voter rolls of people who have died or moved. It’s the worst sort of hypocrisy; trying to leave the door open for fraud that may benefit Democrats while claiming that conservatives are the ones who don’t want to secure the vote.

Where is the outrage?
Giving in to terrorists