Shortly after I finished reading this piece from the Washington Post‘s Aaron Blake, in which he tries mightily to kill the idea that the truth (namely, that Romney lost the Iowa caucuses to Santorum) should be allowed to derail the effects of the reporting he and his Romney-fluffing buddies have produced on order from their bosses, I ran into this from Alec MacGillis in TNR:
Most of all, though, it seems odd to be chiding Santorum for playing to unpleasant racial dynamics when he spent several minutes early in the debate arguing on behalf of restoring voting rights to ex-convicts. It served the purpose of throwing Mitt Romney back on his heels for a few moments as he scrambled to compute what the proper answer was on this touchy issue, but it was also about as likely to win Santorum votes in the GOP South Carolina primary as cutting up the Confederate flag in front of the state Capitol for napkins….
For a Republican candidate to be talking like this when Republican state legislatures are doing their darndest to suppress black turnout, by non-convicted voters much less by felons, is a big deal.
Especially considering that Santorum brought up the subject because Mitt Romney’s superPAC was running an ad trying to Willie-Hortonize Santorum over Santorum’s vote for the Martin Luther King Bill.