So North Carolina has used the freedom given it by the Supreme Court to change its voting rules in ways designed to disenfranchise black people, students, and other unreliable types. (For example, the law eliminates Sunday voting before election day, heavily used by African-Americans.) North Carolina localities have moved as well, in the same direction. None of this has anything to do with stopping voter fraud, unless voting on Sunday is more likely to be fraudulent than voting on Tuesday.
None of this should come as any surprise to anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear. But now that the facts are staring us all in the face, the semi-respectable conservatives and libertarians who have been defending the Supreme Court’s abolition of pre-clearance and talking up “voter fraud” have a choice. They can frankly side with what is, after all, the traditional conservative view going back to William F. Buckley: that black people are inferiors and that white people in the South are justified in preventing them from voting in order to maintain the dominance of the superior race. Or they can call “foul” on their own team, for grossly undemocratic, illegal, and unconstitutional behavior. (Notice that the Republican caucus on the Supreme Court didn’t repeal the Voting Rights Act and couldn’t repeal the Fifteenth Amendment: they just made them virtually unenforceable.)
Or, of course, they can ignore the whole thing and talk about something else. (Or, like Rand Paul, just announce that there’s no evidence that what’s happening is actually happening.) So far, it’s mostly option 3. If anyone finds an honorable exception to this rule, please let me know.