Posted by: Ann Corcoran | July 27, 2012

ACORN founder Rathke: Kobach is “the right’s go-to-guy for hater legal theories”

….and he is like a used car salesman from Wisconsin (say what!)

I was planning to report to you today about Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s report to the Heritage Foundation  anyway.  It is very good report on how the Voter ID bill passed in Kansas is working out just fine.  You can read about it here yourself.

However, it is much more interesting to see what Wade looking-for-relevance Rathke (founder of ACORN) and friend of CASA de Maryland has to say about Kobach in the wake of his report to Heritage.

Just a reminder that awhile back many of us in Maryland had the pleasure of hearing Kobach, the brains behind many state immigration bills, speak in Frederick, here.

So here is Wade (at his Chief Organizer Blog) who apparently can’t get over the fact that Kobach is Ivy League educated (looks like Wade may not have graduated from college?) and could still be such a hater.   What!  Kobach can’t possibly be a conservative and from the Ivy League!

New Orleans  I’ve been watching Kris Kobach closely for the last four years, ever since he claimed in the Topeka newspapers that he was running to become Secretary of State in Kansas in 2008 to stop ACORN from committing “voter fraud,”….


Kobach is also a case study for how something can go so horribly wrong when one is given exceptional tools but has no idea about how to responsibly use them.  An education at Harvard, then a scholarship at Oxford in political science, and a tour of Yale Law School, with time as a judge’s clerk and a mischief maker in the post-9/11 Bush Justice Department has sent him on a crooked path, complicated by the fact that he clearly has no moral compass.  Kobach has become ALEC and the right’s go-to-guy for hater legal theories.  He was responsible for much of the Arizona’s anti-immigrant 1070 legislation.  In his Kansas campaign he had coupled the “menace” of ACORN with his hate of immigrants who would to his lights be voting fraudulently with ACORN’s “help.”  He has also been a key legal figure in the push for voter IDs across the country.  For Kobach now all he has is his rightwing hammer and everything is simply a nail.

Rathke:  Waaahhh!  Kobach is from Wisconsin and his father sold cars (that explains it all!).

He was on an evil mission and used ACORN to stir his pot and ACORN was unable at the time to have the true story told.  It’s no surprise that Kobach is from Wisconsin and spent many years of his youth there or that his father had put them there selling cars [gasp! his father was a small businessman!–ed].  Wisconsin’s Senator Joe McCarthy obviously became a model for Kobach and he learned something as well about selling clunkers.


This is a dangerous man on an evil mission with the motto that everything is fair in war that lacks any notion of love for democracy and is principles.  He is obviously good at what he does and can get his hater-bills off the lot, but we simply must do everything to prevent them from gaining any speed or any more distance in the direction he is trying to steer people – and parties – along this bad road.

Do you think this car analogy kind of ran out of gas a few paragraphs back—who reads this stuff?—besides me, but it’s my job–ed

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