[Ed. – Now that the cat is out of the bag, when can we expect Biden to set the record straight?]
On Sunday, the headline of the Politico Playbook newsletter was “The Dangers of Voting Rights Hyperbole.” It pointed to an article by Nate Cohn in the New York Times — the same newspaper that has done much to stir up the Georgia hysteria — arguing that “the law’s voting provisions are unlikely to significantly affect turnout or Democratic chances. It could plausibly even increase turnout. In the final account, it will probably be hard to say whether it had any effect on turnout at all.” The short version of the argument is that laws affecting the convenience of voting don’t really change turnout much. Events and candidates change turnout. In the last two elections, Donald Trump changed turnout. In 2008 and 2012, Barack Obama changed turnout.