The American Civil Liberties Union vs. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is an unfair fight these days.
Kobach keeps losing in court, as he did again Monday, in lawsuits involving the ACLU’s aggressive battle to protect the rights of Kansas voters.
What makes this all so sweet for Kobach’s critics is that the inept state official back in February 2016 infamously whined at a meeting of Republicans about how his Kansas voter suppression law was the subject of a court test.
“The ACLU and their fellow communist friends, the League of Women Voters — you can quote me on that, the communist League of Women Voters — the ACLU and the communist League of Women Voters sued,” Kobach said.
Well, the ACLU won again on Monday.
As The Kansas City Star reported, a federal judge ordered Kobach to disclose documents “outlining a strategic plan he presented to President Donald Trump in November” regarding how to handle refugees and immigrants.
How did the ACLU — and the world — know that Kobach was doing that?
Looking into the camera with a clueless grin on his face, Kobach had been photographed holding a folder that allegedly included a proposal involving future activities of the Department of Homeland Security. Click here to see The Associated Press photo.
The ACLU got involved in part because the papers also referred to voter rolls. The organization is suing Kobach over the voter ID law he supported several years ago. It requires people to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote.
“The ACLU argued that if Kobach lobbied Trump on changes to the National Voter Registration Act, then the documents may contain material relevant to the case,” The Star reported.
A gleeful ACLU official weighed in Monday afternoon this way:
The turn of events Monday continued Kobach’s losing streak while fighting the ACLU.
In a high-profile showdown last September, Kobach was threatened with contempt of court for not following court orders to add 18,000 Kansans to the voter rolls. He finally agreed to do so, in a lawsuit the ACLU filed on behalf of the voters.
Kobach has lobbied to become part of the Trump administration, without any luck.
Based on what happened Monday, Kobach looks like the kind of fool who would not be a great addition to the federal government’s payroll.