Seeing as how highly prominent Democrats have made it their particular business to persecute proponents of voter ID laws as malicious, racist, and downright stupid — most notably, of course, the Obama Justice Department — they seem strangely less skeptical when they’re not the ones benefiting from election fraud. Earlier this year, former Republican Congressman from Michigan Thaddeus McCotter resigned from Congress, citing a “nightmarish” experience and concern for his family, but earlier this month, four of his former staffers were indicted for forging the signatures on petitions to place him on the ballot. The Detroit Free Press now reports that this was apparently a regular thing over the years:

The staff of former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter evidently had some practice dummying up petitions in order to get their boss on the ballot.

A review of the nominating petitions turned in for McCotter’s elections from 2002 through 2012 shows he did not have enough signatures to qualify to run in at least the 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections. The skullduggery wasn’t detected until this year, when a part-time staffer for the Secretary of State found that of the more than 1,800 signatures turned in by the McCotter campaign for 2012, only 244 were valid. …

The 2002 and 2004 petitions were relatively clean with few duplicates, but in 2008, at least 67 of the 177 petition pages submitted were either copies or had been doctored by cutting and pasting dates from other documents onto the petitions. …

“It’s a real punch in the gut, and I hope that voters out there are really watching and listening,” said Natalie Mosher, a Canton Democrat who lost to McCotter in 2010. “I’m angry, because I think the voters of the district got taken for a ride by this guy.”

Yes, there is definite reason for outrage here, but as John Fund points out for National Review:

Would that Democrats summoned as much outrage over the long history of voter fraud that has surrounded Michigan elections. In 2005, Detroit city clerk Jackie Currie was removed from office after Detroit mayor Kwame Kirkpatrick won a disputed second term partly on the basis of illegal absentee ballots cast in the names of dead people. Currie’s employees were accused of illegally assisting incapacitated people to vote by absentee ballot. Kirkpatrick himself was later forced to resign after being convicted on corruption charges.

This latest debacle is just another reminder that election fraud is a real thing that can take many forms, and that politicians & friends on both sides of the aisle are capable of taking advantage of lax rules. And no, the issue of McCotter’s former staff specifically probably isn’t something that would have been solved by voter ID laws, but it once again demonstrates the very real possibilities for corruption and deception in our political arena and the need to clamp down on available avenues and opportunities to commit such acts — if it’s possible in this capacity, it’s not such a stretch that is could be possible in others. This doesn’t have to be such a sticking point for partisanship and demagoguery.