The Unbearable Stupidity of Authoritarianism
The Atlantic / Eric Tarloff

in each case the heavy-handedness on display has been staggering. 
Can't these people at least show a little finesse when they're
practicing ballot-box fraud?  If they weren't so eager to prove
themselves beloved by their people, if they were only willing to commit
their thefts with a marginally lighter touch, the evidence against them
wouldn't be so cut-and-dried, and their defenders wouldn't be forced to
look so much like poltroons and toadies and fools.

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