It’s no secret that Republican state legislators have disturbing priorities. The tidal wave of voter-suppression laws that they have been enacting is front and center in the nation’s consciousness.

Citizens are likewise watching closely—mostly with slack-jawed disbelief—the unhinged election “audit” that state legislators have commissioned in Maricopa County, Arizona. That’s the one where auditors have searched in vain for traces of bamboo in ballots, sniffing out a suspected Chinese plot. (Auditors evidently posit that the former president was literally bamboo-zled out of re-election.)