Oh what a sordid tale. Anti-immigrant state senator Russell Pearce is facing a recall election and has a maintream Republican candidate opposing him. Worried that the opponent was going to get a big Hispanic vote, his allies recruited a Hispanic woman to run as a way to ciphon off those voters. After a judge found that the campaign of Olivia Cortes was effectively a dirty trick, Ms. Cortes, who apparently also was duped into believing those who recruited her were sincere, has now dropped out of the race. Now Senator Pearce must actually win a fair fight. That's sounding like a pretty tough task at this point.