If you’re comforted by stories showing that, in some respects at least, the good old days are still with us, then you’ll appreciate the latest news out of West Virginia. A 2012 candidate for sheriff in Lincoln County has, according to the Charleston Gazette, only recently emerged from prison after pleading guilty to vote-buying charges in 2005. He would replace the current sheriff, who, the Gazette also reports, has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he “manipulated absentee votes.”

Charles Peters

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly.