Looks to me like the solution is simple. I would have advised the Clantons and McClaurys not to ride into Tombstone armed. You really don’t want to get involved in a shoot out with Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday. I would advise the outside inspectors not to ride into Texas looking for a fight. My experience with Texas law enforcement is they don’t make idle threats.
Maybe it’s true our federal government has obligated the individual states to allow foreign observers to watch our elections. But you’ll never convince Texans that the federal government can grant absolution in advance for violations of Texas election laws.
The foreign inspectors have probably never heard this bit of Western wisdom. So I feel obliged to pass it along now. Saddle your hoss before you sass the boss.
Mike Hinkle is a columnist for The Edmond (Okla.) Sun.