ACORN - the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now - seems to be collapsing throughout the country, according to the Associated Press. We will be surprised if the front for liberal politicians is not resurrected. Already, some ACORN units have simply changed their names to avoid public scrutiny.
A review of what caused ACORN's problems is in order, particularly in view of claims by its chief executive officer, Bertha Lewis. She insisted the collapse is because ACORN "has faced a series of well-orchestrated, relentless, well-funded right-wing attacks that are unprecedented since the McCarthy era."
Lewis knows that is nonsense. During the same week the AP distributed a story about ACORN's crash, it also reported that an ACORN worker in Pittsburgh had pleaded no contest to charges resulting from the group's illegal actions during the 2008 election campaign.
Also during the same week, the former leader of ACORN in Maryland admitted that it was closing operations there because of a videotape made in Baltimore. You remember the one: It showed ACORN workers giving advice to a man and woman they believed to be a prostitute and pimp, on how to evade various laws.
Similar videos were shot at other locations. And similar election fraud charges have been pursued throughout the country.
If there was a conspiracy, it involved ACORN officials, not their critics. We suspect the reaction of most Americans to Lewis will be: Good riddance - and don't come back.