Speaking of Kobach’s legal sanction only, and not about the striking down of the law.
I believe the sanction to be proper and appropriate.
First of all, Kobach is evidently NOT an idiot. He has a B.A. from Harvard, an M.A. an Ph.D. from Oxford and a J.D. from Yale. He held a clerkship, but at the Court of Appeals level, not the District Court level. He has experience litigating in federal trial courts, but appears to have a losing record, many of his suits being dismissed for lack of standing of the plaintiffs. Most of his immediate career before becoming Secretary of State was teaching law. I should note that as lead defendant’s attorney in a case against Hazleton, Pennsylvania, while he lost the case, he made an ass load of money, several million dollars, so it was not all bad for him.
But like many “advocates” he is blinded by the (at least his own self perceived) righteous of his own cause. He thinks he is “entitled” to waltz into federal court and blindly ignore all rules in furtherance of his holy cause.
But, in the end, he ended up on the losing end and basically a slap across the face.
He will learn nothing, of course, in the broader sense, though I do hope he learns to follow the Federal Rules of Civil Evidence when he attends his mandated classes.
But if he is elected governor and I pray that he is not, I believe he will be another Sam Brownback.