Attorney General Greg Abbott got spanked — twice — by federal judges in Washington. Once on the Voting Rights case reported above, and earlier in the week on redistricting, when the judges ruled that the maps passed by the Legislature for congressional and legislative races failed to protect minority voters. That won’t delay the elections, probably, since those are being conducted under interim maps approved by a separate set of federal judges. Among other things, the ruling exposed a weakness in the state’s strategy; Abbott went to the courts for preclearance under the Voting Rights Act instead of what he viewed as a hostile Department of Justice. He got the ruling he feared, but he got it more than a year after he asked. One consequence: that famous delay in the primaries.