Tales of Tadeusz

Friday, April 29, 2005

Senator John McCain's Reply

Let me excerpt a bit from the form letter the Senator sent me in reply to my determination to vote for Hillary Clinton before him. There's a post further down the page dealing with this.

...President Bush signed the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002...

--Or as its more commonly known the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Bill, but we're in the middle of spreading around the blame here--

...The Supreme Court, in McConnell v. FEC, upheld the constitutionality of key provisions of BCRA...

--Okay, I don't really blame Bush here. He's got a lot on his plate, and contrary to some people's belief, he can't do everything. You have to pick and choose your fights. But this is disapointing.

The Supremes, well, I am disappointed.

The Maverick goes on to say that the parties have thrived. I don't think the Dems have as Moveon.org has managed a partial Leveraged Buy-Out of their operation, but the Senator is a Republican so he can be forgiven for his inexactitude. But the parties are not the point. The point is free speech, and secondarily limiting the power of the major news orgs by letting other people blanket the airwaves as well.

"While BCRA has proven successful,..."

--Um, no it hasn't.

Then the Senator, as a good Republican goes on to slam very rich people. Oops, good Democrat...

Well actually, you can be a good R, and worry about the rich. But Free Speech is near absolute in my book, and if that means some really rich jerks get an unfair share of attention, then thats a pill to dry-swallow.

"Contrary to the opinions of those opposed to campaign finance reform, the 527 issue has nothing to do with BCRA."

I'm skeptical. I understood the 527's as a natural outgrowth of the Senator's ill-considered law. But then I could and have been wrong. This needs more research. Sigh.

The Senator goes on to claim that 527's are a result of the 1974 campaign finance reform, and the FEC's unwillingness to go after the 527's and make them register as political committees.

I'm still willing to vote for another Senator, Hillary Clinton, rather than the Maverick from Arizona for President.


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