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A brilliant column by Nat Hentoff on the pernicious effects of and the undemocratic, elitist, motivation behind McCain-Feingold, recently upheld by the Supreme Court. The money quote:
“Last spring, I was at a conference of journalists in Boston discussing the Patriot Act, McCain-Feingold, and other issues. A reporter asked Democratic congressman Martin Meehan of Massachusetts, an especially aggressive supporter of the McCain-Feingold bill, why the time frame for forbidding issue ads was set at 30 and 60 days.
Logically, honestly, Meehan answered, “That’s when people are most interested in the elections!”
Indeed. The sorriest decision by the Supreme Court in a decade.