Saturday, June 16, 2012
"The most misguided, naive, uninformed, egregious decision of the Supreme Court"
Finally a Republican calls a spade a spade. If any Republican is going to say what everyone else considers tragically obvious it is going to be John McCain. Thanks, John, for saying what seems so obvious that the need to say it reveals how distorted American political discourse has become.
He was being interviewed on The News Hour by Judy Woodruff and the problem of money in American politics came up. Here is that part of the interview.
Judy Woodruff: Is this … just inevitable that we're now in a period where money is going to be playing this dominant role in American politics?
I'm afraid, at least for the time being, that's going to be the case, because of the most misguided, naive, uninformed, egregious decision of the
Supreme Court I
think in the 21st century [i.e., the decision on Citizens United]. To somehow
view money as not having an effect on election, a corrupting effect on
election, flies in the face of reality. I just wish one of them had run for
county sheriff. . . . United States
You mean one of the justices?
One of the five Supreme Court justices that voted to invalidate what we know of as McCain-Feingold.
Look, I guarantee you, Judy, there will be scandals. There is too much money washing around political campaigns today. And it will take scandals, and then maybe we can have the Supreme Court go back and revisit this issue.
Remember, the Supreme Court rules on constitutionality. So just passing another law doesn't get it. So I'm afraid we're in for a very bleak period in American politics. You know, we all talk about -- and you just did -- about how much money is in the presidential campaign.
Suppose there's a Senate campaign in a small state, and 10 people get together and decided to contribute $10 million each. You think that wouldn't affect that Senate campaign?
This question of campaign money highlighted today by this -- the announcement that there's a huge amount of money coming in from one donor in the state of
Mr. Adelson, who gave large amounts of money to the Gingrich campaign. And much of Mr. Adelson's casino profits that go to him come from this casino in
Which says what?
Which says that, obviously, maybe in a roundabout way, foreign money is coming into an American campaign -- political campaigns.
Because of the profits at the casinos in
Yes. That is a great deal of money. And, again, we need a level playing field and we need to go back to the realization that Teddy Roosevelt had that we have to have a limit on the flow of money, and that corporations are not people. That's why we have different laws that govern corporations than govern individual citizens. And so to say that corporations are people, again, flies in the face of all the traditional Supreme Court decisions that we have made -- that have been made in the past.