With the wording of his opinion in Williams-Yulee vs. Florida bar, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States has effectively told all the politicians in this land to sacrifice their judgment (if they have any) in just this way--but not to their constituents. Oh no.
We all know that those politicians who would gladly vote for "right to work" in Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan don't really care about workers' rights. Right to work takes away the workers democratic right decide what terms they want to negotiate into their contract.
If there is one thing we absolutely should not be doing, it's tinkering with our founding document to prevent groups like the ACLU (or even billionaires like Sheldon Adelson) from speaking freely about the central issues in our democracy.
Strengthening the civic education of the next generation of Americans through exercises in which students have to agree on controversial issues might help. But that will take time. And we can't afford to wait.
Durkee may be the Bernie Madoff of California Democrats, having allegedly embezzled from hundreds of campaign accounts. While it might be tempting to view this as an isolated case, the problem cuts much deeper.
The fault for the outrageous cost of a presidential campaign is certainly not with Obama. It just points up the bitter reality that politics is a hard, dirty, cash-soaked game, and those with the most cash will always have the edge.
If a for-profit wants to spend secretively, they can send their dollars through a non-profit who will do the spending for them. More than any election since Watergate, this midterm is looking like a win for obfuscation and loss for transparency.
Obama thundered he was the only candidate who didn't take a dime from Washington lobbyists. He hadn't taken a dime directly from them, but the favored few wealthy donors who don't have an L scribbled on their backside.