It should come as no surprise that both President Barack Obama and the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, are eagerly positioning themselves as "friends of coal." But the truth is, neither man has a legitimate claim to the title.
Even after Election Day has passed, pressure has to continue on Congress, the IRS, the FCC and the Federal Elections Commission -- despite its current, weakened and feckless status. Dark money has to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the light.
Sadly, wisdom and fairness are hardly central to contemporary American political campaigns. If they were, the far more scurrilous Swift-boating of John Kerry in 2004 would have resulted in George W. Bush's defeat.