Behind the pomp and circumstance of the conventions, you'll quickly discover unthinkable largess bestowed upon Republicans and Democrats alike in exchange for policies that are screwing just about everyone who doesn't happen to have a well-heeled lobbyist or Super PAC.
The U.S. Supreme Court conservative majority is in essence decreeing a return to the old system of political patronage, where corporations and their wealthy supporters elect our representatives, instead of ordinary citizens.
What happens with Montana's case will affect the entire country, not just Montana. Thus, the citizens of Montana and, indeed, all of us deserve to have the very best legal strategies put forth to win this case.
The Court now has an opportunity to undo some of the damage. It is considering a request to take up a case out of Montana that could clarify how much leeway the government has to regulate corrupting political money.
Many observers have blamed the Court's January 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission for supposedly turning on the corporate money-in-politics spigot. But even some members of the Court are questioning anew whether that was a mistake.