Thursday, January 21, 2016
Campaign finance reform -- without the need for a law
If the election were held today -- we'd still be stuck with Obama for another 365 days (2016 is a leap year), but that election would be between Bernie and The Donald. Brooklyn versus Queens. Daily News versus the New York Post. 19th century versus the 21st.
If nominated, their nominations would show the rank-and-file of both parties are pissed. Obamacare is the reason. Democrats because it wasn't free, and Republicans because it wasn't repealed.
Part of the charm of Sanders and Trump is that they were not accepting bribes from fat cats. Until recently, neither accepted big donations, but Bernie Sanders is now accepting -- and likely seeking -- money from the elites. But Trump will be self-financed for a while longer. That is part of their appeal. Americans want a president who is beholden to no one.
Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of dollars backing Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton likely went down the drain as Karl Rove, James Carville and the other experts from the distant past continue to use 20th century weapons to wage a 21st century political battle.
For 42 years since the campaign reform of 1974 -- also known as the Incumbent Protection Act --- Washington has promised campaign finance reform. Obama has raised and spent $1.6 billion to be elected and re-elected.
What Congress cannot do, the people may be doing this year. Money talks. This year, voters ain't listening. That;s the real reform. PACs can buy all the ads they want for Jeb and Hillary. Doesn't mean we have to vote for them.
And that is the real reform. No one's rights are truncated. You have the right to free speech, it is just no one has to pay you any heed.