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A late political consultant of local renown once told me I understood governing politics but not campaign politics.

John Brummett is blogging daily online.

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  • Nodmcm
    May 29, 2014 at 10:48 a.m.

    When the big money players finally figure out that they can "take the gloves off" as they prepare to buy government through campaign financing tactics, get ready to see the boundaries of libel and slander pushed to the extreme. Every lawyer running for office will be tarred and feathered with her worst client (as happened to a lawyer running for Supreme Court recently), every businessperson will be demeaned for taking profits at poor people's expense, and all candidates' personal enemies will be making their complaints publicly, on television. Anonymous campaign donation laws like Citizen's United make it easier to sling mud. On the bright side, it will likely take some awful abuses of the Citizens United case law to generate enough public revilement in order for a constitutional amendment to be seriously considered to reverse Citizens United and its legal progeny. So perhaps the best sentiment is, "Let's get on with it, so the cure will come sooner rather than later."

  • Populist
    May 29, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.

    Chesterfield is a sleazebag. I hope she loses.

    As Mark Twain said:

    “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.”

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    May 29, 2014 at 12:38 p.m.

    On Tuesday, June 3rd, the Senate Judiciary Committee will have a hearing on S.J. Res. 19 which would repeal the 1st amendment.

  • nwar
    May 29, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.

    DDDKA -- No it does not. It simply allows for campaign finance rules and states that corporations are not people. And, it has no legal effect. So you pretty much got it wrong all the way around. Do you really want this country totally and completely run by the rich? Rich conservatives, rich liberals, I don't care. Who in the world wants our Congress to be bought and paid for, like they are right now?

  • GrimReaper
    May 29, 2014 at 6:18 p.m.

    Pop, in my opinion most Democrat politicians are "sleazebags". Why, I'd vote for a yellow dog before I'd vote for a Democrat!

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    May 29, 2014 at 8:11 p.m.

    No legal effect? Then why are law makers having a meeting on the subject? WTF are you saying??