From the Atlanta Journal Constitution today:
In a clear, straight-forward and constitutionally-based opinion , the US Supreme Court yesterday struck down a major portion of the 2002 “Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act” (more commonly referred to by the names of its two primary sponsors in the Senate, “McCain-Feingold”). The 5-4 majority opinion, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, voided the law’s ban on corporations paying for “electioneering communications,” such as movies, newspaper ads, and the like, that support or oppose candidates.
Senator Charles Schumer’s (DNY) response to the decision:
The Supreme Court has just predetermined the winners of next years elections. It won’t be Republicans, it won’t be Democrats, it will be corporate America.
Senator Schumer also pledged to hold hearings on how to craft new laws to circumvent the Supreme Court. That’s an American thing to do.
Charlie should be happy. The media industry is one of the largest employers in New York. All major television networks and advertising agencies are headquartered in New York City. Election advertisement spending by corporations, unions, non-profits and political advocacy groups will skyrocket before the 2010 elections. Advertising revenue will soar. Media companies will hire new workers. Advertising agencies will hire more workers.
This ruling is good for the economy. It will create jobs. Lots of jobs. In New York, and elsewhere.
So, what’s Charlie afraid of?
Charlie is like a cockroach in a New York City apartment. He feeds on table scraps and scurries around until you switch on the light. Then he runs for cover.
Scott Brown’s amazing election to become Senator from Massachusetts was the beginning of the end of Charlie Schumer’s career. Now, with unlimited spending, anti-Schumer groups will be free to shine the blazing light of truth on his abysmal career. He will run, scurrying under the refrigerator, but he can not hide.
Any viable fiscally conservative, socially moderate Republican will be able to defeat him in November’s election.
And, if New York is lucky, there will be two such Republican candidates, one to defeat Charlie, and one to defeat his passive sidekick Kirstin Gillibrand.
Imagine that, in one election New York can get rid of two Democratic Senators.
Charlie is afraid that he will become unemployed next November.
Not to worry Charlies, I’m sure some “progressive” think tank will hire you and you can pontificate in the ivory tower where you belong, feeding off of the table scraps of society.