When the effort to reform campaign financing was underway, I warned everybodyit would weaken Republicans’ ability to freely speak to voters. I also predicted it would not take the money out of politics, it wouldmerely redirect it — andall that has happened.
Now there’s another effort underway aimed at restricting campaign speech. It’s the ad produced by the North Carolina Republican Party questioning the judgment of two Democrats running for governor whosupportObama. The ad uses clips of Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright to illustrate the extreme liberalism of Democrats. This has been deemed too “inflammatory” by two North Carolina Drive-By TV stations in Raleigh and Charlotte.
SenatorMcCain, of course, has denounced the ad — and a few weak-kneed Republicans, apparently trying to curry favor, have joined the condemnation.
Now, for over 40 years, conservatives have been accused of horrible things:starving kids, hurting the elderly, racism, sexism– you name it. These liberal themes are part of the Drive-By narrative. Liberal groups run ads all season long,always on the attack.
Yet whenever Republicans raise a sharp,
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