Saturday, June 30, 2007

Bad Week for McCain

A couple of of his pet causes went down in flames this week. The Immigration Bill he liked so much died from lack of support from Republican Conservetives. Those damn bloggers and talk radio shows.

The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) lead by Chief Justice Roberts killed McCain/Fiengold, otherwise known as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. The provision which was supposed to limit political ads from mentioning candidates names 30 days before a primary, and 60 days before a general election. The problem with this is that it is unconstitutional. One has to wonder why McCain couldn't understand this before he penned this awefull legislation. I think that Republican primary voter will understand this in 2008.

The first blow came Monday in FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life Inc., when the Roberts court struck down as unconstitutional a key provision of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. The offending provision banned certain broadcast political ads mentioning the names of specific candidates — i.e. incumbent congressmen — during the 60 days prior to a general election and 30 days before a primary balloting.

The chief justice noted in the decision that the First Amendment requires a strong presumption against official censorship of political speech. And in a refreshingly direct statement, Roberts threw out the idea that federal bureaucrats can constitutionally assess the propriety of political speech based on the speakers’ intent.

“Enough is enough,” Roberts said. We can almost hear the founding generation that gave us America saying “hear, hear!”

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