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Former head of the Federal Election Commission, now a law professor at Capital University, talks with about how campaign finance laws punish political speech. And why John McCain won't shake Smith's hand. Approximately nine minutes.

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  • Paul||

    about how campaign finance laws punish political speech.

    But progressives say that's not true... so...

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    Stop blaming John McCain for being tortured by the Viet Cong. Everyone knows he can't brush his teeth, comb his hair, use a computer, or shake hands because those bastards twisted his arms.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Is it just me, or does he look like Mark McKinney?

  • Seward||

    From my POV the comment about supporters of "CFR" not giving up was the biggest take away point.

  • ||


    Maybe more like Mark and Dwight from The Office had some sort of horrible butt-baby.

  • Guy Montag||

    Another reason to leave the country, no matter who is elected!

    This list is getting pretty darn long.

  • Guy Montag||

    Did anybody else hear about the latest Sen. Biden quote about "jobs" being a three letter word?

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    Is it safe to say McCain didn't call Brad Smith "My friend"?

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    McCain calls people he hates "my friend" as well, especially people he hates.

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    Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

  • Mike Laursen||

    Last night, McCain came up with the line that right-wing talk radio will repeat endlessly about his loss: "... Obama has spent more money on negative ads than any candidate in history." Followed by a narrative about Obama not believing in campaign reform.

  • Mad Max||

    "Another reason to leave the country, no matter who is elected!"

    They may well ask you: "Where are you going to go, where are you going to run, where are you going to hide? Nowhere, because there's no one like you left."

  • John McCain||

    McCain calls people he hates "my friend" as well, especially people he hates.

    My friend, you suck.

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    Baked Penguin,

    I was thinking a young Czar Walters...

  • Paul||

    Can't believe McCain would call this guy a "bully, a coward" "and that he had no regard for the constitution".

    McCain must be defeated. Even though I know it won't have any effect on concepts of Campaing Finance Reform and public financing of elections, I can at least take solace that it's the repudiation of a major and powerful supporter of such schemes.

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    I realize that there are always two sides to the story and it is refreshing to hear the other side.
    I am amused that McCain was the one who rallied behind the "campaign finance reform" right up until it no longer worked for him. Reminds me of Willy Wonka - be sure what you wish for".
    At least now I can add the Clean Election Act to my brower alert list.


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