A. Barton Hinkle on Democrats' Hypocritical Embrace of Super PACs


It's a safe bet that when many Democrats heard a new super-PAC had been created last week to help Virginia senatorial candidate Tim Kaine, they chalked it up to circumstances: A super-PAC supporting Kaine's likely GOP opponent, George Allen, had just been unveiled. So Kaine was simply fighting fire with fireā€”just like President Obama, who also overcame his scruples and urged supporters to contribute to Priorities USA, a super-PAC started by two former Obama aides. In truth, writes A. Barton Hinkle, there is nothing particularly nefarious about super-PACs, which are simply incorporated entities formed to influence elections.