The Club for Growth thinks so.
McCain-Feingold turned five years old today, and the political process is not one iota better than it was before John McCain launched his crusade on the political stage. In honor of its five-year anniversary, the Club for Growth denounced the McCain-Feingold legislation as an unconscionable abridgement of the First Amendment right to political free speech, conjuring up the likes of the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798.
And so does Sam Brownback.
“It is our sincere hope that in five years time, McCain-Feingold will be nothing more than a blemish on the history books,” Mr. Toomey continued. “Already, several declared and potential presidential candidates have come forward to express either their strong opposition to McCain-Feingold or their support for its repeal. These are former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. We strongly encourage Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Fred Thompson, all other Republican candidates, and the entire slate of Democratic candidates to come forward soon with similar proclamations.”
Naturally, John McCain disagrees.
John McCain has defended his trampling of the First Amendment as a small price to pay for cleaning up the political process and restoring America’s faith in government. This defense is as frightening today as it was five years ago. It is also patently wrong.
The straight talk express is apparently still on the wrong track.
Update: McCain flip-flop?
Today I announce that I have reversed my position and come out in full support of gay marriage…particularly marriage between two passionate females.
OK, not really. It was a prank. But I thought it was funny. Maybe he’ll retaliate with more freedom of speech crushing McCain-Feingold style laws. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit.
Update 2: Sisyphus weighs in with Ha ha, McCain!
Update 3: To all those swooning over flavor-of-the-month Fred Thompson: he happily voted for McCain-Feingold. Drop dead, Fred! (NOTE: This is a pop-culture reference to a movie title. B4B wishes Fred Thompson all the best whether or not he officially seeks the GOP nomination.)
Update 4: California Yankee digs up this gem for fans of Fred Thompson:
“If McCain-Feingold passes, it will not have happened if it weren’t for Fred Thompson,” said McCain’s chief of staff, Mark Salter, on Wednesday evening.