Governor Romney took dead aim at McCain-Feingold in a Townhall.com column today. Here’s a bit:
So who, other than lawyers trained in the intricacies of federal campaign law, has benefited from McCain-Feingold? Washington’s political class. Restricting political speech ultimately hurts those in the greatest need of political speech – challengers to incumbent politicians (thus the joke that McCain-Feingold should be called the “Incumbent Protection Act”). Do we really need Washington politicians doing themselves more favors to protect their jobs?
The topic is especially fitting today, as the Supreme Court heard arguments in an important free speech case involving pro-life activists in Wisconsin. The SCOTUSblog has a great round-up of the arguments. I especially liked Justice Anthony Kennedy’s response to an exchange between the Wisconsin Right to Life group’s lawyer, James Bopp, and Justice John Paul Stevens:
Under brief questioning from Justice John Paul Stevens, WRTL’s attorney argued that grass-roots groups want the right to speak out during campaigns in hopes of influencing even candidates that they can assume are not in harmony with those groups’ aims. “At least people should have the opportunity to engage in grassroots lobbying,” Bopp said, immediately drawing this approving comment from Justice Kennedy: “Is that called democracy?”
As you’ll recall, Mr. Bopp is a strong supporter of Gov. Romney’s candidacy.