These Talking Points Need Work

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Setting aside our tendency to disagree with nearly everything the Center for Competitive Politics says, it's hard to take their opposition to campaign finance regulation seriously when their founder, Bradley Smith, blames the McCain-Feingold law for the Rep. Mark Foley scandal. Bradley, it wasn't contribution limits Foley had trouble with it -- it was age limits.

According to Smith, nearly all the ills in national politics can be attributed to the contribution limits imposed by the McCain-Feingold law:

“Are we better off with McCain-Feingold?” Smith asks. If it were overturned, he adds, “that would put us in a system that existed before Jack Abramoff, William Jefferson, Bob Ney, Mark Foley and Ted Stevens. Those scandals happened during the McCain-Feingold era.”

Oh, one hardly knows where to begin. Though I suppose we could start by handing Mr. Smith a calendar which would show that Abramoff started up his influence peddling operation years before McCain-Feingold passed. Jefferson took bribes to facilitate business deals in Nigeria then hid the money in his freezer -- did McCain-Feingold address new bribery limits on politicians? Was it in a section I didn't read?


Or is Mr. Smith just throwing names of dirty politicians out there in the hopes of obscuring any weaknesses in his own argument?