A good day for the Consatitution!
The court, split 5-4, upheld an appeals court ruling that an anti-abortion group should have been allowed to air ads during the final two months before the 2004 elections. The law unreasonably limits speech and violates the group’s First Amendment rights, the court said.
The Chief, not having had his brains sucked out by a law school, could never understand limiting political speech before an election….I mean, there IS the bit in the Constitution about “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech…”, although Sen. John (Manchurian Candidate)McCainiac seemed to forget this basic fact.
Predictably enough, he’s not especially a happy camper about this ruling.
Sen. John McCain (
R-AZ.) (RINO-AZ)on Monday called the Supreme Courtâ€™s decision to weaken part of his campaign finance law â€œregrettable.â€
How cruel of the Supremes to remember the Constitution actually is still there in spite of McCain’s Olympian determination of what’s REALLY best for us.
Others (besides the Chief) do not share his view of this:
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, one of McCainâ€™s main rivals for the GOP nomination, was quick to seize on the decision and made sure that voters knew it was a provision in the Arizona senatorâ€™s law that was struck down.
â€œScore one for free speech,â€ Romney said. â€œToday the Supreme Court reaffirmed the First Amendment by rejecting a key feature of McCain-Feingold. The law trampled the basic right of the American people to participate in their democracy. It also purported to reduce the influence of money in politics, but we now know that influence is greater than ever.
â€œMcCain-Feingold was a poorly crafted bill,â€ Romney added. â€œTodayâ€™s decision restores, in part, to the American people a right critical to their freedom of political participation and expression.â€