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  •  Ummmm.....Now you see why I sometimes fail (0+ / 0-)

    to understand Progressives.

    I will simply refer you to Lawton Chiles in the 1970 Forida Gubernatorial campaign.

    Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

    by dinotrac on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 10:28:07 AM PDT

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    •  What does Chiles have to do with it? (0+ / 0-)

      He was already a state senator and a lawyer when he ran for governor - presumably he was as well-to-do as his opponent.

      Pulling a cute little publicity stunt like he did costs money, too.

      Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

      by milkbone on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 11:01:59 AM PDT

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      •  The thing is... (0+ / 0-)

        there are many ways to skin a cat.

        Your question's a straw man, anyway.
        Even without the Supreme Court ruling, how many poor people have you seen win office?

        For that matter, since when does money guarantee victory?

        Here in Illinois, Bill Foster beat the wealthy self-financing Jim Oberweis for Denny Hastert's old seat.  I was happy to vote for him, too. But...Bill Foster isn't exactly poor, either.

        Barack Obama is opting out of public financing because he has got oodles and oodles of money.  It's not his own, though.  He raised it from scads of small supporters.  Going into the primaries, Hillary had what seemed like an insurmountable financial lead, not to mention a personal fortune that she dipped into to keep her campaign going.

        Who's the nominee?

        In 1992, Ross Perot could have bought both Bill Clinton and George Bush several times over.  Who got elected?

        Even on the other side this year --
        very wealthy Mitt Romney got beat by campaign on a shoestring John McCain.

        If you're going to mess with something like the first amendment, you need a pretty strong argument.

        You haven't got one.

        Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

        by dinotrac on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 11:41:12 AM PDT

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