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When the ruling came down it was shocking. Unlimited, untraceable, unregulated money could flow directly into federal political campaigns.  Billionaires with agendas could blanket the airwaves with negative, false, and vile attacks against candidates without any rebuttals. The end of Democrats every getting elected nationally was done for.  Truly the end of democracy was in 2009.  Fast forward to today and you will find a very different story.

Candidates like Perry, Santorum, and Huntsman are still in the race despite getting destroyed in primaries.  Newt Gingrich continues his one-man wreaking crew of Mitt Romney unabated. The front-runner since time immemorial, Mitt Romney, still hasn't wrapped it up, and all because of Citizens United.  Today brings us a barrage of stories on the matter.  Sen. John McCain from 2000 comes out of hiding and calls it "one of the worst decisions I have ever seen".  A anti-Romney film made by an ex-Romney staffer was just bought at "auction" by Newt's PAC.  Finally, Politico ran a story about the three billionaires keeping the race going well beyond it's natural death.  Candidates who should be gone because of a lack of ad buy money can now stay in the race by the grace of millionaires and their SuperPACs.

     All of this is great news for President Obama and the Democratic party in 2012.  From this point out, every SuperPAC ad will be negative, attacking the conservative credentials of it's target just in time for the Southern Primaries.  If Romney makes it through to the nomination, it will be without the full-throated support of the conservative base, meaning very few volunteers and very little non-big donor money.  If Romney is able to be knocked off, none of the conservative candidates would stand a chance winning the moderate and independent vote.  That would not only kill their chance at a GOP victory, but it would weaken all the down ticket races. Senate and house seats in toss-up districts and states would be in play.  Governors and state legislature would be subject to the public opinion of their party nationally.  Not exactly what Citizen's United had in mind in 2009.

     Yes, Citizens United will destroy American democracy forever if not overturned, but for right now it is the greatest weapon the Democrats have.

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  •  Great minds think alike (1+ / 0-)
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    Passionate Policy

    It shows to go ya: great minds DO think alike

    I posted a different take on the activities of Super-PACs earlier today:

    And I enjoyed reading your take on the issue.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:19:27 AM PST

  •  Romney has so many billions and so many (1+ / 0-)
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    friends who have billions, that if he ends up as the nominee, Citizens United will still prove terrible for Dems, given the extra numbers of dogs of war his money and his friends' money can unleash.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:20:34 AM PST

  •  It's not detrimental to our cause... (2+ / 0-)
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    at this very moment, but it could be in the general election.  False and misleading ads can harm any campaign, it all depends on how believable they are.  

    But in this particular case, most people already have an opinion on Obama and some knowledge of his work, so ads are probably not going to sway their already standing opinions.  

    But at the same time, this is a travesty of democracy and hands down the most corrupt law ever passed down from the Supreme Court.

    •  Remember, to the other guys, Obama ads are (0+ / 0-)

      Remember, to the other guys, any ads run by Team Obama are false and misleading.

      Besides, how many ads of any sort you have ever seen are true and honest?

      Despite all those negative ads you have seen, you do not believe that Pres. Obama is a socialist out to destroy America.  How can that be?

      I suggest that a greater problem than the ads are poorly informed voters.  And that even the most informed voters may still vote tor Team Red.

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:42:47 AM PST

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      •  That's kind of the point... (0+ / 0-)

        anyone who pays attention and has thoughts of their own will not be fooled into believe Obama is a socialist (for example) or any other false advertising.  

        The root of the problem is that millions of people are so uninformed and/or gulliable, they believe anything that is said on TV because if it's on TV, well, by golly, it must be true.

        •  True. So is that really the fault of those who (0+ / 0-)

          True.  The vast majority of voters are poorly informed.

          And is that really the fault of those who run political campaigns or buy TV time for political ads?

          Perhaps no.  

          And perhaps yes.  Both the left and the right are perfectly happy to air lots of ads during a campaign.  Meanwhile the corporatocracy attacks public schools and teachers and repeatedly reducing funding for public education, thereby increasing the liklihood that voters will remain poorly informed.

          "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

          by Hugh Jim Bissell on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 01:30:11 PM PST

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  •  Punctuation Police here. (2+ / 0-)

    Drop the apostrophe. NOW.

  •  Speaking of unintended consequences (1+ / 0-)
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    Could anyone in the GOP have foreseen what has happened that has made an Obama victory in November a far more plausible possibility that even the wildest dreams of Democrats chould have imagined? Now the very Citizens United decision has enabled advertising that may well become the gift that keeps on giving to Democrats if Romney winds up the nominee.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

    by alaprst on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:28:53 AM PST

  •  It's Killing Us Everywhere Downticket (0+ / 0-)

    Nobody projects a Dem House and Senate but both going Republican is quite plausible.

    And in the states and thousands of localities it's obliterating our chances of building any kind of progressive farm team.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:32:24 AM PST

  •  "For Now" is the operative phrase. Once the (0+ / 0-)

    rightwing Klown Kar has finally left the station with its Bozo nominee, all those GOP superpacs combine and take aim at Pres. Obama.

    The good new is, presumably, he will have funds to fight fire with fire.  The bad news is,  Pres. Obama will use the funds to fight fair, while rightwingers will wallow in the mud to the very end.

  •  That a Las Vegas casino mogul could hijack a (0+ / 0-)

    national election is consistent with the Roberts 5's money laundering theory of speech. In their view when money is poured into a campaign it is transformed into speech, which the government has no power to suppress. If the Court strikes down proposed legislation to get money out of politics, the impeachment of the Roberts 5 could come to pass. The current GOP "debate" is an example of a speech bubble- on the model of other recent billionaire bubbles.  

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