Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Another win for the good guys

From The Washington Post:

The Supreme Court yesterday substantially weakened restrictions on the kinds of television ads that corporations and unions can finance in the days before an election, providing special interest groups with the opportunity for a far more expansive role in the 2008 elections.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the 5 to 4 decision, saying the McCain-Feingold campaign finance act's prohibition against the use of a candidate's name in such ads in the days before an election was an unconstitutional infringement on the groups' rights to advocate on issues.

"Discussion of issues cannot be suppressed simply because the issues may also be pertinent in an election," Roberts wrote. "Where the First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker, not the censor."

Unfortunately the Court did not simply rule all of McCain-Feingold unconstitutional, but this ruling effectively guts it and leaves the situation set up perfectly for follow up cases which will eradicate the last vestiges of evil lunatic John McCain's attempted repeal of the First Amendment.

John McCain comments on the Supreme Court ruling.