Friday, August 27, 2004Begging to Differ takes a detailed look at the President's stunning [not in a good way] plan to stifle free speech in political advertising:
Just read this and tell me that this doesn't deserve a gold medal in the 100 meter stupid hypocrite freestyle:[continue reading "Bush Seeks Judicial Activism to Overrule First Amendment"] Not good, friends and countrymen, when the Commander in Chief lassoes independent political dissenters into the "shadowy 527 group" hat, ready for a pre-emptive hogtie. Not good at all.President George W. Bush plans to seek a court order to force the U.S. Federal Election Commission to stop all political advertising by independent groups, said spokesman Scott McClellan.The sheer audacity of the whole thing is positively breathtaking. Let us count all of the ways in which this is incredibly stupid and hypocritical:
Bush asked Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, to help end advertising by political organizations known as 527 groups, named for the section of the Internal Revenue Service code that grants them tax-exempt status. McCain told the New York Times he disapproves of ads attacking Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, one of the 527 groups.
"The president said he wanted to work together to pursue court action to stop all activities by these shadowy 527 groups," McClellan told reporters on Air Force One en route to New Mexico."