Keith Olbermann hasn’t been informative or entertaining since he left ESPN. I confess that I agree with him more often than I like to admit — and I don’t like to admit it because he’s usually nasty about expressing his opinion.
And he’s a bit slow on the uptake. He seems to think that yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in the case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission will actually change things:
“Today, the Supreme Court of Chief Justice John Roberts, in a decision that might actually have more dire implications than Dred Scott v. Sanford, declared that because of the alchemy of its 19th century predecessors in deciding that corporations had all the rights of people, any restrictions on how these corporate beings spend their money on political advertising are unconstitutional.”
“In short, the First Amendment, free speech for persons, which went into effect in 1791, applies to corporations, which were not recognized as the equivalents of persons until 1886. In short, there are now no checks on the ability of corporations or unions or other giant aggregations of power to decide our elections. None.”
“They can spend all the money they want. And if they can spend all the money they want, sooner rather than later, they will implant the legislators of their choice in every office from president to head of the visiting nurse service. And if senators and congressmen and governors and mayors and councilmen and everyone in between are entirely beholden to the corporations for election and reelection to office, soon they will erase whatever checks there might still exist to just slow down the ability of corporations to decide the laws.”
On what planet has Mr. Olbermann been living these last 16 months? Bailouts for banks, insurance companies, auto makers, mortgage lenders, and unions, with a planned windfall for Big Pharma (unless the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts really did derail Obamacare), all of which were opposed by upwards of 60% of the American people.
If that isn’t evidence that the “legislators of choice” are already in office, then I don’t know what that evidence looks like.
McCain/Feingold didn’t put an end to corporate sponsorship of political candidates. It just forced corporations to hand out $200 checks to flunkies who in turn gave them to the corporations’ PACs of choice. You know, the way Hillary’s big fundraiser, Norman Hsu, did it.
It’s too late, Keith. The Supreme Court has only legalized was already is.