On my mind today:
Maybe Citizens United is actually a <em>GOOD</em> thing, insofar as it bleeds the Koch Bros. and Shel Adelson and Bob Murray and other multimillionaire idiots of hundreds of millions of their freely spent dollars, trying vainly and unsuccessfully to buy elections.
Sure, they have to lay off some of their employees after all that money they wasted (it’s a given they’ll blame that on Obama, rather than on their own stupidity). That’s a bad thing for those workers, surely, in the short term. But is it bad for this country in the long term?
So long as there’s a right-wing media that’s not reality based, and Tea Party organizations to flog the crazy and keep the energy level up, it’ll remain possible to trick dumb boobs who have more money than brains into believing the losers they put up for election have a chance/are ahead.
And people like Karl Rove will continue to collect and spend millions upon millions upon millions (like the $11 million he spent on George Allen) on loser candidates like ousted Reps. Allen West of Fla., and Joe Walsh of Illinois and others such as Richard Mourdock of Indiana, Todd Akin of Missouri and Josh Mandel of Ohio.
In other words, is it possible voters’ REACTION to right-wing crazy will get moderates and progressives further election-wise than the moderates and progressives could get themselves, if the RW didn’t exist?
In that case we ought to begin fielding a new crop of RW candidates right now, for the 2014 and 2016 elections. I’m taking nominations right now.
There’s a bit more coming about this at 1:30 p.m., in Your daily Letter to the Columnist.