‘Reformer’ Aims at ‘Corruption,’ Shoots Self

Over the next several days, most of the 2008 candidates for President will be announcing their fundraising totals. Yesterday, Senator McCain announced his campaign’s take for the 2nd quarter, and the news was not good.

Not only is his total (about $11.2 million) expected to trail Mayor Giuliani and Governor Romney, his cash-on-hand is a very low $2 million. McCain’s campaign manager announced a restructuring that involves laying off scores of staffers, perhaps more than half.

But, McCain is not the first candidate to find himself in this situation. In 2004, another U.S. Senator running for President, who is also a Vietnam vet and was the early favorite to win the nomination, found his campaign floundering. Funds were short, and many people were writing off his candidacy.

To read how this candidate saved his campaign click the headline.

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Spinning Failure

Growing up, I occasionally thought I might try to get into writing satire. I was an avid reader of Mad Magazine, and thought being a writer for them, Saturday Night Live, or some similar production might be fun.

I bring this up because it just became clear to me that I wouldn’t have stood a chance as a satire writer, not given the amount of talent out there. Some minds are able to look at one set of facts, or a given situation, and come up with a completely off-the-wall, bizarre, and hysterical scenario or interpretation that leaves people in stitches. Think of the folks that wrote Wedding Crashers. No way I could compete with that sort of satirical and hilarious writing.

Or, a bit closer to home, this GEM.

This is the report of the Eagleton Institute of Politics on New Jersey’s experiment with government financing for state legislative races. The report is satire at it’s best – I don’t think that in my wildest and most unhinged writings I could have written a report with 18 key findings, categorized as follows:

Finding 1 states the experiment was a success and should be continued (they know it was a success because the candidates who got government money said it was a success).

Findings 2-14 document the problems and failings of the program, such as being too bureaucratic, penalizing candidates who fail to get government money, and generally being cumbersome and difficult for candidates.

Findings 15-18 explain continued need to fund the program and keep in place the bureaucracy that runs it.

Priceless stuff, Lorne Michaels and William Gaines have nothing on these guys!

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The latest effort to stifle political speech

For those of you following the attempt to suppress talk show hosts by reviving the so-called “Fairness Doctrine,” the Center for American Progress (CAP), along with a group called Free Press, has released a report claiming to show the need for clamping down on dissent from liberal orthodoxy on the nation’s airwaves.

The report actually does an impressive job of documenting the obvious, namely that conservative talk show hosts are far more prevalent than liberals on talk radio. Beyond that, it’s a mix of errors, unsupported claims, conjecture, ill-thought-out statements, and ultimately a call for letting government bureaucrats decide who you should be allowed to listen to on the radio (all in the public’s interest, of course).

For those of you willing to slog through the report (about 30 pages, but 10 of those are just lists of stations thrown in to make the report look impressive and well researched), you can find it HERE.

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.