Today’s top story for blog-navel-gazers: CURRIE FOR CONGRESS: REPRESENTATIVE WATERS HAS FRIENDS IN AL JEZEERAH. Per Dean Esmay, one of the ‘sphere’s favorite milibloggers wants to unseat the Honorable Comrade Waters and is trying to blog his way to it.
I do think it’s hard, under Supreme Court precedents (e.g. Buckley vs. Valeo) to stop people from blogging in support of themselves. That’s their constitutional right. If all bloggers become candidates for something, then–say, President in the year 2028- does that free them all from any threatened McCain-Feingold regulation? Arguably everything they say about anything would be in furtherance of their future candidacies, after all. … I must be missing something. …
I assume Kaus is being coy — of course we’re all missing something: Can we possibly suggest that there is more of a constitutional right to speak on our own behalf than on someone else’s behalf? Think of the implications! (All of them! – ed.) No, I meant the constitutional implications. Free political speech can’t possibly be premised on the “sound of my own voice” exception — unless, of course, Congress and the Supreme Court or, for that matter, anyone in politics has any say in the matter.