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The Anti-Kerry, Anti-CFR Ad
Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 27 Oct., 2004 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)

Posted on 10/27/2004 2:11:45 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob

Edited on 11/01/2004 9:28:12 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Most of you know my contempt for the new campaign finance “reform” act, because it violates the First Amendment. Most of you know my low opinions of John Kerry, dating back to dealing with him in college. I have shot a 60-second TV commercial addressing both these subjects. Now I need your help in getting that ad on the air.

To backtrack a bit: The McCain-Feingold Act (campaign finance “reform”) has one specially odious provision. It tells citizens and groups of citizens they cannot run TV commercials that “name or show a federal candidate” within 60 days of a general election, or 30 days of a primary. The ban applies unless such citizens place themselves under the jurisdiction and control of the Federal Election Commission.

In my opinion, this is a frontal assault on the free speech rights of ordinary Americans. At one time, the Supreme Court agreed. In , 1957, the Court held that political free speech was the most important of all, because without political free speech, the fairness of elections would be threatened. And without free and fair elections, all other rights of Americans would also be threatened.

I cited the Sweezy case in my last brief in the Supreme Court, in McConnell v. FEC. That was the test case on campaign finance “reform,” decided in December, 2003. To my deep regret, five Justices voted to uphold the ad ban in the law. Four Justices filed a stiff dissent, saying exactly what I had argued, that the ban savaged the First Amendment.

But that is not the end of it. All constitutional reviews of any law has two steps. The first is to determine whether the law is unconstitutional “on its face.” The second challenge is based on the facts of an actual case. It determines whether the law is unconstitutional “as applied.” One purpose of my ad is to create a test case that might go to the Supreme Court on the campaign law “as applied.”

The meat of my ad discusses what I observed about John Kerry at Yale. He was an arrogant, self-centered, social climber. Several times I debated on behalf of the Conservative Party of the Yale Political Union, against John Kerry’s Liberal Party. In those debates, the good guys (that means us) usually won. But the new law says I cannot run a commercial that says that, within 60 days of the election.

Below is the shooting script for this ad. Also included is a click link for three versions of the ad. The short version is for those with dial-up access. The full version links should only be used by those with broadband, because otherwise it will take forever to download. Trust me, I tried it.

Any reader is welcome to take down and use or distribute as they choose any copy of this ad on the Net or anywhere else (as long as it is used in full with no censorship). That’s all well and good. But the key point, the reason for this plea, is to get the ad broadcast.

I deliberately said not a word in the ad about my possible plans to run for Congress in the 11th District of North Carolina, in 2006. (That depends on the outcome of the 2004 election, and sufficient volunteers and fund-raising.) The content of the ad is two subjects – John Kerry’s inadequacies, and the assault on the First Amendment by the new law. Both of these are national subjects, not local. They are exactly the same in Nevada, New Jersey or New Mexico, as in North Carolina.

So I request everyone who has any kind of solid contact with the broadcast industry to take what steps you can to get this broadcast. It can be UHF or VHF. It can be independent, or part of any network or group. I have contacted all five of the broadcast stations that serve western NC, one located here, and the others across the border in upstate South Carolina.

Four of the five have said no to the ad. In each case, the lawyers for the station agreed that the ad puts my neck on the line, but pose no risk to the station itself. All agreed that the ad is “interesting” or “challenging” or “better than most political ads.” But all agreed that the ad was “too controversial.”

Plan A was to run the ad on the one station based in Asheville. It is too crowded with “must carry” ads (ads by current candidates that stations must carry and cannot censor). The South Carolina stations are Plan B. All have time available, but three have said no. The last one might say no as well. Plan C is this request addressed to my friends and associates on the Net.

To do its intended job, this ad needs to be broadcast somewhere, and fast. So I ask all who would like to help, to wrack your brains and patrol your Rolodexes. Use any contact you have to find one TV station somewhere in the US which will run this ad. (Practical matter: I stand ready, of course, pay the full cost up front before the ad runs.)

Do what you can, and get back to me on the Net or by e-mail. Time is of the essence.

Here is the shooting script (the click links are at the end):

Text for Anti-CFR Ad to Run on Broadcast TV

[Shot at home. 80-mile view of Blue Ridge Mountains in background.]

I'm John Armor -- and this ad may be illegal. Small gifts paid for it.

I’ve known John Kerry 41 years. When he joined the Yale Political Union, I was an officer and veteran debater. Here's what I saw:

Kerry was arrogant. He thought we must believe him, because HE was John Kerry

[Show photo of Kerry in his shaggy-hair mode before Congress in 1971. Photo dissolves into Kerry pointing with his bony finger of doom, today. Give captions for both photos – John Kerry, Senate “war-crimes” testimony, 1971 – John Kerry, campaigning for President, 2004]

How has he changed? More money, more wrinkles, more arrogance. But still self-centered. Should such a man command the American military -- in time of war?

What makes this ad illegal? A divided Supreme Court approved the campaign finance “reform” act. [Use gestures for quote marks.]

It says we can’t broadcast ads that name a federal candidate, 60 days before an election. But that’s EXACTLY when we want to talk about candidates. I'm doing that. If the feds don't like it, they can find me here:

[Displayed on screen to end of ad:

www.ArmorforCongress.com

Box 243, Highlands, NC 28741]

I'm John Armor. I not only approve this ad, I wrote every word of it.

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This link should take you to the short version. Click links on this page allow you to receive two, larger versions of the ad which should NOT be used by anyone lacking broadband access.

e-mail: CongressmanBillybob@earthlink.net

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TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: adban; anticfr; broadcast; campaignfinance; firstamendment; johnkerry; mccainfeingold; napalminthemorning; politicalunion; yale
Those who read this, please ping it out far and wide. Time is of the essence.
1 posted on 10/27/2004 2:11:46 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT


2 posted on 10/27/2004 2:17:23 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: Constitution Day; TaxRelief; mhking; JohnHuang2; All
First order of business is to correct the link from the above article (couldn't test in draft form). This is the link for all three versions of the download for this ad.

Second, I ask that all who read this, please refer it to any ping list you are in. I hope most of the Ping Masters on FR will decide this is of interest and get the word out. It's not only important that as many people see this as possible, it is also important that they see it as SOON as possible.

John / Billybob

3 posted on 10/27/2004 2:19:32 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

No link! Just get the "doesn't exist on this server" message.


4 posted on 10/27/2004 2:20:36 PM PDT by jim35 ("I swear upon the altar of God, eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.")
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To: Congressman Billybob

Great ad, but CFR aside, I don't think you have enough time to put it on air before next Tuesday.


5 posted on 10/27/2004 2:22:27 PM PDT by silent_jonny (I voted on October 26, 2004---GO BUSH, BURR, BALLANTINE!)
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To: admin
The link at the end of the article is defective. The link in my response #3 does work. Can you dump the bad one, and replace with the good one? (I did try to check the link's functionality in the draft form before posting, but on articles it doesn't allow that.)

John

6 posted on 10/27/2004 2:27:04 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Ok, got the link now. Bad news though, even for broadband users (my cable modem will download at 3000 Kbps, T1 speed), it's a mega-slow download. Don't try watching live... it's an hour-long download, at around 6-7 KBps max speed from this server.


7 posted on 10/27/2004 2:27:11 PM PDT by jim35 ("I swear upon the altar of God, eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.")
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To: jim35

See link in post #3. John


8 posted on 10/27/2004 2:28:00 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: silent_jonny
Plenty of time. My production company can deliver the ad ready to go, to any station in the nation, immediately. I can pay in full with my Platinum card, so the station is paid in advance -- as always required for political ads.

So, yes, it CAN be done.

John / Billybob

9 posted on 10/27/2004 2:30:06 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

If you're making a point of the ad not mentioning your possible run for Congress, you need to quickly get another website address (even if it's just one that immediately redirects to the existing one). www.ArmorforCongress.com is pretty plain about your future plans.


10 posted on 10/27/2004 2:30:24 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker (Donate to the Swift Vets -- www.swiftvets.com)
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To: jim35; All
Use the smallest version of the downlink. Even on my wood-burning dial-up access, the smallest version comes down in about 90 seconds -- in background if you want, just let it run. And the small version is surprisingly clear on the screen. It's not herky jerky.

John

11 posted on 10/27/2004 2:32:17 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Amen to all of the above!

Only of tangential relevance, but, using Title 10, Section 311 of the United States Code as the model, what are the odds of getting the entire country declared a "free speech zone" so we can get rid of those odious cages?


12 posted on 10/27/2004 2:40:57 PM PDT by uberPatriot
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To: GovernmentShrinker
I thought about the point you raise. However, the first thing on that website on the upper left with a big headline, makes the situation clear. It says that I MIGHT be running, depending on realistic considerations.

I'm not hiding my situation by any means. There is a hotly contested race here, right now, between Taylor (the longtime incumbent) and Keever (the liberal Democrat). Obviously, which one is the target has a lot to do with my thinking.

Second, as I set out in chapter and verse on my website, one of my book was on reelection of incumbents to Congress. I have a very clear idea of the minimum funds and volunteers needed for a creditable campaign. I'm not into hopeless efforts. If it's not realistic, I ain't gonna do it.

I considered the idea of using a neutral e-mail address. I concluded that would be like I was trying to hide something. Didn't want to give that impression. Right or wrong, that's what I considered.

John

13 posted on 10/27/2004 2:44:22 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Oh, PLEASE do not use the "quotation marks" gesture! It let's people take you less seriously.


14 posted on 10/27/2004 3:15:37 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: Congressman Billybob

I didn't realize you had your own production company. In that case, go for it!


15 posted on 10/27/2004 3:25:34 PM PDT by silent_jonny (I voted on October 26, 2004---GO BUSH, BURR, BALLANTINE!)
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To: silent_jonny
I don't have my own production company. I have some able folks who are, temporarily, in my employ. LOL.

John

16 posted on 10/27/2004 3:51:27 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Teacher317
To late to change anything, including the "quotation" marks. I went through the tortures of the damned to get this ad to the point where it is, today.

John

17 posted on 10/27/2004 3:53:10 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

You know you have my support 100%, and all of our appreciation. CFR has to be trounced. You are doing great work, and I hope your name will be held in high esteem in future law school texts.


18 posted on 10/27/2004 4:02:28 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: Congressman Billybob; Spiff

Spiff, are you still able to work miracles?


19 posted on 10/27/2004 4:04:25 PM PDT by HiJinx (Support Our Troops! www.ProudPatriots.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob

You need to post this again because it didn't get the attention it deserves. A post this evening for the night crowd and a repost in the morning for the morning crowd would be good.


20 posted on 10/27/2004 4:05:45 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: Howlin

Hey, you know a lot of people. Can you get some attention on this thread for Congressman Billybob?


21 posted on 10/27/2004 4:07:56 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

South Carolina Ping List

Click Here if you want to be added to or removed from this list.

A big ole South Carolina BUMP to you John!

Posted by upchuck, trying to live up to the Swampmeister's standards for a week or so.

22 posted on 10/27/2004 5:35:53 PM PDT by upchuck (Pajamas? I don' need no steenking pajamas!!)
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To: upchuck; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; AJ Insider; AlligatorEyes; ...

Accckkkkk! I left off the FReeper name list.


23 posted on 10/27/2004 5:37:44 PM PDT by upchuck (Pajamas? I don' need no steenking pajamas!!)
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To: Congressman Billybob; upchuck

Thanks for the ping, upchuck.

A great job as usual, Congressman.


24 posted on 10/27/2004 5:40:14 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed)
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To: Peach; Congressman Billybob; All

Kids,

Stand by. By midnight EDT there should be other versions of the ad posted -- all have the same content but some may better suit narrow bandwidths.

DON'T download the 22MB file -- it's interlaced video for TV. If you wasted time on that, sorry.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F


25 posted on 10/27/2004 7:24:45 PM PDT by Criminal Number 18F
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To: Congressman Billybob

Good ad!

I don't remember Kerry from back then, but I remember Calvin Hill!


26 posted on 10/27/2004 8:54:39 PM PDT by Redbob (Pierson College, class of '69)
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To: Redbob
There's a story about Calvin Hill that is personal with me. I went to the Gilman School, a strong preparatory school in Baltimore. The Headmaster when I was there was Henry Callard, a deeply principled and highly respected man,

After the decision in Brown v. Board of Education he did something of great courage. That decision, of course, did nothing to integrate private schools. Henry Callard went to the Board and said, "I am going to integrate Gilman. And if the Board doesn't approve that, it can have my resignation."

Instead, some of the Board resigned. Callard stayed. My school changed. And one of the first students who came in was Calvin Hill. Later, his son Grant Hill also attended. Callard's example of principle and courage has remained with me all my life.

Congressman Billybob

Click for latest, "The Anti-Kerry, Anti-CFR Ad"

27 posted on 10/27/2004 9:10:17 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT


28 posted on 10/28/2004 8:06:24 AM PDT by ssaftler (I'm John Kerry and I approve thizzzzzzzzzzz...............)
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To: Valin

Ping


29 posted on 10/28/2004 11:11:12 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; alisasny; AnnaSASsyFR; Angelwood; aristeides; Askel5; basil; bayliving; ..

If there is a cause worth sticking your neck out for, this is the one! If you don't have media contacts, contribute money. I did.


30 posted on 10/28/2004 12:43:28 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Deport 'em all; let Fox sort 'em out!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

=== If there is a cause worth sticking your neck out for, this is the one!


CFR??


31 posted on 10/28/2004 12:55:19 PM PDT by Askel5 ( Cooperatio voluntaria ad suicidium est legi morali contraria. )
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POP QUIZ:

Name the President [X] and the Bill [Y] to which the following Washington Post quote refers:



[X] did make one lighthearted reference to domestic matters today. Asked whether he would "reluctantly or wholeheartedly" sign new [Y] legislation, given his criticism of the bill, [X] said,

"It will be a signature. I won't hesitate. It will probably take about, you know, about three seconds to get to the '[Middle Initial]' I may hesitate on the period, and then rip through the '[Surname]' "



(Oh, please don't kill him ... this Strict Constitutionalist was just kidding. Kinda.)

ANSWER KEY


32 posted on 10/28/2004 1:20:26 PM PDT by Askel5 ( Cooperatio voluntaria ad suicidium est legi morali contraria. )
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To: RiflemanSharpe; Lazamataz; proud American in Canada; backhoe; jmc813; rep-always; ...

CFR Ping list bump


33 posted on 10/28/2004 7:50:06 PM PDT by Valin (Out Of My Mind; Back In Five Minutes)
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To: Valin

Thanks for the flag.


34 posted on 10/29/2004 5:31:00 AM PDT by The_Eaglet (Conservative chat on IRC: http://searchirc.com/search.php?F=exact&T=chan&N=33&I=conservative)
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To: Congressman Billybob

John, you rock!


35 posted on 10/29/2004 9:07:19 AM PDT by mhking
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

36 posted on 10/29/2004 9:07:47 AM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking

Gonna be a busy weekend, isn't it?


37 posted on 10/29/2004 9:11:58 AM PDT by Jaded ((Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. - Mark Twain))
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To: Congressman Billybob
Oh, John, I've posted a piece regarding your ad on my blog, as well.
38 posted on 10/29/2004 9:18:54 AM PDT by mhking
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To: Jaded
Gonna be a busy weekend, isn't it?

Indeed.

39 posted on 10/29/2004 9:19:13 AM PDT by mhking
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT


40 posted on 10/29/2004 9:57:55 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Valin

Great ad--hope it can be broadcast in time!

BTTT


41 posted on 10/29/2004 11:00:19 AM PDT by Smile-n-Win (When dealing with tyrants, a "peaceful solution" must only be considered as the very last resort.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Pinging for an update. Have you been able to find someone to air the ad?


42 posted on 10/31/2004 6:22:37 PM PST by kayak (Have you prayed for your President today?)
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To: kayak
Here's the update you requested.

The only good opportunity seems to be in Hawaii. A good friend who's a former member of its legislature and a businessman there, told me that time might be available in Hawaii.

In order to stick a thumb in the eye of the FEC, the ad needs to run by 11 a.m. Eastern, on the 3rd. That's when the polls close in Hawaii, and the 2004 election is over. I'll put up a notice when/if I have slots for the ad on air.

Billybob

43 posted on 10/31/2004 6:33:03 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Here's hoping ... !!!

It will be a privilege to send bail money for you ... ;-)

44 posted on 10/31/2004 6:46:21 PM PST by kayak (Have you prayed for your President today?)
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To: kayak

The FEC, to the best of my knowledge, has never sought to send anyone to jail, not even Lyndon LaRouche. So, I'm only looking at harrassment and fines. LOL.

John


45 posted on 10/31/2004 7:42:13 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Askel5

It's short for Campaign Finance Reform Law.

John


46 posted on 10/31/2004 7:44:38 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

What if the FEC yawns? Will you sue yourself? :-)


47 posted on 11/01/2004 11:06:53 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Whether or not I can generate the test case to go to the Supreme Court, someone will do that for sure. There are always two tests of constitutionality on a law -- on its face (already decided, 5-4), and as applied (yet to come). I guar-on-damn-tee that even as we speak, First Amendment lawyers are planning on the second assault on McCain-Feingold in the courts.

Even if I am irrelevant to the case, that case WILL arise. And it WILL go all the way to the US Supreme Court. (And, by the time it gets there, the Court may have two or three new Justices, so it is not preordained that the law will be upheld).

Billybob

48 posted on 11/02/2004 12:03:34 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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