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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

No More McCarthys

Christopher Hitchens, in a piece honoring Eugene McCarthy, writes how his presidential campaign began with an issue and a candidate and no money rather than a candidate with money looking for an issue. Then he writes in an aside:

(When one says "shoestring," by the way, one is forced to recall that the whole operation was essentially underwritten by a few ill-sorted but well-off individuals including, notably, Max Palevsky, Blair Clark, and Martin Peretz. Today's campaign-finance laws—or "reforms" as they are always described—make a similar undertaking extremely difficult, if not impossible.)

The progressives wanted the campaign finance law and John McCain provided one that does little to avoid corruption, makes people like George Soros de facto party leader and hinders the opening of elections to all comers. Anybody ever mention the terms stage-one thinking and unintended consequences?

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