"Republican Rodent, Rick Lazio"
by The Cranky Media Guy
You really have to do some soul-searching to name as Weasel of
the Week someone running against Hillary Clinton.
Nevertheless, Rick Lazio qualifies. (Just for the record, this
doesn't mean that Hillary isn't of the species rodentia herself.)
Anyway, Lazio gets the nod this week because of his phony crusade
against "soft money". As you may know, this is money
not donated directly to a political campaign. Unlike
"hard money" contributions, which have controls on them,
soft money is the Wild Wild West of American politics. Any
group or organization can donate how ever much they want in soft
money, no limits.
Hillary and Lazio were debating the other day in Buffalo.
The issue of soft money came up and Lazio went for the
jugular. He left his podium--GASP!--and attempted to hand
Hillary a pledge to not accept soft money for the remainder of the
campaign. It got a lot of play in the news media the next day
and, like most things that get a lot of play in the news media, it
was straight off the floor of the horse barn.
I assume that Rick Lazio has heard of a guy named Tom
Delay. Delay is the Republican congressman who says that to
try to limit how much an individual or organization can contribute
to a campaign is an infringement of freedom of speech. I have
no idea how long it took Delay to come up with that idiotic
distortion of the intent of the First Amendment, but I guess it was
the best he could come up with to defend the indefensible.
Anyhoo, since it's the position of the Republican party that anyone
ought to be able to give as much as they want to any campaign,
what's all this horse manure Lazio's spreading about wanting to
limit soft money? Gee, do you think that this just might
have something to do with the fact that Hillary is kicking his ass
in terms of how much soft money she's raised? You want to look
me in the eye and say that Lazio would feel the same way if he
had the bulging bank account?
Secondly, the whole thing's moot anyway, 'cause there's nothing
either Hillary or Lazio can do about an outside group that decides
it wants to spend money to support or attack either one of
them. If I can slap together a Committee to Run Hillary Out
Of Town and raise money to run TV ads, who would have any
ability to stop me? If I was truly independent of the Lazio
campaign, I could do whatever I pleased. No ban on soft money
would have any effect on my crusade at all.
As usual, this attempt at "reform" by a political
candidate is hypocritical nonsense. If Hillary wasn't kicking
his skinny ass in the polls, Lazio wouldn't be on his high horse
about this at all. Oh, while I'm thinking of it, since the
election is over in early November, isn't mid-September pretty late
in the game to suddenly be raising the issue of fund-raising?
Like I said, Hillary certainly has her rodent-like qualities, but
this time around, Rick Lazio is the Weasel of the Week.
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