Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Does money buy elections? We'll see this year. Already tens of millions have been spent in communications and organization just to win the Republican nomination -- and the result is far from clear. Money buys speech, but it doesn't purchase votes in an honest election. If it did, Romney would be the nominee for the Republican party, and Newt Gingrich would be running a close second. There are too many elements involved in campaigning to assign winners and losers on the basis of money alone. The candidate ultimately is the most important factor. If voters don't like the candidate, no matter how much money the candidate spends won't be enough. There is much braying about money in politics. Perhaps it is too loud, and the Supreme Court is right. Let each side have as many megaphones as are affordable and concentrate on keeping elections honest. Like jurors at a trial, the people will decide no matter how brilliant the lawyer's pleading.