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Thursday, November 08, 2007

I don't understand this:

In a column about Fred Thompson, Robert Novak writes:
In April, I encountered broad support for Thompson among social conservatives, who were impressed by his 100 percent pro-life voting record in the Senate and found fault only with his support for the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill.
It's clear why business interests don't like regulations on campaign financing because they've got the money (and want to give a large sum from a single entity), but why would social conservatives feel that way? Is it because they have been told to oppose McCain-Feingold? What is the logic that connects, say, opposition to abortion with campaign finance law? Social conservatives aren't particularly rich, and aren't aching because they can only fork only a few thousand dollars to a candidate. What gives?



7 comments

Just how many social conservatives did Novak actually encounter in coming to his conclusions? Did the "broad" support come from, let's call her, Miss Jones?

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 11/08/2007 3:40 AM  

It's a restriction on political speech, and social conservatives don't believe in the suppression, regulation, or rationing of political speech.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 4:34 PM  

anonymous wrote, It's a restriction on political speech, and social conservatives don't believe in the suppression, regulation, or rationing of political speech.

Yes they do. They just don't like it when the government does it. But they're quite happy about it when private actors they favor do it.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/10/2007 12:29 AM  

I should add that they're quite happy when the government does it to folks they don't approve of.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/10/2007 12:29 AM  

anonymous #2 and anonymous #3: specific examples?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/10/2007 4:49 PM  

The other commenters shouldn't be silly, the "social conservatives" threw their lot in with the Republicans a long time ago. If the GOP nominee were to advocate break-dancing, you'd see break-dancing lessons offered in a few megachurches before the week ended.

I use that example because at the end of the last Cub Scout meeting at the sponsoring megachurch, the 1st graders started spinning around the linoleum floor on their backs. If you have to ask why, you don't know any 6 year old boys.

By Anonymous American Citizen, at 11/10/2007 9:03 PM  

This was covered somewhere else today - Atrios maybe. Groups like the NRA, pro-life etc do not like Mccain/Fiengold as they do not want any inhibitions to getting their message out.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/13/2007 3:52 PM  

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