Spin Cycle

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Life in the American republic is more complicated -- and interesting -- than the usual categories of televised debate would lead you to believe.

One of the little ironies of today's US Supreme Court ruling blowing the lid off of campaign-finance restrictions is that the "conservative" jurists of the John Roberts court may have helped boost the influence of  labor unions -- traditionally identified in DC as part of the Democratic Party "left" -- along with big corporations, which may be thought to chafe at traditional economic populism.

Here we find some exultant reaction from the prominent, elite law firm Gibson Dunn. More "harsh attack ads" could result in Congressional races -- says this account -- which of course have a way of keeping ordinary citizens alienated from their political process.

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Curious that the "liberals" voted against the Roberts majority. Isn't it the liberals who are supposed to tout the First Amendment, like when Bloomberg's PD keeps anti-Iraq war protesters locked up during the Republican National Convention?