Thursday’s radical, precedent-overturning, Supreme Court decision from the same old men who gave us George W. Bush will open elections to uncontrolled floods of corporate money, and is being crowed over all over right-wing media.It was a huge victory for former KVI talk host Floyd Brown, the evangelical Tacoman (University Place, actually) notorious for smutz campaigns against Democrats, famously at his apex with the Willie Horton ads that helped beat Dukakis in 1988.
It was his and Dave Bossie’s (another hard right operator) organization, Citizens United, who produced the Hillary Clinton hit movie (Hillary: The Movie) and wanted to spend corporate money to promote it. This judicially activist decision by the Bush court is Floyd's new apex: and as a cynical, far right activist, he should be proud.
(photo: Floyd Brown)
They won, and so did Republicans, and so the lobbies of big insurance, big healthcare, big oil, big meat, big agriculture, big media, big arms, big everything,... are now free to directly inject big money into any election, big or small. (Unions will benefit too, but the difference in pocket depth between labor and corporations is vast).
(We sure can't see how anyone who calls themself a libertarian could be happy with this green light for corporate-ized government, but bet your ass we won't be hearing any complaints from the tea-baggers, who claim to be libertarian but who are actually just right-wingers with funny hats).
Floyd couldn't raise much money or attract conservative big money in the 2008 elections (as did the Swift Boat attackers in 2004) to do his signature dirty deeds. He's been a little down in the heels, and under the radar. Expect that to change.
Floyd Brown has just been launched into the right-wing stratosphere. That's not good for America.