CAMPAIGN FUN….This New York Times article about campaign finance reform is hilarious. Honest. It’s the theater of the absurd: apparently McCain-Feingold requires all candidates to personally endorse their own ads:
The new regulation requires candidates to use their own voices to endorse their advertisements while their images are covering at least 80 percent of the television screen.
So you have to run the ad, and then at the end pop up to say, “Yep, this is my ad.” The intent is apparently to make it harder to run negative ads, but some observers are skeptical:
“You could say it in the context of another attack,” said Ken Goldstein, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin. ” ‘Snodgrass beats his wife and I approve this message because I really believe that my opponent really does beat his wife.’ “
Isn’t America great?