Wednesday, January 04, 2012
The Citizen's United Presidential election is officially underwayCharlie Pierce reminds us that the Iowa caucuses were the first official vote in the first post-Citizen's United Presidential election (Santorum's Demi-Victory Hangs the 2012 For-Sale Sign Esquire Politics Blog 01/04/2012):
The American political system is profoundly deformed. It is deformed by the now limitless power of unaccountable corporate money. (I would remind folks that, in 1972, unaccountable corporate money in a Republican campaign safe was what the Watergate scandal ultimately was all about.) Nothing that happened last night in any way changes that. The American political system is also deformed by the nearly limitless power of concocted narrative, reinforced by an elite political media locked into a self-contained, airless universe, and completely incapable of recognizing a luxurious farce even when there right in the middle of it. For six months, we have heard from the more polite precincts of this universe that the Republican field is made up of second-raters. (Politico, The Daily Racing Form of that universe, ran a piece only just yesterday saying exactly that.) Rick Santorum's sudden ability to garner 25 percent of the Republican caucus voters in Iowa last night doesn't change that simply because it happened. When that unaccountable corporate money is the silent engine behind the creation and maintenance of concocted narrative, the system cannot prevail left to its own devices.And if I haven't linked to it before, Tim Dickinson did a long piece for Rolling Stone last year on How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich 11/09/2011:
"It's a vicious circle," says [Nobel laureate economist Joe] Stiglitz. "The rich are using their money to secure tax provisions to let them get richer still. Rather than investing in new technology or R&D, the rich get a better return by investing in Washington."Tags: 2012 election, citizens united decision, republican party
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