Mark Tapscott (HT: Instapundit):
I don’t see how McCain could avoid being a vigorous supporter of proposals to expand the regulatory reach and severity of campaign finance law. Otherwise, it will take the Democrats about 10 seconds to accuse McCain of flip-flopping, or worse, if he doesn’t aggressively support their certain efforts to expand the FEC’s budget, staff and regulatory authority.
The inevitable result will be the expansion of congressional and bureaucratic regulation of political speech in America, likely beginning with bloggers. Absent an iron-clad promise to vigorously oppose any expansion of congressional or FEC regulatory authority in this area, it’s hard to see how John McCain’s ascension to the White House could be anything short of a disaster for freedom of political speech in this country.
That’s a real worry, but there’s every reason to believe that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would be just as interested in expanding the regulation of political speech. In short, it’s hard to see how 2009 and following “could be anything short of a disaster for freedom of political speech in this country” no matter which of the three is elected President.