HIGHTOWER: The Darth Vader of Campaign-Finance Reform
It's Goober Time again -- time to give the Hightower "Gooberhead Award" to yet another public figure who's got his tongue going 100 miles an hour ... but forgot to put his brain in gear.Today's awardee is a repeat winner: Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky! Mitch is the Darth Vader of campaign finance reform -- a man whose mission in life is to smite any and all proposals that would even slightly slow down the gusher of corrupt corporate money that is poisoning American politics. So zealous is he that Sen. McConnell has lashed out at a group he would normally be playing kissy-face with: Corporate executives. He recently fired off angry letters to some 20 top executives of such companies as Xerox, General Motors, and Sara Lee.These execs are members of the Committee for Economic Development, a corporate policy group that is very conservative, like Mitch. But it seems that CED has done the unpardonable -- it has come out in support of a campaign-finance reform proposal -- a very limited, mild reform, but enough to drive McConnell crazy. Of course, that's a pretty short trip for him.The New York Times reports that Sen McConnell lambasted the wayward executives for trying to "eviscerate private sector participation in politics" and attempting to impose "anti-business speech controls." Uh ... Sen. Gooberhead, these people are the "private sector" ... they are "business." Nevermind all that, bellowed Darth Vader, who even scrawled at the bottom of one letter a notation, "I hope you will resign from CED."This is Jim Hightower saying ... What a Gooberhead. The implied message from this powerful senator is: Back off of any reform proposal, or kiss off getting any legislation you want from the Republican senate. Mitch McConnell's letter is a perfect example of why we have got to reform this whole corrupt process.