Personally, I don’t have a problem with Sam Alito mouthing “not true” when Obama said the SCOTUS ruling could open the door to an influx of campaign money from foreign donors. If the president bitch-slapped me on national tv, I might mouth something too.
I do have a problem with the disingenuous right-wing push-back on this and with the fact that PolitiFact and Dana Milbank are carrying the right’s water about it. Josh Marshall makes a very good point about:
The president is clearly correct. And it’s only a highly tendentious argument that claims otherwise. But what stands out to me is how sensitive Republicans seem on this point — Alito included. This is an important tell.
I come from a long line of verbal sadists (though I don’t like to think of myself as one) and I know how the game is played — you prick, prick and when someone flinches, you know you’ve hit a nerve and you plunge the needle in as far as it will go.
The Republicans are flinching on the issue of foreign money in elections. Look for Bobo and chunky Bobo to start whining about the xenophobic implications of legislating this issue. That’s how you’ll know it really hurts Republicans.
If Democrats are smart, they’ll hit them so hard they’ll knock their clothes backwards like Kris Kross.