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February 03, 2010


Darren McKinney

Leaving aside the obvious fact that President Barack Obama hadn’t yet read the Citizens United decision before choosing to castigate on national television the Supreme Court majority that rendered it, I find grin-inducing irony in the scurrying by congressional Democrats to support the president’s Chicago-style cheap shot with newfound worries about foreign influence on American politics and policy.

After all, hasn’t it been Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and other one-world liberals who have persistently pressed judicial nominees in recent years to consider the legal opinions of foreign courts and other bodies when deciding cases here at home? And wasn’t it the Clinton machine that mired itself in the biggest foreign fundraising scandal in recent memory when it initially took illegal campaign contributions through James Riady’s Indonesian connection?

If Democrats want to avoid being taken for what the late J.D. Salinger would have called “phonies,” their behavior should more consistently match their (transparent) whining about foreign influence on our domestic politics.

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