Bataan twirling

No, we don’t need two dozen Presidential candidates a year and a half before the actual election. But we really have no choice in the matter:

The problem with trying to limit the length of presidential (or any) electoral campaigns is that we have that pesky Constitution, in the form of the First Amendment.

If it’s (say) a week before Thanksgiving and someone says, “When I’m president, I will …”, telling someone that “You’re not allowed to say that yet” would result in you getting your pee-pee severely whacked by the courts, and deservedly so.

The Brits get away with their 60-day election campaigns by simply banning election speeches and so on before the start date. Try doing that in the U.S. of A., and a shit-storm will ensue.

It might even be a bigger storm than the actual campaign, which for 2020 promises to leave no fan untouched by fecal matter,


  1. fillyjonk »

    12 July 2019 · 8:13 am

    I expect the campaigning will just get worse, that we’ll see people prepping for 2024 in November 2020….it’s like the stores that put out Easter candy before Ash Wednesday has happened.

    I will say perhaps one upside to the endless campaigning? Increasingly likely that Mr. or Ms. “Hot Right Now” will show their feet of clay long before the election….some tiny, still-optimistic part of me holds out hope that maybe eventually this will wind up with us having better candidates?

    (And yes, I also still want a pony)

  2. McGehee »

    12 July 2019 · 10:25 am

    It needn’t be about “You can’t say that.” It could just as well be about “You can’t raise money for that.”

    Even after Citizens United it’s not complete anarchy on the political spending front. The problem is that the people who oppose Citizens United don’t want to limit their own spending, only everybody else’s.

  3. fillyjonk »

    12 July 2019 · 10:33 am

    that’s also (one of) the problems with people who want to limit other people’s speech….”for thee, not for me”

  4. CGHill »

    12 July 2019 · 11:46 am

    You’ll never get money out of politics until you get politics out of money. I certainly won’t live to see that.

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