In this article (linked to from Drudge and with 131 comments) Jonathan says:
Romney labels calls 'un-American,' pins blame on McCain-Feingold
Mitt Romney said this morning that the phone calls attacking his Mormon faith were "un-American" and faulted the legislation championed by his rival John McCain for making them difficult to trace.
"I think the attempts to attack me on the basis of my faith are un-American," Romney said at a press conference in Nevada, as seen in a video sent by his campaign. "This is a time when we're preparing for Thanksgiving, a time when we're going to be celebrate the fact that this nation was founded in part to allow people to enjoy religious freedom. We celebrate the diversity of different thougthts and beliefs. And the idea that people would attack religion at a time like this is frankly un-American.
Without prompting, Romney then predicted that there "will be those that ask, 'how in the world could this happen? How is it that we don't know who's doing it?'"
"In that regard, you know, you have to look back at the legislation that is known as McCain-Feingold," Romney said.
"The bill leaves an enormous, gaping loophole and says that if you form a 527 or 501c4 you don't have to disclose who the donors are," Romney said. "They can give an unlimited amount. The result of that legislation you're seeing played out in politics today."
Deeming the bill a "monster" that needs to be repealed, Romney argued that the calls show "just how ineffective it has been in removing the influence of money and underhanded politics."
UPDATE: McCain communications director Jill Hazelbaker responds to Romney's charge:
"It is appalling, but not surprising, that Mitt Romney would seek to take advantage of this disturbing incident to launch yet another hypocritical attack. It's the hallmark of his campaign."
"Back when Romney was calling for taxing campaign contributions and banning PACs, and before McCain-Feingold was passed, push polling was, regrettably, alive and well in American politics. Anyone who spent a day in South Carolina in 2000 knows that."
Hazelbaker includes below her statement a trove of research detailing in-depth Romney's past support for campaign finance measures. As a candidate for the Senate in 1994 and governor in 2002, Romney backed restrictive campaign finance proposals meant to curb spending in both federal and state races.
Those who are not complete morons, should think about this. Did McCain-Fiengold give more or less power to 527s? Think about it Jonathan (or is this a situation were a non-biased journalist should report both sides of the story? The answer is no. McCain-Fiengold greatly increased the amount of money that went to 527s.
Those who have been around for a while have heard the "Romney supported campaign finance reform, and so how dare he criticize McCain Fiengold" argument?
Alright. If you are not a moron, think about this for a second. What glaring, obvious, logical error does is this argument built on? That's right! Unless your Jill Hazelbaker, you might be able to tell a difference between supporting "campaign finance measures" generally and supporting McCain/Fiengold specifically. Saying that, if you are in favor of "any campaign finance measures" therefore you must be in favor of McCain fiengold is like saying that if you are infavor of wind, you must be in favor of tornados.
See the video below.
What do you think? Do you agree?