While I certainly understand why so many of us lamented the Supreme Court’s absurd Citizens United “corporations are people” decision, I actually think it’s taking care of itself. About halfway through this election cycle I noticed that, like matter running into anti-matter, all those now free floating political dollars were essentially cancelling each other out.
Despite 256 separate SuperPACs spending a half a billion dollars, nothing has changed! The President’s still in the White House, the Democrats still control the Senate, and the Republicans still control the House. And one has to wonder whether Republicans would’ve been much better off without that rampant spending.
PACs supporting Joe Walsh outspent Tammy Duckworth’s by 13 to 1 and we all know how well that turned out. The supposedly invincible Karl Rove spent $103 million through his American Crossroads SuperPAC only to see a 1% – that’s right, one percent – return on his investment.
Even the man with the orange complexion (Donald Trump) tweeted, “Congrats to @KarlRove on blowing $400 million cycle. Every race @CrossroadsGPS ran ads in, the Republicans lost. What a waste of money.”
And when they weren’t cancelling each other out, like it is with anything in this existence, once you’re inundated with something you begin to tune it out. I’m thinking voters are starting to ignore all that attack ad white noise and actually pay attention to the candidates instead.
When you consider all the money the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Harold Simmons, Bob Perry, and Jerry Perenchio spent for naught, if we can convince them to continue their efforts, perhaps they’ll no longer be in the 1 percent.
As Alanis Morissette might say, “Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?”