Thanks to the Citizen United decision, Election 2012 will be the battle of the SuperPACs. The candidates will become mere pawns to the anonymous Big Money manipulators of our electoral process.
Theoretically, they’re not allowed to co-ordinate with the candidates. Theoretically, you’re not allowed to signal what you’re holding to your partner in a card game. Anybody believe it doesn’t happen in either case? Me neither. But that’s beside the point. The candidates are almost beside the point.
The SuperPACs have taken over the messaging. Now that they’re allowed to raise unlimited amounts of money, SuperPACs are grossly outspending the candidates. In South Carolina they’ve spent $7 million. The candidates spent $3.2 million combined. The SuperPACs are funded by secret deep pocket donors. Not the 1% but the .01%. They wield the power of money. They’re accountable to no one.
These guys amuse themselves for now with this intraparty contest to see who gets to be in charge, but I don’t think they really care who wins. Not as long as it’s one of them. Someone who will advance their agenda. And once the victor of the primary is clear, they’ll unite in their one overriding common goal. To get the first black President of the United States out of their White House. And they don’t care if they have to lie and cheat to do it.
Even Sen. John McCain, in a recent interview with ABC News, said “the groups will ‘destroy the political process.’” Weird how I’m agreeing with Republicans lately, but he’s absolutely right.