The Supreme Court's ruling Thursday striking down limits on corporate and union spending in elections is "un-American," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday.
Schumer, a top Senate Democrat who formerly ran their campaign committee, said he would hold hearings on the decision in the coming weeks.
"I think it's an un-American decision," Schumer said at a press conference Thursday. "I think when the American people understand what this radical decision has meant they will be even more furious and concerned about special interest influence in politics than they are today."
Democrats have responded quickly to rebuke the court's 5-4 ruling in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case, handed down Wednesday. The decision essentially kills a sizable portion of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, better known as the McCain-Feingold Act for its high-profile sponsors.
Remember, folks: this guy is what the Democratic party thinks a populist looks like. To wit: a rich lawyer from Harvard who has never held a real job in his life. I'd also love to hear what he was planning to have hearings on. The inconvenience of having an independent third branch of government? The insensitivity of the American people in expecting its legislators to have a working grasp of Constitutional theory? The tragic lack of ego-affirming public exposure for Chuckie Schumer right now? Anything is possible in these halcyon times.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.