The Republican National Committee is asking a federal court to restore the ability of national parties to raise unlimited amounts of money and to spend it to help elect state-level candidates...It's got to be hell to be a Republican. Seriously. The Republicans used their complete control of the legislative and executive branches to pass far-sighted and progressive laws like McCain-Feingold - laws that have eliminated the influence of money not only from campaigns but from government as well. McCain-Feingold was such a model for the nation, nay the world, that the Republicans rewarded its architect with their party's recent nomination to the highest office in the land.
Republicans say the [McCain-Feingold campaign finance] law violates the First Amendment by preventing national parties from helping state-level candidates.
Now here come the Republicans complaining that this solonic apogee, this zenith of legislative sagacity, is itself unconstitutional*. The appointed courts, they beg, must discard this gift that the Republicans bestowed upon a thankful nation.
But soon they will go back to that same nation and ask once again to be elected, because they've got a lot of really, really great ideas they want to turn into law.
* Even though its problems were admitted at the time**, that didn't stop a Republican president from signing it into law.
** "Certain provisions present serious constitutional concerns. In particular, H.R. 2356... prevent[s] all individuals... from making donations to political parties in connection with Federal elections. ...[W]hen individual freedoms are restricted, questions arise under the First Amendment. I also have reservations about the constitutionality of the broad ban on issue advertising..."
-- GW Bush, upon signing McCain Feingold, which bill he had campaigned against 2 years prior, when he said flat out that it was unconstitutional.