File this one under the "Couldn't happen to a nicer guy" file:
The Republican Party will file federal lawsuits Thursday seeking to overthrow the McCain-Feingold federal campaign finance regulations, Republican National Committee Chairman Robert M. "Mike" Duncan revealed Wednesday night at a private dinner with the nation's Republican governors.
The move is considered a slap in the face of the Republican Party's failed 2008 presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who was dramatically outspent by Democrat Barack Obama, and of President Bush, who signed McCain-Feingold into law in 2002.
"We will bring two federal suits tomorrow to strengthen the Republican Party," Mr. Duncan told The Washington Times.
Mr. Duncan said one suit will be filed in the District of Columbia to strike down the soft-money ban that is the central tenet of the McCain-Feingold Act — formally known as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. "Soft money" is largely unrestricted contributions from wealthy individuals, corporations and labor unions.
The second suit will be in a Louisiana federal court to strike down the limits under the law Mr. McCain co-sponsored with Sen. Russ Feingold, Wisconsin Democrat, that control coordination between parties and their candidates.
We might also consider filing this under the "Gee, why didn't I think of this sooner" file.When you are outspent 7 -1, something has got to change. It would be nice if the GOP looked into Obama's success not just in fundraising but in motivating and using millions of volunteers on his campaign. The Democrat's innovative use of social networking sites like MySpace as well as other web-based programs spelled the difference in the race, not McCain-Feingold idiocies.
Having said that, good riddance to a bad law. I wish the GOP luck in overturning McCain's monstrosity that, in one of the most delicious ironies in American political history, turned around and bit its author in the rear end.