Bob Bauer’s latest public comments — rare since his blog retirement — focus on the meaning of recent “deadlocks” at the FEC.
As usual, Bauer’s comments are thoughtful, thorough and mostly agnostic on whether or not the deadlocks pose a monumental problem as most in the “reform” community charge. Bauer, doesn’t buy the line from those in the pro-regulation camp that Republican commissioners are being rampantly partisan or refusing to uphold the law. Rather, Bauer writes, the Republican commissioners are engaging in a concerted effort to respect the First Amendment and not implement uneccesary regulations or investigations.
Bauer doesn’t necessarily agree with the Republican commissioners, but he doesn’t demagogue the issue.
We will have review and comment on Bauer’s presentation forthcoming in the next few days.