Well, we need to have the discussion. There’s a lot to unpack on this grotesque Supreme Court decision; and a lot of people are going to be talking about it for quite a long while. When something is being chattered about like this is, and will be, then some of the most powerfully held and shared cultural tropes will be out there for examination. In this case, the very underwriting principles of liberal law will be discussed in ways that bring them into the light of public discourse: “judicial restraint,” stare decisis, and “full examination,” for example. Feingold penned a Counterpunch lead in response to the decision that briefly summarizes these notions, and how they were over-ridden in this case – important in itself because it exposes (1) how any of these principles can be over-ridden as liberal principles were from Dredd Scott to Bush v. Gore and (2) how the Game is organized, wherein a Congress largley captive of the very campaign payroll system that has triumphed here is the only body that can – hypothetically – overturn the result… which it will not.
There will also be a lot of opposition bombast, also filled with favored appeals about “restoration of the Constitution (which was disigned to produce exactly this result) and the way it was (not!) before our Republic was taken over (it has never changed hands). (Ask anyone who talks about “taking back the government of the people” to cite one of the years in history when it existed.)
One of my first jobs after I left the army was advocating for campaign finance reform, specifically public financing of campaigns, so I have been well-marianated in the pro-cons, sound-bytes, and background arguments on this issue. I was actually a registered lobbyist on the issue for a few years in North Carolina. I won’t dis the folks I worked with or those who massage the money-and-politics issue now, because they are only half wrong, and their hearts are right. There was never going to be public financing of campaigns (that’s the wrong part), but money-and-politics research is absolutely one of the most fertile and revealing investigative methods avbailable for understanding the nuts and bolts of American politics. Go visit Open Secrets, which has an amazingly comprehensive campaign finance database, and see how much fun it is to crunch these numbers.