Wednesday, July 09, 2008

First, They Shot the Messengers.

Chicago Boyz has an interesting post that argues that new changes to the franking privilege as it relates to posting on the Internet are going to restrict free speech. The idea that the leadership has to approve any content from a member before it is allowed to be posted is just ripe with opportunities for abuse.
But the letter from Congressman Capuano detailing the proposed changes is just too rich to pass up. My favorite part:
I believe that these changes will help ensure that these conditions will help ensure the House presence on such external sites conforms with acceptable standards that reflect favorably on the dignity, propriety, and decorum of the House.

I guess that they should be worried about their dignity, what with 9% approval ratings. Heck, they could probably get up to 40% if they started streaming free pornography.

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