Ernesto Miranda was born nearly 67 years ago and began a life of trouble and crime almost from the very start. You know his name because he escaped a rape conviction on appeal to the Supreme Court since the police never told him his rights when he was arrested. That case established what are now universally known as “Miranda Rights.”
What you might not know is that after years in and out of jail for various crimes, Ernesto Miranda was stabbed to death in a Phoenix bar fight in 1976. His killer? He was never prosecuted because of a lack of evidence and the fact that he wouldn’t cooperate with the police investigation . . . after he was read his Miranda Rights.
Talk about irony.
Here’s another irony: John McCain, the man who brought you the campaign finance “reform” law that bears his name, may now be limited by his own rules to spending only $5 million between now and September while his general election opponent can spend that much every week.
How little money is that? Consider that it has to last McCain nearly seven more months during which time he has to build campaign staffs in fifty states–including multiple offices in some key states–all requiring rent, utilities, phones, computers, etc., etc. He has to spend money on opposition research which will probably cost in the neighborhood of $1 million. He needs signs, bumper stickers, flyers, mailers, etc., all of which take time to print, and so if they can’t be bought until after the nominating convention, will put him at a serious disadvantage.
John McCain is the recent recipient of two very big “I told you so’s.” For years talk radio conservatives have said that campaign finance “reform” is a bad idea and that he shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that the national media was his friend. In the last two days now, John McCain has been stabbed twice by rules of his own making.