George Will on McCain’s campaign finance conundrum:
There are two ways for a candidate to get on Ohio’s primary ballot — comply with complex, expensive rules for gathering signatures, or simply be certified to receive taxpayer funding. McCain’s major Republican rivals did the former. He did the latter.
Democrats, whose attachment to campaign reforms is as episodic as McCain’s, argue that having made such uses of promised matching funds, McCain is committed to taking them and abiding by spending limits — which would virtually silence his campaign until the September convention. This would be condign punishment for his argument that restricting spending does not restrict speech.