Friends of Chequer-Board Strike a Blow for the First Amendment

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 5, 2011

Leon Wolf and Chris Badeaux come highly recommended by me as human beings, and so when writing about them, I am hopelessly biased in their favor. But even if I did not think of Leon as a good egg, I would consider his parodies of Meghan McCain’s awful writing style to be nothing short of delightful.

Meghan McCain, of course, thinks differently (for a given value of “thinking”), and through her lawyers, she demanded to have Leon’s parodies of her taken down from RedState. I suppose that the younger McCain’s actions should come as little surprise; her Senatorial father, after all, is famous for a piece of legislation that sought to restrict political speech in the name of “campaign finance reform.” The apple quite clearly does not fall far from the tree in the McCain family forest.

Fortunately, Leon has not taken this attempt to shred the First Amendment lightly. He got Chris to represent him, and to send a letter to Meghan McCain’s lawyer. The letter is properly epic in its majesty and scorn for the younger McCain’s astonishingly stupid reaction to the well-deserved mocking of her talent-deprived essays. More news to hearten the good guys: Chris’s response has gotten lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of favorable media attention.

Very few people can say “I helped strengthen and ensure Constitutional protections.” But Leon and Chris can issue such a boast. And as Muhammad Ali famously said, “if you done it, it ain’t bragging.”

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