A few weeks ago, I happened to tune in to a CNN program that included as one of its guests Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, a leading opponent of campaign-finance reform. In dismissing the notion that the cost of a political campaign these days is bound to make politicians beholden to fat-cat contributors, Senator McConnell said Americans spend less on political campaigns than they do on yogurt. By chance, I was eating a container of yogurt when he said that. Blueberry. Low fat.

I looked down at my yogurt. Then I looked back at Senator McConnell's image on the television screen....

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