That didn't last long, did it?

What a difference a weekend can make.

Just think, last Friday a pro-health-care group, Vermont Leads, was getting all kinds of criticism because they held a rally at a park near Lenore Broughton's house in Burlington, and then walked down to her house to deliver an invitation to discuss single payer health care. After all, this was seen as the kind of thing we just don't do in Vermont, although we put up a spirited defense here at GMD. Over at The Scoreboard, Seven Days reporter Paul Heintz called it "pretty shabby", saying, "There are better ways to make your point than to hassle someone at their house."

Well, things are looking a little different today. The campaign finance reports are out and they show that Miss Daisy has dumped another $548,000 into the Vermonters First bank account, for a total so far approaching three quarters of a million dollars.

I don't know if there are any formal rules to this, but if you can afford to write a check out of your personal fortune that is greater than the per capita income of twenty-three individual Vermonters (or, if you'd rather think of it this way, more than a dollar for every man, woman, and child in the state), I think it has to be recognized that you're now playing in the big leagues.

Or, to put it another way, if you're shelling out that kind of cash to buy elections in Vermont you've officially signed up to be a public figure.

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