Letters from readers, July 30
Who was this Granny D anyway?
That’s what I asked myself as I glanced at the cover of the book, Granny D: a Memoir. Maybe it was her quote, “You’re never too old to raise a little hell,” that intrigued me.
On the back cover I learn that at age 90, in 2000, Doris (Granny D) Haddock walked all the way across the U.S. for campaign finance reform—an even more relevant subject today! Bill Moyers identifies her as a true heroine; John McCain says, “She represents all that is good in America.”
Now I learn that John McCain gave her a lot of credit for the passage of the McCain/Feingold reform act. Granny D died in 2010. I’m glad she wasn’t here for the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision that overturned her reform efforts, unleashing Super-Pacs and the maelstrom of campaign mayhem that we ...