A random thought on campaign financing: an AP story today notes that this year's campaign will run at over $2 billion. I'm pretty sure that's not a good thing. But I'm not certain what it should be instead. We have in my district a very competitive state senate race. I have given to one of the candidates, as I think many locals have. Outside groups have also been involved (I get a giant attack postcard nearly every day). I think I'm OK with me and my neighbors giving to this campaign, since we're actual voters in the district. I'm pretty sure I'm not OK with outside groups pouring money in. But overall a lot more thought is going to have to go into this issue, along with all the ways interested parties will try to get around any rules put in place.