"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

The ATM states

Presidential candidates campaign, as such, during general election races in states where the votes are up for grabs – Virginia, or Florida, say, or Ohio. Not so much in Oregon, where both sides know the state is highly likely to vote for Democrat Barack Obama.

Still. You wonder if there may be a little bit of irritation about Republican Mitt Romney’s third visit to Oregon (upcoming June 4) not to campaign but, each time, to hold a fundraiser.

Blue Oregon notes, “And once again, he won’t actually be talking to any real voters — and won’t even be doing the sort of pro forma political stop that usually accompanies an ATM run. He’s not even going to go read stories to kids, or tour a factory floor, or anything.”

After a while, doesn’t it seem a little crass, even for a presidential campaign?

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