Regular readers know that I find the conservative fixation on a supposed liberal plot to bring back the Fairness Doctrine to be one of the funnier things around. But: have I fallen seriously behind the times when it comes to conservative paranoia? It appears that "universal voter registration" may be the new Fairness Doctrine. TPM has the scoop.
I hope not. The Fairness Doctrine is so obviously inappropriate for twenty-first century media norms and institutions that it isn't necessary to think about whether reviving it would be a good or bad idea. It just isn't plausible. Universal voter registration, however...well, it sounds like a pretty good idea to me. (Yikes! Shades of goo-gooism at Plain Blog!). I'm not sure that I can make laugh at conservatives for believing that liberals have secret outrageous plans that I wish liberals did have. So, I hope universal voter registration is just a blip, and conservatives go back to their more fun obsessions.