Behind the scenes, prominent Democratic lawmakers are exploring the idea of more regulation. While some of this is aimed at showing the party’s grass-roots activists that their leaders are fighting back, it also provokes a serious debate about the role of government in regulating public airwaves.
Unless broadcasters take steps to voluntarily balance their programming, they can expect a return of fairness rules if Democrats keep control of Congress and win the White House next year.
What else could be cooking behind closed doors?
Would all Democrats back such rule changes? Would any Republicans join them? The House Democrats were split last week on the Pence amendment (115-113); how do Senate Democrats stand? The various Democratic contenders for the presidency?