Well, lookee here. George Will is awfully worried about the University of Montana. It seems our quiet mountain town has produced "speech police" that are "poisoning the practice of democracy."
That's pretty hilarious, since student government at UM is actually pretty lively.
So what is Will complaining about?
Candidates running for student office at UM are restricted in terms of spending. Why? Because at a lot of schools around the country, these contests devolve into rich kids throwing rock concerts to achieve votes.
By restricting spending, UM has actually increased speech. How? Because candidates can't spend a ton of money. The other way to reach people is, you know, face-to-face campaigning.
Frankly, I don't think it is a good solution nationally. Campus politics are very much their own thing. And I'd be perfectly happy to see an expanded public financing system rather than spending caps.
All that said, I think the lawsuit is pretty ridiculous. And George Will is up in arms is also pretty hilarious. It looks like he didn't do some very basic journalism leg-work. If he did, it wouldn't be tough to know this article was coming, which we didn't (V is one of the named parties in the case, so don't expect to see him comment on it here).
Anyways, funny to be noticed by the national punditry.