June 19, 2008

Except . . .

Obamacans: Is this the kind of change you all had in mind?

Obama opts out of public funds against McCain

Obama said in a video message to supporters he would refuse $84 million in public funds available for the November general election. He is the first U.S. presidential candidate to bypass the system since it was created after the Watergate scandal in the mid-1970s.
Just another example of Obama's rhetoric not matching his actions.
"It's not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections," Obama said in the video message.
Obama's thought bubble: "Except for me."

ETA (6/20/08): I spoke with a staunch Obama supporter last night and even he is disappointed with Obama over this. Not so much over the money part (insert standard rationalizations here) but with Obama's rhetoric (!). If the system is so broken, my friend said, shouldn't Obama set the example? I pointed out to him that all the things he objected to (RNC, 527s) already exist and Obama's not taking public financing won't make any of that go away. He agreed.

ETA #2- Russ Feingold thinks this is a bad move. Bob Shrum (excuse me while I go throw up) thinks otherwise. When Ben Smith says this move is not out of character for Obama, he doesn't mean it in a good way.
Obama's move wasn't out of character. In fact - though he has at times adopted popular reform causes - Obama has never been a traditional reformer.

He came to politics through the community organizing movement, whose radical founder, Saul Alinsky, mocked highbrow reformers, and focused instead on the acquisition and use of power, with the ends often justifying the means.

In Obama's political life, that approach has translated into pragmatism. He's kept his distance from elements of the Democratic Party that demand purity, from Washington reformers to more ideologically-motivated liberal bloggers. Instead, his campaign has sought the Kennedy mantle, modeling the candidate after a revered Democratic family not known for its scruples.

"Their campaign is brutally pragmatic," said one Democratic operative. "They have the most exciting candidate since JFK and like that operation, they have their share of talented, ambitious and at times ruthless people. Barack gets to stay above the fray, while his campaign does whatever it takes to win."
And now this is a good thing? When Hillary was accused of "doing anything to win" it was a bad thing.

Forgive me, but I've spent the last 7 1/2 years in Opposite Day Land with the Bush administration. I'd like leave.

1 comment:

paulrevere said...

Surely I share your take on BO and public money...BUT, there is a certain handcuff he would be ascribing his campaign to. The amount of money it may take to merely fend off the Mighty Wurlitzer Smear Machine will probably be 84 million which is what he has chosen to forego.

I believe that federally funded elections, chained to time frames for campaigning must become law. Between the media manipulating things to continue the insane cash flow into their coffers and the numb and dumb psychology created by interminable exposure to candidates, about the only thing that can keep folks involved is a level of outrage fomented in the image of the past 8 years...yuk! His move was pretty slick in calling for supporting his campaign funded by supposed small donors. I read somewhere he spent over 260 million just to get over on HC.

You have not mentioned BO's campaign making the two Muslim gals move out of the group shot with BO or take off their scarves...heh, my take is that the Obama folks are in for many more abrasions by the big fella...he has always seemed to be a premature birth...shoulda stayed in the school of life 8 more years.

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Paulrevere