Campbell, you’re a little bit behind the times. This gop talking point (Obama’s refusal to take public financing) was introduced a long, long time ago.
I’m “pleased” to see the public financing issue awkwardly made the front page of CNN today – a few days before the election and perfect timing for a bunch of crazy a$$ republicans to send out mass emails to their base of crazy a$$ friends.
“One year ago, he (Obama) made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits.
Then it became clear to Sen. Obama and his campaign that he was going to be able to raise on his own far more cash than he would get with public financing. So Obama went back on his word.”
My blood pressure rose as I feared that a PAID political pundit on CNN didn’t understand the most basic of gop talking points. Campbell slightly redeemed herself by going on to say…
“He broke his promise and he explained it by arguing that the system is broken and that Republicans know how to work the system to their advantage. He argued he would need all that cash to fight the ruthless attacks of 527s, those independent groups like the Swift Boat Veterans. It’s funny though, those attacks never really materialized.
The Washington Post pointed out recently that the bad economy has meant a cash shortage among the 527s and that this election year they have been far less influential.”
Campbell returned to her idiot status and closes out her spiel by saying…
“For this last week, Sen. Obama will be rolling in dough. His commercials, his get-out-the-vote effort will, as the pundits have said, dwarf the McCain campaign’s final push. But in fairness, you have to admit, he is getting there in part on a broken promise.”
So, why did Obama break his promise and not accept public money? Campbell’s commentary regarding 527s is correct but she fails to mention that Obama would have agreed to public financing if rules and boundaries were established regarding the money 527s could introduce into the general election campaign.
Of course, Campbell doesn’t mention that mccain wouldn’t agree to such financial regulations for 527s. Without being said, the moment Obama accepts to take $88 million in the public’s money, 527s pump in ungodly amount of money, and Barack looks like a puppet, weakling, John Kerry, etc. Those 527s can raise and spend millions of dollars but they aren’t going to waste their money on the presidential general election when Obama has $600 million pouring in.
In closing, our country can’t afford the gop buying the White House again. If mccain wouldn’t agree to reject 527s, Obama made ANOTHER intelligent decision by opting out of public financing. Donate today!
P.S. I wonder how impacful the 527s are in congressional races since Obama’s deep pockets have deemed them worthless in the presidenital race?