The public financing drama

Let’s get some facts cleared up here.

There was no pledge.

Read this to see what Old Man McCain takes as a pledge:

But was it a pledge? That’s some people’s recollection of Obama’s exchanges with McCain and the FEC in February, when Obama asked — and got — FEC approval for preserving the option of a publicly financed general election, a scenario in which he’d return general election contributions.

I first pressed Obama’s camp on this particular point more than a year ago, on Feb. 7, 2007, when they first floated the notion. And they deliberately preserved some wiggle room then.

“We’re looking to see if we can preserve the option,” spokesman Bill Burton said, when asked if the campaign was committing, conditionally, to public financing,

I asked Burton again today if this was a “pledge,” and he repeated that it’s an “option.”

How has anything changed? I mean besides Obama raising $1M a day–you know, the public financing him, and Clinton losing to him 8 states in a row? I know that McCain is worried that he’ll not be able to raise as much money as Obama (legally at least). What kind of idiot would he be to commit or not commit right now, when he’s not the nominee. It’s disingenuous the role the media is playing in this schoolyard fight. It’s sad to see people sucked into and regurgitating the quarter-truths they hear on TV.

Keep in mind that the McCain campaign said this:

Mr. McCain’s advisers said that the candidate, despite his signature legislative efforts to restrict the money spent on political campaigns, would not accept public financing and spending limits for this year’s general campaign.

You also want to read this interesting article in WaPo.

What makes it all just a little bit more sad is that now the Clinton campaign has stolen a so-called attack from the McCain campaign and is going after Obama. What purpose does that serve except to inject themselves into this non-story? Or is this another way of showing that Clinton is experienced? Just wrap your head around that: The Obama campaign says, “I’m not the nominee yet. Let’s discuss this later.” The Clinton campaign, who hopes to be the nominee, doesn’t ignore the non-story, they jump in with both feet to “attack”, instead of saying, “Why does is matter? We’re going to be the nominee in Denver.”

No, this attack from the Clinton campaign doesn’t make them look presidential, it makes them look desperate to fling anything at Obama. Just note that no matter what, the Obama campaign has not mentioned or alluded to any of the bajillion Clinton scandals. Maybe there was an agreement that it wouldn’t be discussed. Whatever, they should thank their lucky stars on that not even Obama surrogates are doing it.

As for me, I don’t think that Obama should accept public financing unless he gets McCain to agree that pro-GOP Fox and CNN are off limits for interviews and such and they’ll do all their debates on PBS or C-SPAN.

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2 thoughts on “The public financing drama

  1. I know, I hate reading comments on those stories and reading people say things like, “See!! I told you Obama is a liar/phony/etc etc etc” when they are so stupid as to actually believe McCain’s attacks (and the media is of course eager to gobble it up) without reading what was actually said. Non-story, it is.

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  2. A complete non-story. I guess that’s what the Clinton campaign has been lowered to, goading on non-stories. One might think they had no strengths to stand on. The amazing thing is that they’re using these Rovian tactics and most Democrats see through them for what they are. It’s the people who are voting because they like Bill Clinton or think “it’s time” for a woman to be in the WH that fall for this crap.

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