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Obama Pulls the Money Trigger


by Paul Szep

Like this wasn’t foretold? So McCain’s reaction is a little odd. He was for web donations before he was against them.

GOP’s knife meets
Obama’s gun
. It comes in the form of small donors throughout this country
who are now fully responsible for this campaign. With Obama’s money advantage, any
Democrat wanting to win understands this move. I do. It’s the only decision
to make, which is why I didn’t support Obama’s previous statements that he might
opt in for public financing.

As for McCain’s statement… “another typical politician.” Wow, that’s
taking it to him.

“Today, Barack Obama has revealed himself to be just another typical
politician who will do and say whatever is most expedient for Barack Obama.

“The true test of a candidate for President is whether he will stand
on principle and keep his word to the American people. Barack Obama has failed
that test today, and his reversal of his promise to participate in the public
finance system undermines his call for a new type of politics.

“Barack Obama is now the first presidential candidate since Watergate
to run a campaign entirely on private funds. This decision will have far-reaching
and extraordinary consequences that will weaken and undermine the public financing

Seems clear to me that the McCain camp was blindsided.

For some reason Lynn
Sweet plays the Tim Russert card
. Weird that she would believe this has
any weight whatsoever.

Any presidential nominee has a responsibility to do everything he or she can
to win. Obama’s money bomb potential is huge, so he’d be negligent not to go
this route.

As for McCain’s whining, it’s just another flip flop.

Via email from a friend, McCain with Greta Van Susteren back in 2004:

“I think it’s wonderful that Howard Dean was able to use the Internet,
$50, $75, $100 contributions. That’s what we want it to be all about. We want
average citizens to contribute small amounts of money, and that’s a commitment
to a campaign. So I’m for that. I think it’s a great thing. I think the Internet
is going to change American politics for the better.” – Senator John

On “Hardball” that very same year he praised the ability to raise
money on the web in small donations:

“The Internet is generating more and more people involved in the political
process with relatively small campaign contributions, $50, $75. That’s wonderful.
No longer can an office holder call up a CEO or a trial lawyer or a union
leader and say, I need $1 million…”
– Senator John McCain

Spin that.

Oh right, because Barack is doing all he can to win it’s bad. I keep forgetting.

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