I can’t say I’m surprised. Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama has opted out of the public campaign finance system. Not that I don’t support his decision to forego public funding of his campaign. I would rather presidential campaigns didn’t drink from the federal trough.
What this does show is that despite his acolytes claim that the Illinois Senator brings a new kind of politics, despite his uplifting rhetoric, all we’re getting with this guy is the same old, same old.
Barack Obama is just a typical politician who will say or do anything to get elected.
His economic policy is nothing more than the tried and failed liberalism of the past forty plus years: address every problem with increased federal spending. And now, we see him inventing some excuse to break his pledge to take federal campaign funds “if his Republican rival did as well.” John McCain has pledged to do so.
Having since learned of his fundraising prowess, the Democrat knows it would put him at an advantage if he forewent federal financing. So, in order to advance his own interests, he broke his pledge but tried to dress it up as a problem of a “broken” public financing system. I agree the system is flawed and falling apart, but it’s been flawed and falling apart for some time — and was when he made his pledge.
But, I guess that’s just something else his campaign didn’t know about.
I doubt this latest revelation will stop his followers from swooning over him as the latest incarnation of a political savior.
UPDATE: Jennifer Rubin writes:
It would, of course, be ridiculous for Barack Obama to give up his fundraising advantage. On the other, doing something not in his own self-interest would allow Obama to demonstrate his bona fides as the architect of New Politics. Will John McCain make some hay? Only if he is able to demonstrate a larger theme of â€œphony Agent of Changeâ€ can he make any headway on this. After all, campaign finance reform â€” despite McCain’s best efforts â€” was never an issue to seize the popular imagination.