“Politicians held captive by their big-money contributors or succumbing to interest-group pressure–this is the staple of modern political reporting, the story line that weaves its way into just about every analysis of what’s wrong with our democracy.”
Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope
Looks like the Democratic presidential nominee is doing what he can to get that story line out there. Reuters’ David Alexander asks, “So what does Barack Obama do after a hard day of defending the common man during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression?”
And answers: “Throw a $28,500-a-head fundraising dinner, of course.” With Barbra Strisand singing. Â In Beverly Hills, that is. Â You know, the place with movie stars, swimming pools.
Seems like Barack Obama is just asking his Republican rival to make another commercial like this one.
UPDATE: Â Remember that Obama “barred television crews” from the event, next time the media goes after Republicans for a similar such exclusion for events featuring a less well-heeled crowd.
UP-UPDATE: No wonder Clinton fundraiser Democratic National Committee Platform Committee member “Lynn Forester de Rothschild has said she thinks Democratic nominee Barack Obama is arrogant and has a problem connecting with average Americans.” After “bringing in more than $100,000 for” Hillary, Ms. de Rothschild is backing John McCain.