My Daily Rant – October 29, 2008

Promises Promises

by The Tall Twin

On CNN on Tuesday, Campbell Brown said on her new show, No Bias, No Bull, that Senator Barack Obama has broken a promise. On the face of it, she is correct, but with all due respect, so what?

The promise in question was actually a response to a questionnaire sent to all of the primary candidates last November. It came from the Midwest Democracy Network, which is made up of nonpartisan government oversight groups. Apparently only two candidates (Obama and McCain) bothered to fill out and return the form. At the time Senator Obama said that if he were the Democratic nominee he would, “aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”

That was then and this is now. One thing about Obama is that he’s a fast learner. The tough primary campaign taught him many lessons. By the time he became the Democratic nominee he could see what he was up against and what tactics might be used against him. Think about it this way. While planning a trip to Europe you sign up to swim the English Channel wearing a bikini. When you get there you see that the water is freezing and full of sharks. Would you go ahead with the plan or would you rethink your strategy?

Palin unmasked

Palin unmasked

Once he became the nominee it was obvious to Senator Obama that millions of mostly small donations would be better than funds from a broken public financing system. It was a leap of faith and a good economic choice. He decided not to “aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee.” He did, however, keep his promise to the American people to refuse money from registered lobbyists. His supporters have responded by donating an astounding amount of money,* while taxpayers who do not support him haven’t had to help pay for his campaign.

And by the way, Senator McCain pledged to run an honorable campaign. So much for promises!!



micro-donor n. A person who donates a small amount of money to a political campaign or other cause. Also: microdonor.
micro-donation n.

Example Citation:
Meanwhile in Chicago, Obama’s elite high-end fund-raisers, his National Finance Committee, met Thursday for strategy sessions.Obama has developed an army of micro-donors during his campaign.
—Lynn Sweet, “Obama passes on public money,” Chicago Sun Times, June 20, 2008
Posted on October 28, 2008

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