Obama would Rather Play Even than Win
by Jerome Armstrong, Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 09:27:19 AM EST
A spokesman for McCain said that he would agree to Obama's "proposal for an accord between the two major party nominees to rely just on public financing for the general election. Such a pact would eliminate any financial edge one candidate might have and limit each campaign to $85 million for the general election. The two candidates would have to return any private donations that they had raised for that period."
Do you think we'll be hearing such a rookie mistake from Clinton or Edwards?
Update [2007-3-3 15:55:12 by Jerome Armstrong]:
And let me clarify that I am against public finacing of political campaigns as a principle and a strategy (especially in the general) for progressives. Political campaigns should have a level playing field (I support limits), but not a playing field paid for by the taxpayer (I don't support public financing). As progressives, we should encourage as many people as possible to support campaigns, and the Democrats have more in numbers than do the Republicans in their max-out crowd. Dean showed this, Kerry showed this, and the disparity/advantage of internet small donors is solidly in the hands of democrats now. In a general campaign, the Republicans will rely upon big fundraisers in Democratic cities and snail mail from a legacy small donor world. The Democrat will be able to raise tens of millions with an email. The playing field of 8 weeks tremendously favors the Democratic nominee.
Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or John Edwards could raise over $200M in a general election. I have no doubt. Democrats could field staff and run ads in 40 states in a general election. Instead, Obama and McCain will stick us with the limits of public financing, and we will see another battleground election that focuses on 10 states or less. It's the media, not the people, that dominate this process.
Howard Dean understood this, and would not have used public financing for the general election in 2004, and it would have helped him gain the competitive advantage to win too.