Obama Backs Away From A "Broken System"
by BrandonCraker, Thu Jun 19, 2008 at 11:10:42 AM EDT
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In a video announcement to supporters Thursday, Barack Obama sealed, licked and stamped the envelope that John McCain has been waiting to tear open and rip apart for months.
Obama checkmated a looming decision to decline federal matching funds for this fall's general election. This move clears the long, stretched highway of money ahead for the Democratic nominee-in-waiting, letting him raise as much as he pleases and avoiding spending limits that would have restricted him otherwise. In a campaign that was conceived in February of last year, unprecedented grassroots efforts have certainly set and broken records of unimaginable measures, heaping a present total of $272 million. This is no doubt in thanks to vigorous Internet campaigning, roping in donation after donation and igniting an excitement amongst voters that many have compared to that of John F. Kennedy of 1960
Alongside a bold message to supporters encouraging to "Declare Your Independence from a Broken System," Obama told viewers of the message and potential donators as much in the email message Thursday, citing his political opponents ahead as "masters" of the game who would in fact use the system against Obama's campaign of change.
"It's not an easy decision," he says, " and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections. But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who've become masters at gaming this broken system."
This landmark move makes Obama the first major presidential candidate to decline federal matching funds since the public financing system's very birth in 1976. One might suggest that's because no other presidential campaign in recent political history has spring boarded so many enthusiastic floods of cash. An argument that does less than satisfy presumptive Republican nominee John McCain who chided Obama two months ago for vocally thinking twice about a pledge he had previously made, that being a commitment to accept the public financing that Senator McCain has passionately advocated for years.
This is certainly a change in a historic pattern, the kind of change that McCain would no doubt follow up: "That's not change we can believe in!"
McCain, who has raised a total of $98 million for his campaign, might invoke privilege of seniority in this regard, pointing out his record of never accepting earmark legislation, his hate for pork barrel spending and bridges to nowhere in Alaska when blasting excess spending even on the donation front. But one would be poised to ponder a flipside scenario. Would anyone raking in $272 million want to cut it short? Would anyone who just signed up their one millionth supporter on Facebook want to tone down hit after hit after hit on their campaign website or clicks of the hard-to-miss "Donate" button? Would anyone who is now leading their opponent in the three crucial swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida want to kindly inform their guests and participants that the party is over and ask them to kindly tone down the music? It's tough to wrestle with.
I would personally love to have seen how JFK would have reacted to such sky-high vaults of political dough. Just imagine Richard Nixon's already sweating, wanting-it-to-be-over-with face up against an absolute Hulk of passion like Barack Obama.
"Could you not talk so much, Barack? It would really help me out. By the way, can we do this on the radio?"