The Conversation (with poll!)
by Mystylplx, Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 11:10:32 AM EDT
A Real Democrat is sitting in a cafe drinking a mocha latte and reading The Nation when a Concern Troll walks in. The Concern Troll is busily wringing his hands while his eyes furtively glance about--he has a very worried look on his face. He approaches the Real Democrat and The Conversation begins below the fold.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! I'm worried! I'm very very worried!
Real Democrat: What's troubling you friend?
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! Well don't get me wrong, I'm completely supporting Barack Obama, but I just wish he had more integrity.
Real Democrat: What do you mean?
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! Well he broke his pledge to take public financing. I understand why he did it and I'm still going to vote for him, but I just wish he were more honest.
Real Democrat: He never made any such pledge. He pledged to agressively pursue a deal with the Republican nominee, and if an equitable deal could be made then he would take public financing. Obviously that didn't happen.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! I understand he used some lawyerly language, but the spirit of what he said was that he wouldn't take public financing!
Real Democrat: Lawyerly language? It seemed like perfectly plain english to me... I don't see how he could have said it any more clearly.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! But he said he would "agressively pursue" a deal. He didn't do that!
Real Democrat: What makes you say that?
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! He only had one face to face meeting with John McCain! I don't call that "agressive," do you?
Real Democrat: Let me explain to you how this works--by the time they had their face to face meeting all the negotiating had already been said and done. The meeting was just a formality. The negotiating had already taken place behind the scenes.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! But Obama benefits from not taking public financing! I'm sure McCain would have agreed if Obama were really serious about it! Obama will have a huge financial advantage! I just wish he had more integrity, but I'm still voting for him!
Real Democrat: No he won't. Republicans are the party of the rich and always have the financial advantage. This election is no exception.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! But Obama has raised more money than McCain!
Real Democrat: Yes, and he has raised that money under the auspices of campaign finance laws which prevent multi-millionaires from dropping six-figure donations on a campaign. The problem is those laws don't apply to donations to the parties or to 527's. Make no mistake, McCain will have more money spent on his behalf than Obama will. McCain has the financial advantage.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! But Obama benefits from not taking public financing! I understand why he is going back on his pledge, but I just wish he were more honest!
Real Democrat: Again, he never made any such pledge.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! But McCain would agree to take public financing!
Real Democrat: Of course he would, but he obviously wouldn't agree to oppose outside entities, such as the RNC and 527's, from spending money on his behalf. That would have been necessary for an equitable deal.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! But how do you know that?
Real Democrat: Because they didn't make a deal.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! But it benefits Obama to not make a deal.
Real Democrat: No. It benefits McCain to not make a deal. If McCain had been willing to pledge public opposition to external organizations spending money on his behalf then I'm certain Obama would have jumped on it. It would have benefitted his campaign.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! But Obama promised to take public financing!
Real Democrat (starting to get irritated now): No he didn't.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! But he implied that!
Real Democrat(really getting angry now): No he didn't.
Concern Troll: Oh! Oh! Well I just wish he had more integrity. I'm going to vote for him anyway, of course...
At this point the Real Democrat stands up, shaking his head sadly, and walks out the door.