Why is it every time a Democrat learns more, gains experience, and then decides to change course, Republicans scream he’s a dishonest, underhanded flip-flopper? After the past 7 years, haven’t they seen the inherent idiocy of George W. Bush’s First Commandment:
“Thou shalt not forsake any really bad idea even if it destroyeth you.”
Obama has decided not to accept public campaign funding. He can raise more money on his own and knows he’ll need it when the Republican “Swift Boat” smear squads kick in to high gear.
McCain’s whining, “Obama lied to me!”
Well, that’s true. Obama’s done a total 180. It indicates he lives and learns. So sue him.
If we were talking about McCain pulling himself up by his bootstraps, rejecting a government handout to demonstrate his skill at raising and administering vast sums of money, everyone would say he embodies the finest Republican ideals. But when Obama leaves $85 million in the federal kitty to pay his own way, he’s a double-crossing villain.
We know campaign contributions from lobbyists and corporate PACs are just bribes for future favors, and politicians who accept them do so at their own risk.
But is money coerced out of stupid taxpayers who believe they’re not really giving it in their taxes because it’s left by the “Campaign Finance Fairy” – and they don’t even care who gets it – any better?
With all the other needs people have, government using their money to finance elections is like dumping their fresh Fancy Feast® down the garbage disposal. I don’t see how it’s a bad thing for Obama to rely on voters who know who he is and donate because they want him to win.