Thursday, June 19, 2008

Yet Another Barack Obama Post

Hey, it's what I'm interested in right now. And his response to recent Republican attempts to try and start beating him over the head with 9/11 was a beautiful thing (via Sullivan):
I refuse to be lectured on national security by people who are responsible for the most disastrous set of foreign policy decisions in the recent history of the United States. The other side likes to use 9/11 as a political bludgeon. Well, let’s talk about 9/11...
...And yet George Bush and John McCain decided in 2002 that we should take our eye off of Afghanistan so that we could invade and occupy a country that had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. The case for war in Iraq was so thin that George Bush and John McCain had to hype the threat of Saddam Hussein, and make false promises that we’d be greeted as liberators. They misled the American people, and took us into a misguided war.
Hit back hard, and with real substance. On another note, I'm not sure how I feel about the whole opting-out of public financing thing. My personal reaction is that it's unfortunate, and it could and probably should count a little bit against him, but on the other hand he's clearly adapting his strategy to the absolutely amazing success of his online organizing and fundraising, which I don't think anyone could have predicted. 

There's actually a pretty powerful resonance with Chellie Pingree's campaign for the CD1 Democratic nomination here in Maine recently. Pingree is a huge supporter of public financing for elections, and was the most recent past President and CEO of Common Cause, a campaign finance reform group. However, she's also a really good fundraiser, who pulled together a lot of bucks from a variety of corporate and institutional sources. The question became (paraphrasing an article in the Portland Phoenix here): Do you mind if she plays the current game really well while in the process of changing it? Ultimately, the answer from Maine voters was "no" and she won the race. Barack Obama is kicking ass with the set of rules that we have on the table right now, and although I'd like to see them changed he ultimately has to deal with the rules as they are, not as they may become.

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