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skippy the bush kangaroo

Thursday, June 19, 2008

and we don't mean the little rubber shoes you wear to the beach

flip-flops, anyone?

john mcsame has caught barack "to the future" obama in a terrible, hypocritical flip-flop, and the gop is making hay over the apparent contradiction.

you see, obama has totally reversed himself on offshore drilling...no, wait, that's not it...no, he divorced his first wife after she got paralyzed in a car accident...no, that's not it either. oh, yeah! obama decided not to take public funding for his presidential campaign. latimes:

democrat barack obama announced today that he would opt out of the public financing system for general election campaigns, making him the first major party candidate in more than 30 years to rely strictly on private donors to underwrite the crucial final stage of his presidential bid.

obama's decision reflects a confidence that he can pull in private donations far exceeding the $84.1 million he would receive from the federal treasury after he officially becomes the party's nominee in august...

"this decision would make sen. obama the first presidential candidate since the watergate reforms to refuse public financing in the general election and fund his presidential bid instead with private money, which often comes with expectations of special access or favors," said joan claybrook, president of public citizen, a nonprofit group that represents consumer interests in government.
and john mcsame has jumped on this apparent policy reversal like black on rice (condi rice, that is).

however, the latimes poltiical blog, opinionla, points out:

but mccain is no angel, either. remember when he allegedly used public funds as backup to apply for a loan, and then tried immediately to withdraw from the public funding system? (attempting to escape, ironically, from the very system he helped set up.) the outraged dems filed suit shortly thereafter. the federal election commission, lacking quorum, couldn't do much about it, either — which probably suited mccain just fine.

that incident aside, there are plenty of other loopholes that allow the private sector to creep in, a point obama drove home in a video released this morning:

it's not an easy decision, 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. john mccain's campaign and the republican national committee are fueled by contributions from washington lobbyists and special interests pacs. we've already seen that he's not gonna stop the smears and attacks from his allies running so-called 527 groups, who will spend millions and millions of dollars in unlimited donations.
swiftboating, anyone?
we think the best observation of this whole magilla comes from a commentor on the latimes blog:

leave it to my party, the party of "limited government", the party that hates wasteful spending, the party that likes to call any spending by government "socialist", to complain when a candidate doesn't take money from the public pocket in order to run a campaign.

this is why i'm a republican for obama. mccain and his followers have lost their bearings. if only mccain had the balls to not ask the tax payer to pony up for his campaign and to find individuals who think he is worthy enough to contribute to. instead, he's mad when a supposedly big government liberal turns down campaign welfare checks.

well, now that mccain's on welfare and obama isn't, i guess mccain finally has something in common with the poor in this country.
on welfare and abandoning his (first) wife, too.

addendum: the carpetbagger report has a great list of mcsame's flip-flops in just the last couple of weeks.

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