Tuesday, October 28, 2008

$600 Million

From Campbell Brown of CNN:

(CNN) -- "You may have heard that Wednesday night Barack Obama will be on five different TV networks speaking directly to the American people.

He bought 30 minutes of airtime from the different networks, a very expensive purchase. But hey, he can afford it. Barack Obama is loaded, way more loaded than John McCain, way more loaded than any presidential candidate has ever been at this stage of the campaign.

Just to throw a number out: He has raised well over $600 million since the start of his campaign, close to what George Bush and John Kerry raised combined in 2004.

Without question, Obama has set the bar at new height with a truly staggering sum of cash. And that is why as we approach this November, it is worth reminding ourselves what Barack Obama said last November.

One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits.

Then it became clear to Sen. Obama and his campaign that he was going to be able to raise on his own far more cash than he would get with public financing. So Obama went back on his word.

He broke his promise and he explained it by arguing that the system is broken and that Republicans know how to work the system to their advantage. He argued he would need all that cash to fight the ruthless attacks of 527s, those independent groups like the Swift Boat Veterans. It's funny though, those attacks never really materialized.

The Washington Post pointed out recently that the bad economy has meant a cash shortage among the 527s and that this election year they have been far less influential.

The courageous among Obama's own supporters concede this decision was really made for one reason, simply because it was to Obama's financial advantage.

On this issue today, former Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, an Obama supporter, writes in The New York Post, "a hypocrite is a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue -- who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. And that, it seems to me, is what we are doing now."

For this last week, Sen. Obama will be rolling in dough. His commercials, his get-out-the-vote effort will, as the pundits have said, dwarf the McCain campaign's final push. But in fairness, you have to admit, he is getting there in part on a broken promise."


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I asked this question on TWKK over a week ago....CAN THE PRESIDENCY BE BOUGHT???


And lest you think this is just a conservative rant, I was prepared to vote for Hillary. And I'm a Libertarian, as far right as it gets. Obama leaves a lot to be desired.


WW


Disclaimer: These are the opinions of WW, not Skittles, The Huntess


8 comments:

momsbusy said...

interesting article. seems to be another election where we must "choose between the lesser of two evils."

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

We have already voted. In our town we can vote early and of course we voted for Chey.
~ The Bunch

DeadMule said...

Interesting, yes. But how many other US presidencies have been bought? And what politician doesn't lie?

I voted for Obama.
Helen

And I'm planning to vote for Skittles. Sweet Rosie O'Cat

BTW, Why can't cats vote early?

Skittles, The Huntress said...

Helen,

I think next election we should skip the campaigning and put the office of President of the US on Ebay.

WW

Rosie,

Thanks for your vote! BTW: Sam, the Marmalade cat has his own blog now. He may visit you from time to time.
Skittles

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Politics-from the latin-Poli, meaning many and Tics being bloodsucking creatures...how can you tell a politician is lying? Their lips are moving...yeah, mom hates politics and politicians. This week she's fuming about our school board president making $180,000 a year and then having the nerve to tell the city council that property taxes need to be raised because the schools have a shortfall...

Fred said...

Just as long as he doesn't interfere with the World Series.

Anonymous said...

What's a Liberarian? A cross between a Librarian and a Libertarian? Interesting concept.

Ann

Skittles, The Huntress said...

Ann,

Thanks for catching the typo!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

$600 Million

From Campbell Brown of CNN:

(CNN) -- "You may have heard that Wednesday night Barack Obama will be on five different TV networks speaking directly to the American people.

He bought 30 minutes of airtime from the different networks, a very expensive purchase. But hey, he can afford it. Barack Obama is loaded, way more loaded than John McCain, way more loaded than any presidential candidate has ever been at this stage of the campaign.

Just to throw a number out: He has raised well over $600 million since the start of his campaign, close to what George Bush and John Kerry raised combined in 2004.

Without question, Obama has set the bar at new height with a truly staggering sum of cash. And that is why as we approach this November, it is worth reminding ourselves what Barack Obama said last November.

One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits.

Then it became clear to Sen. Obama and his campaign that he was going to be able to raise on his own far more cash than he would get with public financing. So Obama went back on his word.

He broke his promise and he explained it by arguing that the system is broken and that Republicans know how to work the system to their advantage. He argued he would need all that cash to fight the ruthless attacks of 527s, those independent groups like the Swift Boat Veterans. It's funny though, those attacks never really materialized.

The Washington Post pointed out recently that the bad economy has meant a cash shortage among the 527s and that this election year they have been far less influential.

The courageous among Obama's own supporters concede this decision was really made for one reason, simply because it was to Obama's financial advantage.

On this issue today, former Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, an Obama supporter, writes in The New York Post, "a hypocrite is a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue -- who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. And that, it seems to me, is what we are doing now."

For this last week, Sen. Obama will be rolling in dough. His commercials, his get-out-the-vote effort will, as the pundits have said, dwarf the McCain campaign's final push. But in fairness, you have to admit, he is getting there in part on a broken promise."


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I asked this question on TWKK over a week ago....CAN THE PRESIDENCY BE BOUGHT???


And lest you think this is just a conservative rant, I was prepared to vote for Hillary. And I'm a Libertarian, as far right as it gets. Obama leaves a lot to be desired.


WW


Disclaimer: These are the opinions of WW, not Skittles, The Huntess


8 comments:

momsbusy said...

interesting article. seems to be another election where we must "choose between the lesser of two evils."

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

We have already voted. In our town we can vote early and of course we voted for Chey.
~ The Bunch

DeadMule said...

Interesting, yes. But how many other US presidencies have been bought? And what politician doesn't lie?

I voted for Obama.
Helen

And I'm planning to vote for Skittles. Sweet Rosie O'Cat

BTW, Why can't cats vote early?

Skittles, The Huntress said...

Helen,

I think next election we should skip the campaigning and put the office of President of the US on Ebay.

WW

Rosie,

Thanks for your vote! BTW: Sam, the Marmalade cat has his own blog now. He may visit you from time to time.
Skittles

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Politics-from the latin-Poli, meaning many and Tics being bloodsucking creatures...how can you tell a politician is lying? Their lips are moving...yeah, mom hates politics and politicians. This week she's fuming about our school board president making $180,000 a year and then having the nerve to tell the city council that property taxes need to be raised because the schools have a shortfall...

Fred said...

Just as long as he doesn't interfere with the World Series.

Anonymous said...

What's a Liberarian? A cross between a Librarian and a Libertarian? Interesting concept.

Ann

Skittles, The Huntress said...

Ann,

Thanks for catching the typo!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress