Unfortunately, it was during the chaos of my website meltdown that Barack Obama announced that he would not be taking the public campaign financing and run on his own donated money. The media has been making a big deal of this, and of course, so has John McCain. Ideologically, its a bit of a disappointment to see Obama or any politician not take public financing.
But those of us with a brain knew months ago that Obama wouldn’t be taking the public money, so while it might not seem like a great thing for those of us who support Clean Money, it’s not the huge surprise the media would like to believe it is. It’s also just not the most interesting issue for many voters, which is why no one on the Democratic side has bothered hitting John McCain on his own public financing problems – it’s all just too esoteric.
But what is amusing is to watch the media, which has sat idly by while Republicans have out-raised Democrats in every single contest from President to Podunk Dog Catcher, suddenly find itself so concerned with the fairness of campaign finance when the situation is reversed. It’s even more amusing to hear Republicans who actively work against Clean Money whenever it comes up suddenly clutching the pearls because Obama didn’t take the taxpayer dollars.
And all of this to be entirely ignored by the public. No one really cares, it’s just Republicans flailing.