Poking fun at Mr.O's decision not to do the public financing thing. I know how he felt when the audience was less than receptive, but it's . <br><br>So, how about that? Mr.O's decision not to . . . oh wait. Nobody's mentioned it, so I guess it's just not all that interesting. <br><br>And before anybody flames me, give it a rest and at least catch a clip of the show if you missed it. Wicked funny.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:white]xx</font color=white>[color:blue]I always deserve it. Really.</font color=blue><br><br>
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Sure, it's disappointing that Sen. Obama decided against taking public money. It does seem that you only hear about the evils of money in politics from the people who have none.. And while I am sure I could draw some moral equivalency and point out McCain's insistence on keeping connected lobbyists very close in his campaign, I am not voting for Sen. Obama because Sen. McCain is worse.<br><br>Maybe this is a big deal. I don't like seeing Sen. Obama giving the impression to anyone that he is open to the corrupting influence of money in politics when the current occupant of the White House metaphorically hung a "policy for sale" sign out front. I also think that Sen. Obama's rationale about Republicans gaming 527 organizations is dead on for four years ago, but rings a little hollow today. That's not to say that some swiftboating organization might spring up, and probably will spring up, but it won't be as effective this time and Sen. Obama's campaign knows that.<br><br>But maybe this is not a big deal. As far as the corrupting influence of money is concerned, Sen. Obama has managed to put in place a fundraising mechanism that protects against it. The Obama campaign's fundraising has been built on a pretty simple premise, be as open as possible and people will participate. Some people have asked what public financing matters when you have 1.5 million donors and I am inclined to agree there.<br><br>Returning to Sen. McCain, it would be disingenuous to make this an issue. It was his campaign that used federal funds as collateral on a loan without accepting them. That's pretty scummy. It does not excuse anything Sen. Obama might do, but look at what we are comparing here... things Sen. McCain has done to things that Sen. Obama might do.<br><br>That's why this might just not be a big deal.<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U
Stewart's a comedian, and it's good to see that he can make fun of both parties. That's what a comedian does. All the crap about the "liberal" media ignores the fact that the media's task is to criticize those who are in power, and for the last quarter century that's been the so-called conservatives.<br><br>[color:red]</font color=red> [color:orange]</font color=orange> [color:yellow]</font color=yellow> [color:green]</font color=green> [color:blue]</font color=blue> [color:purple]</font color=purple>
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The Obama campaign has sworn off special interest and 527 contributions. His fund raising has consisted mostly of many, many small donations from many individuals. The classification of large donors as having contributed over $200 is misleading. I overheard on NPR's All Things Considered that one nurse who had contributed over $200 by making monthly donations of $20 - $25, was surprised to learn that she was considered a large donor. The entire political campaign funding system needs a huge overhaul.<br><br>
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