Re: 2010 Obama says Super Pacs are a threat to democracy! 2012 Now they are OK!!
posted at 2/7/2012 12:41 PM EST
In Response to Re: 2010 Obama says Super Pacs are a threat to democracy! 2012 Now they are OK!!
[QUOTE]In Response to 2010 Obama says Super Pacs are a threat to democracy! 2012 Now they are OK!! : Well, no, he's saying the same thing said in defense of red states who express outrage at government largesse, redistribution of wealth, and "pork", all while taking government largesse, redistribution of wealth, and "pork" from blue states via the federal government. I talked to some BDC conservatives about that, and they said that this isn't hypocrisy because if there's money, you can take it even if you oppose taking it. So I'm not sure what the complaint is about Obama here? He said Super PACs are bad, then said, "well money is here, so I'll take it while expressing outrage." Either both are hypocrites, or neither are. Which is it? And if they're both hypocrites for doing what they claim to be against, what exactly is the RNC person who is expressing outrage at this decision? A prototype Do*che-o-matic 3000? _____________________________________________________ WASHINGTON — President Obama is signaling to wealthy Democratic donors that he wants them to start contributing to an outside group supporting his re-election, reversing a long-held position as he confronts a deep financial disadvantage on a vital front in the campaign . Aides said the president had signed off on a plan to dispatch cabinet officials, senior advisers at the White House and top campaign staff members to deliver speeches on behalf of Mr. Obama at fund-raising events for Priorities USA Action, the leading Democratic “super PAC,” whose fund-raising has been dwarfed by Republican groups. The new policy was presented to the campaign’s National Finance Committee in a call Monday evening and announced in an e-mail to supporters. “We’re not going to fight this fight with one hand tied behind our back,” Jim Messina, the manager of Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign, said in an interview. “With so much at stake, we can’t allow for two sets of rules. Democrats can’t be unilaterally disarmed.” Neither the president, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., nor their wives will attend fund-raising events or solicit donations for the Democratic group. A handful of officials from the administration and the campaign will appear on behalf of Mr. Obama, aides said, but will not directly ask for money. The decision, which comes nine months before Election Day, escalates the money wars and is a milestone in Mr. Obama’s evolving stances on political fund-raising. The lines have increasingly blurred between presidential campaigns and super PACs, which have flourished since a 2010 Supreme Court ruling and other legal and regulatory decisions made it easier for outside groups to raise unlimited donations to promote candidates. The Republican National Committee sharply criticized the decision. A spokesman, Joe Pounder, declared: “Yet again, Barack Obama has proven he will literally do anything to win an election, including changing positions on the type of campaign spending he called nothing short of ‘a threat to our democracy.’ ” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/us/politics/with-a-signal-to-donors-obama-yields-on-super-pacs.html?hp#h
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Obviously both are hypocrites but, only one is the LEADER of the free world!