Yesterday I discussed how Obama was betraying one of overarching narratives of his campaign… that he was a new kind of politician and was above going negative… well, that is simply not true as I show HERE.
And now we find out that Barack Obama, who has long decried the large donors and talked about how small donors were the key to his success, is now personally soliciting soft money… some of the dirtiest money around.
Why? Because the DNC is having trouble paying for his rockstar coronation and is facing a budget shortfall…
From The LA TIMES
Facing a large deficit in the Democratic National Convention budget, officials from Barack Obama’s campaign have begun personally soliciting labor unions and others for contributions of up to $1 million. In exchange, donors could get stadium skyboxes for Obama’s acceptance speech and other perks.
Obama has regularly criticized politicians seeking large donations outside the framework of campaign finance regulations — so-called soft money — while touting the virtues of relying on small donations.
Oh, and here is my favorite part…
“While we recognize that the steps we have taken are not perfect or even a perfect symbol, they do reflect the fact that Barack Obama shares the urgent desire of the American people to change the way Washington operates.”
And how is that? By working loopholes in the system and selling special briefings, skyboxes and tickets in a package that runs $1,000,000 so that you can have the most self-aggrandizing primary coronation of all time?
That doesn’t sound like a different kind of politics to me… and certainly only symbolizes that, in a narcisistic crunch, all of Obama’s ideals go under the bus so that he can play President Superstar.
You know, if you are gonna run around talkin all that game, you should at least somewhat resemble what you are talking about… DAYUM.