It was all part of the new, post-racial, “change you can believe in” politics.
“That’s why I’m voting for Senator Obama.“
If he got his party’s nomination, Sen. Obama promised to campaign using public funds. He said he didn’t want “to be beholden to the special interests.”
He got the nomination and now Obama’s taking hundreds of millions from those special interests he said he didn’t want “to be beholden to.”
His public funds pledge? Forget about it.
But there was still his pledge not to encourage and get involved with those nasty 527s.
We were led to believe only Republicans did that.
Obama Come to Save Us made it clear he’d never get involved with the 527s.
From Marc Ambinder at the Obama-supporting, left-wing The Atlantic.com:
… An Obama adviser privy to the campaign's internal thinking on the matter [of 527s] says that, with less than two months before the election and with the realization that Republicans have achieved financial parity with Democrats, they hope that Democratic allies -- what another campaign aide termed "the cavalry" -- will come to Obama's aid. [ Financial parity? It’s polls showing a McCain-Palin surge that has Team Obama and his MSM Tank Corps panicked and calling in the 527 “cavalry.” - - JinC]There’s more.
The Obama campaign can't ask donors to form outside groups; it can only communicate, through the public and the media, with body language, tells and hints.
The upshot: Obama's campaign will no longer object to independent efforts that hammer John McCain, just as, in their mind, the McCain campaign has not objected to those efforts targeted at Obama. "I assume with their 527s stirring, some [Democratic] ones will as well," another senior campaign official said.
The money is there. The top two 527s -- the Service Employees International Union and America Votes -- are liberal in orientation. The SEIU fund has contributed to other 527 efforts, and America Votes has earmarked most of its money for what it calls the "largest grassroots voter mobilization" in history. . . .
You can read it all here.
World’s easiest prediction: The slimes and smears we’ve seen from major news organizations seeking to destroy Gov. Sarah Palin’s personal reputation and public career will seem like nothing in a few weeks.
Team Obama and Obama’s Tank Corps are just warming up.