Campbell Brown: Obama’s gotten here, in part, based on a broken promise

Posted by: ST on October 29, 2008 at 12:04 am

Hmm. I wonder how much hate email Brown has received tonight over this one?

Without question, Obama has set the bar at new height with a truly staggering sum of cash. And that is why as we approach this November, it is worth reminding ourselves what Barack Obama said last November.

One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits.

Then it became clear to Sen. Obama and his campaign that he was going to be able to raise on his own far more cash than he would get with public financing. So Obama went back on his word.

He broke his promise and he explained it by arguing that the system is broken and that Republicans know how to work the system to their advantage. He argued he would need all that cash to fight the ruthless attacks of 527s, those independent groups like the Swift Boat Veterans. It’s funny though, those attacks never really materialized.

The Washington Post pointed out recently that the bad economy has meant a cash shortage among the 527s and that this election year they have been far less influential.

The courageous among Obama’s own supporters concede this decision was really made for one reason, simply because it was to Obama’s financial advantage.

On this issue today, former Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, an Obama supporter, writes in The New York Post, “a hypocrite is a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue — who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. And that, it seems to me, is what we are doing now.”

Here’s Kerrey’s op/ed in full.

Some liberals who read this may think I’m bringing it up simply because they believe I’m “jealous” of how much money Obama has raised. But it’s really not an issue of jealousy (and we’ll just ignore for the moment some of the questionable ways he’s raising that money). It’s more about being consistent with your word – and as we’ve seen time and time again throughout this campaign, Barack Obama, the candidate who has claimed to be a “different” kind of candidate, has essentially run one of the most dishonest campaigns in modern history, and the issue of public funding for campaigns is just one example of many. While it’s true that every politico has been dishonest more than once, Obama has taken it to absurd heights.

Probably the two most glaring examples of Obama’s dishonesty are how not only he has portrayed himself as someone he’s not (for example: He’s not beholden to lobbyists and special interests? Ha!) but he’s portrayed McCain as another Bush, and any conservative who has had to grit their teeth over McCain’s “maverick moves” over the years knows he’s hardly a Bush stooge.

And the repeated use of the race card from both him, his campaign, and his campaign’s surrogates … well, that’s the far cry from the “racial healer” Obama has implied he will be. Can’t bridge those racial divides if you’re too busy widening them.

I don’t know. It’s late, I’m tired and I’m rambling. I just can’t believe we’re one week away from the election. Will McCain’s divided government argument win? Or will Obama and his party essentially be rewarded with 4 years of total domination in DC? Will common sense prevail? Or will Obama’s celebrity status rule the day?

RSS feed for comments on this post.

4 Responses to “Campbell Brown: Obama’s gotten here, in part, based on a broken promise”


  1. Charlie says:

    Campbell Brown? Someone watch her back over this one. Maybe there is some journalistic integrity left out there afterall.

    Sis, it’s not that McCain’s arguments are not enough…they won’t get the airplay between now and Monday night. I’ve tossed this debate around with pundits via email anmd phone calls and most everyone I talk to about elections. Elections are not decided by money alone, but money is what gets your message out. Back when the immigration bill was trying to get shoved off on us, I must have gotten a dozen calls for contributions. My response was, “Finish the fence, close the borders and I’ll send you a check.”

    This 2008 campaign has, until the primaries wrapped up, been about getting a conservative on the ticket. Bush became less of one economically and on immigration as each year passed and it became very evident that it was not to be this time around.
    The concentration was on Hillary…who could beat her? Once she was tossed under the bus, all bets were off. Obama was a different adversary. He took on the philosophy that in order to beat the opponent, money speaks not only louder than words, it can, indeed, shut your opponent down…hence the “broken promise”…He knew full well that McCain was a man of his word from McCain Feingold…just reach accross the aisle to John, shake his hand with your emty hand’s fingers crossed behind your back…Obama’s way of saying, “Thanks for the votes suckers:)” Chicago politics has served the junior senator well.

    Obama is “the one” to many though he most certainly does not walk on water. His opponents as well as his admirers had better not mind getting splattered with mud as he splashes through the puddles on his way to power. Campaign finance is not fair, nor, unless it is regulated (forgive the word), will it ever be. A billionaire can invest his fortune in his bid for election. A $250,000/year plumbing company owner doesn’t stand a chance. Has anyone noticed that Congress looks very much like an aristocracy rather than par of a representative republic? Take a look under the dome. You’ll not find the middle class represented there.

    Was Obama dishonest in his promise to McCain? Yes. Does it matter to the left-wing? To the vast majority, no. We might do well to remember a certain Arkansas governor who promised not to raise taxes on the middle class. I believe it was 25 days after he took ofice when he appeared on televison and broke the bad news to the middle class; “the numbers just don’t add up the same as they did the week before the election *sigh*…you’re going to have a tax increase”.

    I’m sure that former governor has briefed Obama on how to handle that little charade as well. I hope Clinton also shares what he felt like when the Democrats lost the majority in Congress in 1994.

    Keep the faith and keep talking…giving up is the most un-American thing any of us can do.

  2. Steve Skubinna says:

    Not only has he broken that promise, but he has raised who knows how much money illegally, from overseas and anonymous donors, blatantly violating limits on contributions.

    And then there’s the sterling work by his joined-at-the-hip pals at ACORN in fraudulent registrations, including encouraging non residents to register.

    His campaign is absolutely the most corrupt I have seen in my life. It rivals the great Democrat machines of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

    But this is supposed to be a new kind of politics. It might seem impossible, but so far Obama has shown he possesses far less integrity than did Bill Clinton. In that regard, he is something new and amazing.

  3. Bilby says:

    They’re willing to report this now because they believe it’s too late to change the race. We can expect a wave of this kind of thing the next week.

  4. Lorica says:

    Bilby, with a 2 percent margin and 6 percent undecided, their belief might just be wrong. – Lorica