Back in the year 2000 and again in 2004, GW Bush actually decided to opt out of public campaign financing on the basis that he was getting his large donations from big business interests. In 2004, Senator John Kerry followed suit and also opted out of public campaign financing in his race for the White House. So I would certainly suggest that CNN should correct its Thursday 19th of June 2008 report that Senator Barack Obama is the first presidential candidate to opt out of public campaign financing as part of his fundraising ability. — He is only the first accepts no PAC money and receives tons of small donor money presidential candidate to opt out of public campaign financing.
Senator Russ Feingold demonstrates that yet again there are Democrats who have no spine. Even Bill Bennett agreed that Senator Obama may “not be principled” but “he is” still “smart.” Smart in the fact that Senator Obama will have to fight and fend off the Republican attack machine. He will need much moolah to do it. You can be sure that the GOP won’t be acting on “principle” in going after Senator Obama. So, if he is to gain the White House, he may as well have the means at his disposal.
Here is a real laugh for the day: A fellow selling election year buttons, this according to what is found on CNN “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer;” seems there is a fellow who put what he called a “funny” on campaign buttons by asking if should [Senator] Obama win the White House if we can continue to call it that. The GOP got into a public huff over what it called “racism.” Well now, a little reminder for the GOP, they were playing up racism since the creation of “the Southern strategy.” They were certainly exploiting race as an African-American with a middle eastern sounding name decided to announce for the presidency. Isn’t it a little late to cry “racism” over some silly button now?