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Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Obama: "Super PAC's for me, but not for thee".

Ever since the SCOTUS decision on Citizens United back in 2010, President Obama has been railing against the Super-PAC's the landmark ruling allowed, calling them a "threat to democracy".

Apparently he's had a change of heart and decided that since he needs Super-PAC's to campaign on his behalf, they're actually OK. Yesterday he asked a room full of rich donors to give their money to his own Super-PAC called Priorities-USA. Obviously the media will let him have it both ways and won't even ask a question about the glaring hypocrisy. Administration officials are excusing it by saying that the President should be able to play by the same rules as everybody else, but principles are principles and Obama clearly has none.


Bill Lockhart said...

I had to look this up to even find out what they were. So now you can have a big money machine that is "independant" . But can talk to and listen to candidates? Sounds like subterfuge to me. I don't know why Obama first hated them and now is going to bow to them and beg. Are they mostly conservative money and that is why he first railed against them?

Ed said...

No, his objection to Super-PAC's stemmed from the Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case which essentially gutted McCain/Feindold campaign finance reform laws. McCain/Feingold basically stripped all money out of campaigns and handed control of campaign information over to the media. Democrats like Obama loved that because he knew the media were on his side. That's why he was against Super-PAC's. Now that everybody and his brother have Super-PAC's, he figured he'd better get on board himself. I don't have a problem with that except that it exposes his hypocrisy on the matter.