Thursday, July 17, 2008

Support For Obama Increases As McCain Campaign Stumbles Around Hopelessly


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While the media is abuzz with Obama's huge campaign contributions haul for June, ($52 million), not quite record breaking in the field of presidential monthly contributions (he holds the record, $55 million from last February), but still significantly more than Big Business' best friend has managed this month ($22 million). House Republicans say McCain is a lazy fundraiser-- he's just depending on a pack or corrupt, criminally-oriented lobbyists to bring in the cash-- and hasn't even asked them for donations. And they haven't given him any.

Today's Hill says McCain has done OK in the Senate, where nearly half the Republicans and Joe Lieberman have donated money to his campaign. But in the House, something like one in five have given. Even members of the leadership, like Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Howdy Doody (R-FL), haven't donated to McCain. In fact only 21 House Republicans have contributed to McCain-- and that includes a $96 in-kind donation from Mike Castle (R-DE), who let McCain's campaign borrow a secretary for a few hours. One Republican who did come through for McCain big time-- despite McCain's flip flopping on adoption by gay couples-- is GOP closet queen David Dreier, who forked over $5,000.
The lack of financial gifts raises questions about McCain’s relationship with members of the lower chamber. McCain has clashed throughout his career with House Republicans on issues ranging from immigration to campaign finance reform to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A survey by The Hill in June found more than a dozen House Republicans who refused to endorse McCain, even though he will be the party’s standard-bearer this fall.

Instead of raising money from normal GOP sources-- other than Big Business, of course, which has bankrolled his whole effort so far-- McCain and his lobbyists have been wasting their time appealing to the NAACP and trying to appeal to a tiny handful of disgruntled, confused and/or racist Hillary Clinton supporters.

It couldn't have come as good news to McCain yesterday when Larry Hunter, a former Reagan staffer who is "a lifelong Republican-- a supply-side conservative-- [who] was the chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years [and] helped write the Republican Contract with America," penned an OpEd for the NY Daily News about why he's voting for Obama. Short version: like most even remotely sane Americans, regardless of political party Hunter knows America cannot survive a third George Bush term and he is certain that John McCain is the embodiment of exactly that.
When I first made this decision, many colleagues were shocked. How could I support a candidate with a domestic policy platform that's antithetical to almost everything I believe in?

The answer is simple: Unjustified war and unconstitutional abridgment of individual rights vs. ill-conceived tax and economic policies-- this is the difference between venial and mortal sins.

Taxes, economic policy and health care reform matter, of course. But how we extract ourselves from the bloody boondoggle in Iraq, how we avoid getting into a war with Iran and how we preserve our individual rights while dealing with real foreign threats-- these are of greater importance.

John McCain would continue the Bush administration's commitment to interventionism and constitutional overreach. Obama promises a humbler engagement with our allies, while promising retaliation against any enemy who dares attack us. That's what conservatism used to mean-- and it's what George W. Bush promised as a candidate.

...Even if my hopes on domestic policy are dashed and Obama reveals himself as an unreconstructed, dyed-in-the-wool, big-government liberal, I'm still voting for him.

These past eight years, we have spent over a trillion dollars on foreign soil - and lost countless lives-- and done what I consider irreparable damage to our Constitution.

If economic damage from well-intentioned but misbegotten Obama economic schemes is the ransom we must pay him to clean up this foreign policy mess, then so be it. It's not nearly as costly as enduring four more years of what we suffered the last eight years.

Well, at least McCain has Big Oil behind him.

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At 12:24 PM, Blogger Ferrell Gummitt said...

Yep, you sold me this absolutely seals the deal. President Barack Obama here we come. Future President Obama should now start consulting President John Kerry and Former President Michael Dukakis about the protocols of inauguration day, whom to nominate for cabinet posts and what color drapes go best in the Oval Office right now.

At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Support has increased as it should. You hear the opinions of cattle that don't question the corruptness that surrounds them on a daily basis. Many hear the buzz words without explaination of how they will achieve what they say. The problem with McCain is that most of his financing will be coming from people that vote with their pocket book as opposed to Obama who will receive most of his financing in low contributions via the net. This alone puts him in a position to create true change. While McCain will need to focus on scratching the backs of the few gluttonous pigs that got hime there, Obama will have achieved his financing from the masses and can focus on the betterment of the whole as opposed to the satisfaction of the few. Our economy is in shambles at the moment and the only way that we are going to improve it is by reducing our spending on imports. However, with McCains plan of staying in Iraq for an undisclosed timeline, causes us to have an undisclosed timeline of running the treasury bill printers and creating a mountain of debt with China. In turn, we take the borrowed money and invest it into imports overseas in support of the war efforts. If we do not reduce and leave in a fairly efficient time frame, we will continue to see a depreciating currency without the follow-up of an increase in our balance of trade (i.e. exports over imports i.e. surplus v. deficit). Though the purchase of overseas oil is playing into this as well, movement towards alternative fuel should begin to cut this dependance down. However, I believe that our departure from Iraq would result in an improvement in our economy. I feel that these two things go hand in hand, and I feel that Obama is the man to make this happen.

At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain does get money from the voters pocketbook, but then that is who he is working for. All of these RICH, ONLINE donators for Obama opens the door to special favors not in the best interest of the votors. Obama is out for one person... himself. McCain is country first. Even though Obama may pay taxes as I do that doesn't make him a patriot. I am a democrat voting for McCain. I find Obama to have no character and no commitment to country. If you want to know his character... check his friends. Start with his former Pastor... who he gave up for votes and not because it was the right thing to do. He WILL lose.


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