This is change we can believe in?
Times must be tough over at the Obama camp. Their brilliant strategy of a 75,000-attended acceptance speech was overshadowed by an even more brilliant strategy of picking Sarah Palin the very next morning. Then Palin turns around and gets as many people to tune into her as Obama. If that wasn’t enough, Palin is helping McCain and the RNC raise a tremendous amount of money as the Republican Party re-energizes around their ticket, while Obama is having trouble meeting his fundraising goals. And poll after poll now shows McCain leading Obama.
But Obama, halfway through his freshman term in Washington, has learned when you’re on the ropes, nothing works better than a little political expediency. Marc Ambinder reports:
After of year of telling donors not to contribute to 527 groups, of encouraging strategists not to form them and of suggesting that outside messaging efforts would not be welcome in Obama’s Democratic Party, Obama’s strategists have changed their approach.
Just like Obama once believed that public financing was a way to maintain the integrity of elections in America until it proved to be a practical liability, Obama now is signaling that 527 groups like MoveOn.org and their “General Betray Us” tactics are exactly what Obama needs and wants in his Democratic Party.
Partisan Democrats, of course, will cheer this decision and pundits will talk again about how Obama made the right political decision by breaking yet another pledge. And I don’t begrudge the Junior Senator one bit for using the same tactics that have been used in elections past by both parties in an effort to tear down the other side. But can he please stop yammering about being “post-partisan” and changing Washington?