So Obama appears to be on track to raise $60 million in a month. What’s more, that month is February — which, even with the leap year, is kinda short.
This is why Allahpundit says, regarding the likelihood of Obama standing by his pledge to take public financing: “Not a chance.”
Yeah, that’s right. He made a promise and he’ll break it. You think this is something new for him?
Russert: When we talked back in November of ‘04 after your election, I said, “There’s been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your six-year term as United States senator from Illinois?” Obama: “Absolutely.”
Obama: I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things. But my thinking has not changed.
Russert: So you will not run for president or vice president in 2008?
Obama: I will not.
As Homer Simpson says: Then it’s settled.
Ah, but I hear you saying: politicians all do that.
Right. It’s politics as usual. That’s the point. Mr. “Change” is Mr. “Politics as Usual.”
And he will not go back on that public financing pledge . . . unless it becomes really inconvenient, and gets in the way of his becoming President. Which it would. If he’s raising $60 million in a month, it really, really would be very, very inconvenient.
Which is why he will go back on that public financing pledge.
But surely McCain will get some political mileage out of it? Hah! From Big Media? McCain pointing this out will be portrayed as whining, evidence of his weakness and inability to compete on the fundraising front.
I see it all laid out before me like a movie I’m watching right now.
Except, if it were a movie, I already would have gotten up and left.