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Sunday, February 17, 20081203291397

Will America get the debate out of Obama that we need?

This post is not about Barack Obama refusing to debate Hillary Clinton before the Wisconsin primary. Clinton's camp have been masterful at spinning debates to their advantage, so of course he wants to limit how much damage they can do. In this way Barack Obama is like George Bush in 2000: ineloquent in a debate format, and therefore rationally hesitant to submit to it.


Rather, I'm thinking of the debate between the reasonable approaches of Barack Obama and John McCain that I used as justification for supporting Barack Obama for Democratic nominee. To enter the debate, Obama needs to keep his words and accept public financing.

I'm writing this because Obama is considering betraying those who supported him up to now and attempted to win the general election in an ad blitz.

I hope Obama stays true to his words. I hope his first act as Democratic nominee is not to stab in the back those supported him while he was fighting to get there.


Obama did not explicitly promise to accept public financing. Being Harvard Law School educated, he was careful about his words.

"Obama's precise statement was, and has always been, "If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election." That's an artful statement, and it's not artful in a "meaning of 'is'" sense -- it's exactly the right answer. A commitment to "preserve a publicly financed election" would have to mean much more than whether both participate in the system. It would require some significant agreement about how to handle outside money, 527s, "Swift Boat"-type attack groups, party money, etc., and other factors that have undermined the last two publicly financed elections, from both sides. It is hardly an evasion to describe this as an agreement to be negotiated, rather than a simple pledge."


Harvard Law School strikes again!

Posted by: Adrian | Sunday, February 17, 2008


Very Clintonesque of Obama, and (if this holds & foreshadows a general style) very bad for the country.

"It would require some significant agreement about how to handle outside money, 527s, "

Unless Obama is advocating felonious conduct, I assume not. There cannot be coordinating between 527s and campaigns. Arguing that campaigns should collude with each other in their coordination does not make such a wrongdoing go away.

Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Sunday, February 17, 2008

I'd be happy if the racist media just treated Obama like any other candidate. Why no inquiries into Obama's Black Nationalist church? Don't they believe in equality?

Posted by: Seerov | Monday, February 18, 2008


I have seen MSM criticism of Huckabee's church declaration that wives should graciously submit to their husbands. But aside from some conservative blogs and TUCC's own homepage, I haven't heard a word about the Black Value System [1].

[1] http://www.tucc.org/scholarship_pdf/black%20value%20system.pdf.

Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Monday, February 18, 2008