19 June 2008

Politics as Usual

Forget what I said about the thing at that place that one time:

In November 2007, Obama answered "Yes" to Common Cause when asked "If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?" Obama wrote: "In February 2007, I proposed a novel way to preserve the strength of the public financing system in the 2008 election. My plan requires both major party candidates to agree on a fundraising truce, return excess money from donors, and stay within the public financing system for the general election.

"The true test of a candidate for President is whether he will stand on principle and keep his word to the American people. Barack Obama has failed that test today, and his reversal of his promise to participate in the public finance system undermines his call for a new type of politics. Barack Obama is now the first presidential candidate since Watergate to run a campaign entirely on private funds. This decision will have far-reaching and extraordinary consequences that will weaken and undermine the public financing system.”

"Hey you, the one that 'doesn't look American,' could you step out of the picture please?"

Two Muslim women at Barack Obama’s rally in Detroit on Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women’s headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate. The campaign has apologized to the women, both Obama supporters who said they felt betrayed by their treatment at the rally.

The candidate has vigorously denied a false, viral rumor that he himself is Muslim. But the denials at times seem to imply to some that there is something wrong with the faith, though Obama occasionally adds that he means no disrespect to Islam. “I was coming to support him, and I felt like I was discriminated against by the very person who was supposed to be bringing this change, who I could really relate to,” said Hebba Aref, a 25-year-old lawyer who lives in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills.

An Obama aide also noted that the campaign has no policy against the candidate’s appearing with women in headscarves: The next morning at Wayne State University, Obama posed for a picture with a student wearing a hijab.

Well, I guess that fixes everything. Somebody seems to have an Islam problem. I think the shine is fast leaving the new shiny thing.


Sornie said...

I think that the woman in the scarf was moved so that folks at a certain cable news channel wouldn't be able to play the lie of a talking point about Obama being a Muslim.

OctaneBoy said...

a certain cable news channel wouldn't be able to play the lie of a talking point

That could be, and it's likely the photo op sanfu was the actions of star struck, flunky volunteers, but if you run a presidential campaign in a manner that actively seeks to avoid giving ammunition a single 'enemy' then you eye is not on the ball.