‘Na­tional farce’

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“Nearly half­way to choos­ing the next pres­i­dent, vot­ers are wit­ness­ing an amaz­ing spec­ta­cle in ad­di­tion to the Barack Obama-Hil­lary Clin­ton scrum. All three of the con­tenders are avowed be­liev­ers in ever more re­stric­tive and con­vo­luted cam­paign-fi­nance laws. They are also prov­ing, with their ev­ery de­ci­sion, why those laws have be­come a na­tional farce,” the Wall Street Jour­nal says in an edi­to­rial.

“With his fund rais­ing headed for the strato­sphere, Mr. Obama has trans­formed him­self from earnest re­former to Sen­a­tor Money­bags will­ing to re­nege on his pledge to ac­cept pub­lic fi­nanc­ing. Mrs. Clin­ton flirted ini­tially with an­other donor scan­dal, and now her big givers are maxed out, so even she has to scram­ble for cash for the later pri­maries. And John McCain, the caped cru­sader of re­form for more than a decade, has taken to bend­ing rules so he can re­main com­pet­i­tive: His cam­paign pledged his el­i­gi­bil­ity for fed­eral match­ing funds as col­lat­eral for a bank loan, then de­clined pub­lic fund­ing and its spend­ing lim­its for the pri­mary sea­son,” the news­pa­per said.

“If you don’t like how this looks, send your com­plaints to the three can­di­dates. They were all pro­po­nents of fund-rais­ing rules sold as a way to ‘cleanse’ the sys­tem. Send your com­plaints as well to the good­gov­ern­ment types who pledge al­le­giance to the idea that money is the root of po­lit­i­cal evil. They have had their way since the Water­gate era, pass­ing re­form af­ter re­form.”

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