Let it not be said that we here at TheVIMH are anti-conservation. As an example, we are going to reduce, reuse and recycle!
Because this post’s beginning turns out to be repeatingly reuseful, we recycle it here to reduce the sweat and tears necessary to put a new post together:
Obama has oft repeated the words of John F. Kennedy, “let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate”.
And while the quote is specifically referencing foreign policy, surely there is at least some parallel to this campaign.
That post dealt with Obama negotiating with Hillary.
But now that she has been properly disposed of, Obama has some negotiating to do with McCain, right?
Well, we’ve seen the fervor with which he negotiates with McCain over the debates.
And now we see Obama’s zeal for negotiation is itself negotiable:
Senator Barack Obama's announcement Thursday that he would finance his campaign with private contributions was the final step of a slow walk away from public financing that began almost as soon as his campaign started 17 months ago.
Obama said he'd pursue public financing "aggressively." He committed to it in a written questionnaire. He even said, repeatedly, that he would meet personally with Senator John McCain to discuss a deal.
Instead, his campaign never even asked the Republican's aides for a meeting on the subject. And Obama, both campaigns said, never asked for a face-to-face meeting with McCain.
Now, it would be unfair of us to claim that it is fear that kept Obama from negotiating with McCain on public financing. Indeed, it is Obama who holds the position of strength here – his amazing money-raising operation pretty much demands that he opt out of public financing to maintain a clear advantage his campaign has over that of McCain’s.
But it would be unfair of Obama to claim that he represents anything other than a craven, power-hungry politician for whom the end of achieving that power will justify any means, including lying to his opponent and to the American people.
And since we are fully convinced that Obama will continue to claim his new-politics, post-partisan hopechange title, unfairly, we feel fully unconstrained by any need to be fair ourselves.
So. Why did Obama fail to sit down with John McCain and negotiate the issue of public financing for the two campaigns in this election?
Because he’s chicken.