When the going gets rough, Barack Obama’s principles get going.
Marc Ambinder notes that Obama is abandoning his previous statements on outside groups:
There’s been a spurt of 527 activity on behalf of Sen. John McCain, but Barack Obama campaign has suddenly gone silent on the subject.
That’s because, after of year of telling donors not to contribute to 527 groups, of encouraging strategists not to form them and of suggesting that outside messaging efforts would not be welcome in Obama’s Democratic Party, Obama’s strategists have changed their approach.
An Obama adviser privy to the campaign’s internal thinking on the matter says that,with less than two months before the election and with the realization that Republicans have achieved financial parity with Democrats, they hope that Democratic allies — what another campaign aide termed “the cavalry” — with come to Obama’s aid.
This is the same guy who was for the public financing system until he realized he could raise more money outside of it. This is the same guy who took on the Chicago Daley machines opponents in State Senator Alice Palmer and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). This is the same guy who was for a bipartisan ethics proposal with John McCain until the Democratic leaders in the Senate yanked his chain and brought him back into line.
This guy doesn’t do what’s right. He does what’s right for him.