Lawrence Lessig has some sane things to say about why, while Obama’s support of the FISA bill with telco immunity might have been bad politics, and was an instance of “self-swiftboating,” the left’s reaction to it has been hysterical.
Before Barack Obama was a candidate, I came to trust Larry Lessig as a thoughtful and principled observer of politics. (I just tried to find the post in his blog where it really hit me that this guy was probably smarter than me on these things, but I can’t find it.)
I also think that Lessig’s current crusade — to eliminate the corrupting effects of big money on politics — is one of the most important issues in American politics today.
Now that Barack Obama is a candidate, the most powerful factor in allowing me to support and trust him is that Larry knows him personally, taught with him, and thinks that he will do the right thing for America, especially on the issue of corruption.
For me that is worth a lot.
So I’m inclined to listen to him on these issues and not get all in a tizzy because Obama did not make the choice I wanted him to on this issue, and did not fulfill a foolish promise.
That’s what I’m talkin’ bout.
It’s been less than two days since he crossed the delegate threshold to become the Democratic presidential nominee and Sen. Barack Obama’s mark on the party is already being felt.
On Good Morning America Thursday, ABC News’ Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos reported “the Democratic National Committee will no longer accept contributions from federal lobbyists, will no longer take contributions from PACs” in keeping with Obama’s well-publicized policy.
[From Obama’s In Control: No More Lobbyist Contributions To Democratic Party – Politics on The Huffington Post]
I don’t actually think that policy is very well-publicized. I hope it gets more so.
GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County Republicans continue to claim a recent break-in at their Grand Rapids headquarters was politically motivated
And one party leader publicly blamed unnamed Democrats in a mass e-mail sent to supporters.
“We knew the Democrats would do anything to win, but we didn’t expect this!” wrote Kent GOP Chair Dave Dishaw in a note asking for money to help cover “costs” and support candidates. […]
Moore also said he received threatening phone calls two weeks ago when Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama held a rally in Grand Rapids, though he did not report them to police.
[From GOP blames Democrats for break-in; police find no political motive – Latest News – The Grand Rapids Press – MLive.com]
I guess Mr. Dishaw thinks that G. Gordon Liddy has defected to the Democrats…
I imagine that there are a lot of people on his mailing lists which will eat that fundraising letter right up.
One day after President Bush likened presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama to those who appeased Adolph Hitler, the ghost of the president’s grandfather, Prescott Bush – in an SS uniform, muttering German and gesticulating angrily – has been hovering high above the White House since dawn.
An anonymous Bush administration staffer said the White House initially believed MoveOn.org, which many administration officials have compared to Hamas, had orchestrated the specter of Bush’s grandfather. (Prescott Bush, a true American hero, helped fund Hitler’s war machine and, as the BBC revealed last year, co-conspired to overthrow President Roosevelt to create a Nazi-style government in America.) But MoveOn.org spokesman Adam Green denied his organization’s involvement, saying, “Dude, if we could do that, we would’ve done it a long, long time ago. We would’ve saved a lot of money.”
[From MediaBloodhound: The Wounded-Courier: Day After “Appeasement” Remark, Ghost of Prescott Bush Hovers Over WH (satire)]
Awesome. Oh, if you didn’t know about Prescott Bush the would-be Fascist, look it up. It’s quite real. Via Crooks and Liars.
Read the whole article; it’s quite good.