Buying the Election, Nearly Literally

I’ve been RELATIVELY quiet about the election process, not wanting to alienate any of my readers, but no matter where you stand politically, it’d be pretty hard to deny that Obama’s campaign is buying like crazy.  Hell, I just learned that his infomercial this week will pre-empt the World Series pre-game show.

If you’re the opposition, I’d think now would be the time to play up the ‘rock star’ angle like never before.

The amount of money he’s spent bombarding my mailbox with high-quality, full-color, glossy trashcan lining ALONE has to be in the millions. Regardless of how you feel about his ability, or lack thereof, to lead this country, I’m already nervous about his spending practices. 

This, of course, is the same money he stated he wasn’t going to take.  Again, I’m not going to get into a he-said/he-said about lies and stuff. Just the one specifically relevant to my point. Therefore, if your point is to deflect with some attack on the opposition, it won’t matter.  For all this post cares, he could be out slapping babies and punching senior citizens in the stomach.  I’m talking about Obama.  Here he is, explaining why he wasn’t going to take public financing (spoiler: it’s because he USED to think it was corrupt and broken)

This is the kind of stuff that scares the hell out of me.  Not because a politician lied.  All politicians flip-flop, sometimes justifiably.  If their constituency doesn’t like their position, I feel they MUST change their position.

This isn’t that.  This is a political chess-move decision that didn’t work out for him, so he 180’ed.  The exact same practices that he’s personally calling out John McCain’s campaign of doing, he’s now doing.

If you vote for him because you understand and like his presidential agenda, then perfect.  That’s what the election, a democracy, is all about.

However, if you’re voting for him because you watched his paid-for TV shows, high-gloss print ads, video game advertising, because he’s a smooth talker, because Ron Howard likes him, because ABC, NBC, CNN, like him, etc., then buckle up, nation… we could be in for a very bumpy ride.