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The Buying of the Presidency 2008
American Thinker ^ | October 20, 2008 | Richard Baehr

Posted on 10/20/2008 8:00:02 AM PDT by Kaslin

Barack Obama is well on his way to buying the Presidency. The effect of  Obama's financial advantage has  now even been admitted by the New York Times,  whose editors and political writers already may be lighting up their victory cigars, like Red Auerbach, the Celtics coach of legend.


The state where the Obama campaign has been carpet bombing the airwaves most vigorously this past weekend was West Virginia
.  If you watched TV over the weekend in the Mountaineer State, you could not have missed the Obama ads -- an extraordinary buy of $1.2 million per day for 5 days, with ads running in every media market in the state. The McCain campaign, had it spent all of its $84 million for the general election on TV ads, would have had $1.4 million to spend per day for campaign ads for the last two months for all 50 states. Obama has just spent almost that much per day in one state with fewer than 2 million people and but 5 Electoral College votes. 

In every battleground state the story is the same.  Obama has run ads 3 to 4 times as often as McCain and the gap is widening each week. Most of the Obama ads, of course, are negative ads about McCain, and in most cases false or misleading according to factcheck.org.  It is as if one basketball team is playing with a rule that its players foul out after committing 2 personal fouls, while and its opponent is allowed six personal fouls  per player.  Or maybe one basket is two feet lower, or one team can not include any player over six feet tall.

In essence, we do not have a fair fight. Obama has always liked it that way when it comes to his campaigns.  Obama said at one point that if the McCain campaign brought "a knife to the fight, we would bring a gun" -- revealing that he did not care about a level playing field . Anyone familiar with his campaign against Alice Palmer  in 1996, where he used challenges to nominating petitions to completely eliminate all his challengers in the Democratic primary for the Illinois State Senate, should have realized this aspect of Obama's campaign style. Michael Barone's "The Coming Obama Thugocracy" describes Obama's effort to silence critics. And of course, there were the revelations by the Chicago Tribune of two sex scandals relating to Obama's opponents in the U.S. Senate  race in 2004:   the first  served to eliminate Blair Hull, who held a solid lead over Obama in the race for the Democratic nomination before the story broke, and the other forced Jim Ryan, the GOP nominee,  from the race.  Did Obama or his campaign have a role in supplying damaging information to the media about these stories (Obama's campaign manger once worked for the Tribune), or is he just the luckiest politician alive?

Both the Obama campaign and its volunteer army in the national media are quite comfortable with all of this, since it is producing the result they desire. Senator Obama had the audacity a few weeks back to argue that he has shown that he is an experienced manager (and so presumably, he will be a good President) because he has run such a large successful campaign with over 2,500 paid employees and spending of several hundred million dollars (likely to be over $700 million by the time the election occurs). Obama is right about part of his statement;  he has shown that he can spend more money and spend it faster than any candidate in the history of the world. He must see it as appropriate for someone whose coming election victory an event that will change the world.

Viewed through the other end of the telescope, Obama spends so much because he has raised so much. Over half of that money has come from fat cats, such as the few hundred people who gave his campaign, the DNC, and state parties $11 million in one night in Hollywood last month.  Among small individual donors, about whom far less is known, there have been questions raised about some of the donors, and sources. Mr. Good Will, for instance, has given multiple donations totaling over $17,000 (the limit for an individual donor in a  cycle is $2300 for the primary campaign, and $2300 for the general election). Any donation of $200 or more requires a form to be completed. Mr. Good Will gave many times but always less than the level requiring more personal information.

In the concluding two weeks of the campaign money could become a bigger issue, as people get frustrated by what they may rightly perceive as both the potential theft of the election in some states and the purchase of the Presidency.  The poll movement has been away from Obama the last few days, with his national lead of about 8% dropping a few points in most surveys. My best guess is Obama's national lead is about 5% today. That is not yet a done deal, though Obama clearly remains a heavy favorite to win. Perhaps. those reports about the big victory party planned for Chicago may be a bit premature.

During the primaries, despite outspending Hillary Clinton by 2 to 1 or 4 to 1 in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, Clinton still won those battles. Maybe at some point, voters will tune out the flood of ad messages and the selling of Obama by the national media, and decide for themselves. One thing is clear: Obama has shown how much he likes to spend by how he has run this campaign ,. This is a foretaste of his npresidency should he be elected    . Repeat the phrase "tax and spend", and you will get a good sense of what an Obama Presidency would be like. If a candidate can spend on a Presidential campaign more than double what any other campaign in history has ever spent before, think of what the size of the federal government will look like after one or two terms of an Obama presidency.  

All that government spending will not be paid for by raising taxes only on the "rich", so far defined by Obama as those earning over $250,000 a year. Unless Obama is lying (now that would be new) he has said he would balance the budget in a few years. That will be impossible with all his new proposed spending, including the new welfare programs that he mislabels as tax cuts for the 44% of Americans who do not  now earn enough to pay federal income tax (thanks to the Bush tax cuts) .  Balancing the budget will require him to greatly broaden the category of "rich" people who need to be taxed more, but Obama will tell you not to mind, because it is "fair".  Maybe a year from now the definition of "rich" becomes $150,000 , and two years from now $100,000, and by the end of his term, $75,000.  What we know is that to pay for all his promises, Obama will need to find many more people to tax much more heavily so he can "spread the wealth around."

How a candidate runs his campaign is an important indicator of the character of the man or woman we  may elect. In the case of Obama, the evidence is that he is a very skillful, ambitious, and driven candidate, and also a very, very cynical and dishonest one.  What Obama says means very little. He is after all a clever lawyer. We have had a recent experience with a very smart lawyer as President and how he parsed words. In Obama's case, the lies have been pretty blatant, despite the best spinning efforts by the campaign.

It is not his words, but what Obama does that matters.  And right now, Barack Obama is trying to buy the Presidency, and it looks like he is succeeding.


TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; barackobama; democrats; election; electionads; electionpresident; elections; leftwingconspiracy; nobama08; obama; obamataxplan; obamathugocracy; spreadthewealth
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1 posted on 10/20/2008 8:00:02 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

They must have money to burn. Spending 1.2 Million in West Virginia is nothing more than a feint to make Mc Cain respond in kind. Obama will lose W. VA by 10 points or more.


2 posted on 10/20/2008 8:03:36 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Kaslin

FBI not doing their job? Several million have come from foreign countries.


3 posted on 10/20/2008 8:04:59 AM PDT by Mogollon ($5/gal Gas....Kick the Jacka$$es Out!)
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To: Kaslin

With this overwhelmimg ad blitz Obama should be 15 points ahead. It isn’t working, folks! The more he advertises, the more narrow the poll numbers are becoming.


4 posted on 10/20/2008 8:05:11 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Kaslin

I smell desperation and overkill.


5 posted on 10/20/2008 8:05:57 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Ask George Steinbrenner how buying his way to a championship has worked out?...Yankees have had the largest payroll in this decade and yet strangely enough, the championship has not resided in New York since Hillary became a senator there in 2000!


6 posted on 10/20/2008 8:07:06 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: Mogollon

I’ve come to the conclusion that if the Feds won’t confirm his citizenship, won’t stop Acorn.....they won’t check to see where all this money is coming from.


7 posted on 10/20/2008 8:07:35 AM PDT by RC2
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To: Kaslin

McCain-Feingold.


8 posted on 10/20/2008 8:08:18 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Russ
I do agree there's cause for optimism.

What concerns me the most is that now, with just about everything having been put out there about this guy (Obama), a substantial portion of the electorate apparently still plans to vote for him.

He should be running third in this two-way race.

9 posted on 10/20/2008 8:10:10 AM PDT by daler
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To: Kaslin

Something wrong and its like the opposition is at the mercy of how many crooked dollars they can raise. Oversight? Outrage? Accountability? nada....just let it happen seems to be the attitude.


11 posted on 10/20/2008 8:11:07 AM PDT by Doug TX
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To: Kaslin

The lovely Michelle is already celebrating with her $450 lunch for 2 (unless she was eating both lobsters herself) at the Waldorf Astoria.


12 posted on 10/20/2008 8:11:17 AM PDT by livius
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To: Kaslin

Gee, where is he getting all this money from? Aren’t his supporters the ones who need the “wealth spread around” to? (major /s)


13 posted on 10/20/2008 8:11:56 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (P.O.O.P. Prevent Overtaxation Of Plumbers-or we'll all be knee deep in it!)
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To: daler

It’s 1933 deja vu. Let’s not let history repeat itself.


14 posted on 10/20/2008 8:12:13 AM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: Kaslin

Obama bought 1/2 hour prime-time slots on CBS & NBC October 29th - 8 PM.

Perot was the last candidate to purchase such a large block.

My guess is they are trying to seal the deal with one last massive psychological programming effort.

This explains what Obama does in his speeches - and what people must be actively aware of see in no uncertain terms how they are being used as subjects for ‘suggestion’

http://www.internet-grocer.net/hypnosis.pdf


15 posted on 10/20/2008 8:13:25 AM PDT by xDGx
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To: RC2; All

There does come a point where people become angry by your ads, not energized by them to vote for you.

With this kind of ad blitz, Obama may actually hurt himself.

I sure hope so. We need everything we can to win.


16 posted on 10/20/2008 8:15:37 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Mogollon
“FBI not doing their job? Several million have come from foreign countries.”

He is a “citizen of the World” after all.

“OBAMA'S FOREIGN DONORS: THE MEDIA AVERTS ITS EYES”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/obamas_donor_contributions_sil.html

17 posted on 10/20/2008 8:16:14 AM PDT by 444Flyer (Marriage=1 man+1 woman! Vote "YES" on Prop 8, amend the Calif. State Constitution this November.)
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To: Mogollon
FBI not doing their job? Several million have come from foreign countries.

It's not the FBI's job -- it's the FEC's, and they're totally inept. He's taking advantage of  every loophole he can find.

Barone has it exactly right: Thugocracy.

18 posted on 10/20/2008 8:20:48 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: browardchad

Obama also put a hold on two nominations of FEC Commissioners so they are operating without the manpower and when they asked the DOJ to look into this they were told the DOJ doesn’t want to get involved in an election and will look at it after November 4th.

What does that tell you about this Administration?


19 posted on 10/20/2008 8:24:54 AM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER -- VOTE FOR McCAIN/PALIN2008! LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: daler

That’s because a substantial portion of the electorate is just as evil and corrupt as he is.

If he went nationwide today and *admitted* he was a foreign born Muslim who was a terrorist sympathizer and totally behind the ACORN vote fraud, they would applaud his cheating and still vote for him.

Half of our country is either literally hypnotized by a neo-Rasputin *or* they are salivating over the “hope and change” that causes the downfall of America.


20 posted on 10/20/2008 8:29:15 AM PDT by Salamander (Where am I to go now that I've gone too far?)
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To: browardchad
It's not the FBI's job -- it's the FEC's, and they're totally inept. He's taking advantage of every loophole he can find.

According to the FBI website, the FBI does investigate election fraud including illegal contributions:

FBI

21 posted on 10/20/2008 8:30:53 AM PDT by Mogollon ($5/gal Gas....Kick the Jacka$$es Out!)
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To: Kaslin

Sorry to point this out, but people have been buying elections for a long time now. Notice that you don’t see too many poor or middle class people running for national office.


22 posted on 10/20/2008 8:37:49 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
There are ads everywhere, even here in Texas. My guess is that he's trying to ensure that he has over 50% of the national popular vote. That way he can claim a mandate for "change" if he wins. Worst case scenario: he loses the electoral college, but wins 51% of the popular vote. His ACORN minions take to the streets for a two month long rampage....
23 posted on 10/20/2008 8:53:06 AM PDT by ishmac (Houston near UST)
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To: Russ
overwhelmimg ad blitz Obama

Hmmmm, I guess you have to turn on the TV to see them. I listen to a little radio, but have not heard any political "approved by" commericals.

Since when does a commercial make you do something you normally don't do anyway?

24 posted on 10/20/2008 9:03:02 AM PDT by MrPiper
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To: Russ
overwhelmimg ad blitz Obama

Hmmmm, I guess you have to turn on the TV to see them. I listen to a little radio, but have not heard any political "approved by" commericals.

Since when does a commercial make you do something you normally would not?

25 posted on 10/20/2008 9:04:23 AM PDT by MrPiper
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To: daler

Very few people these days are willing to admit they might have been wrong. As I bitterly cling to my religion and guns they bitterly cling to their preconceived ideas and opinions. They cannot bring themselves to admit they were wrong to back Obama and no amount of truth and logic is going to change them. If McCain is to win the margin will have to come from the Independents and undecided.


26 posted on 10/20/2008 9:06:35 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: MrPiper

I get both NYC and Philadelphia media, being in Central New Jersey. I see four Obama ads on TV for every McCain ad.


27 posted on 10/20/2008 9:08:34 AM PDT by Clemenza (PRIVATIZE FANNIE AND FREDDIE! NO MORE BAILOUTS!)
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To: rwfromkansas
We need everything we can to win.

What we need is a focused John McCain that can make a clear and simple case that Obama = bad for the economy.

He's got two weeks left, and he got way too wrapped up in the Ayers/Wright stuff and he wasted a lot of time - the people who care about Ayers/Wright would have decided to vote for McCain long before now. He's got to make this all about the economy, because that's what is going to be most important to the undecideds and independents and moderates at this point.

He has to keep it clear and simple so that the message gets out - anything too wordy or complex and the media will ignore it. They like their soundbites in 30-second and 60-second soundbites.

Palin - at this point she needs to tone down her attacks and just fund-raise and work on conservatives, because every time she overshadows him, his economic message will get lost.

He's got to stop playing like he's in the first or second quarter and start working on the 2-minute drill. Clinton won by beating Bush over the head with the economy and if McCain loses sight of that, he loses the election.
28 posted on 10/20/2008 9:15:42 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Kaslin

I think people are getting sick of this election and starting to get very sick of Lord Obama. They novelty is fading and the incessant barrage of Lord Obama ads are getting irritating.

The ads won’t affect the voting patterns of either base, but they might affect independents. These are people who may vote for silly reasons. Many voted for Perot twice, giving Clinton two elections he could not have won on his own, despite running against lame opposition from the GOP.

Independent votes can swing from one candidate to another for rather silly reasons. Getting sick and tired of Lord Obama might be enough. Growing awareness that electing Lord Obama will give the socialist democrats a legislative trifecta might also come into play. I think independents rather like divided government for its checks and balances.

The Lord Obama’s excessive, aggressive, obnoxious media spending might very well result in a small voter backlash. Is it enough to help overcome the current lead and voter fraud? We’ll see.

Hopefully, the libs will be so overconfident that election day will result in many staying home because they have more important things to do. After all, they figure, it’s already in the bag for the Lord Obama.

Hopefully, conservatives will be so distraught about the likelihood of Lord Obama ruling the country that they’ll make extra effort to turn out and vote straight party if they cannot stomach voting directly for McCain.

This election is “historic” not because a candidate is black, but because it could mark the end of the American dream and total socialist control of the United States.


29 posted on 10/20/2008 9:24:26 AM PDT by Entrepreneur (The environmental movement is filled with watermelons - green on the outside, red on the inside)
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To: livius
unless she was eating both lobsters herself

Probably was. She has a double-wide ass.

30 posted on 10/20/2008 9:28:05 AM PDT by suijuris
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To: ishmac

There are ads everywhere, even here in Texas. My guess is that he’s trying to ensure that he has over 50% of the national popular vote. That way he can claim a mandate for “change” if he wins. Worst case scenario: he loses the electoral college, but wins 51% of the popular vote. His ACORN minions take to the streets for a two month long rampage....

Three words: “Lock and load1”


31 posted on 10/20/2008 9:38:42 AM PDT by gunner03
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To: af_vet_rr
What we need is a focused John McCain that can make a clear and simple case that Obama = bad for the economy.

Exactly. But that is not only 0bama. It is also the liberals period and anyone who believes that the democRats are better for the economy then the Republicans needs his or her head examined. All you have to do is take a look at what happened to the economy since the Rats have taken over. It is them who have sunk it and will even sink it more if they get a filibuster save Congress

32 posted on 10/20/2008 9:39:17 AM PDT by Kaslin (If Obama wants to spread the wealth around, let him start with his own)
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To: gracesdad

Well, not exactly. They have been trying to buy elections, but most the time don’t have any luck


33 posted on 10/20/2008 1:37:29 PM PDT by Kaslin (If Obama wants to spread the wealth around, let him start with his own)
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To: Russ

At some point saturation advertising actually annoys the consumer (or in this case the voter). I swore off buying Dodge because for years I couldn’t watch a sporting event on TV without seeing a dozen Dodge commercials (well really 3 Dodge commercials 4 times each). Of late I’m annoyed at Toyota for their Zero the Hero campaign, partly because the songs sucks but also because they’re putting it in every commercial break. Obama is hitting pretty close to that saturation level, which is a good thing probably.


34 posted on 10/20/2008 1:44:13 PM PDT by dilvish
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To: Kaslin

Actually, Obama’s backers...foreign powers, America’s enemies are buying the Presidency. All illegal, but the voters don’t know or are too dumb to care.


35 posted on 10/20/2008 3:20:59 PM PDT by hershey
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