The burning question of the day… Will Barack Obama keep his pledge to “enter into the public financing system should he be the Democratic presidential nominee.”
He’s been wavering on the whole notion given his success with online fundraising so “tonight at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., at the National Museum of Women in the Arts — at a $2,300-per-person event for 200 people held before a $1,000-per-person reception for 350 people — Obama previewed his argument to justify this possible future discarding of a principle.”
“We have created a parallel public financing system where the American people decide if they want to support a campaign they can get on the Internet and finance it, and they will have as much access and influence over the course and direction of our campaign that has traditionally been reserved for the wealthy and the powerful,” Obama said.
But Obama doesn’t have a problem hob nobbing with “the wealthy and the powerful.” There was the big shindig that Oprah, now fallen queen of day-time TV, threw for Obama a few months ago here in CA, and then more recently there was this (h/t TalkLeft): “Obama Visits Billionaires Row.”
My bet is that Obama will break the pledge…