The New York Times reports that Barack Obama might
back away from indications he gave last year that he would agree to accept public financing in the general election if the Republican nominee did the same. The hesitation has given Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee whose advisers concede he would most likely fall far short of Mr. Obama’s fund-raising for the general election, fodder for a series of attacks.
“This type of backpedaling and waffling isn’t what inspired millions of people to invest in Senator Obama’s candidacy,” said Jill Hazelbaker, a spokeswoman for Mr. McCain.
Notice something there? Oh yes: while the story reports McCain’s accusations, it never once mentions that John McCain essentially perpetrated a fraud on the taxpayers. As Mark Schmitt reported just yesterday, McCain secured a sweetheart loan from a Maryland bank by agreeing, in the event that his campaign did not go well, to drop out and then re-enter the race simply to get federal matching funds.
Notice something else? Oh yes: the reporter, one Michael Luo (whose work I’m not familiar with), never bothered to get a quote from the Obama campaign answering the charge.
Kevin Drum thinks that the Dem nomination is Obama’s “unless the press tires of him, of course. Then all bets are off.” Looks like it’s already happening.
In any event, let’s keep score: it is now 48 hours since Schmitt has reported his findings. Still no coverage from the MSM. Lots on Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain, though. How long will it be before the media decides to report on the story? I’m not holding my breath.