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Barack Obama seems to have changed his mind. And who can blame him. His campaign had indicated he would take public financing, but today says it'll opt out.
Hey, this guy raised $272 million during the primary, compared to John McCain's $99 million. Principle is one thing, but money wins elections. And when you have that many supporters giving that much money, another principle pops up: shouldn't your supporters have a voice?
Since when does money equal voice? Well, those who oppose campaign finance limits have long argued limiting campaign donations violates the First Amendment. Money's always had a voice, hasn't it.
And as so often happens in politics, the desirable principle outweighs the undesirable principle. At least we have principles. In some countries, of course, it's about nothing but power.
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