Obama infomercial

Well, this is something new in a presidential campaign: a half-hour television program. Will we see more of these in the future? Is this going to become a minimum requirement to win the White House? It was made possible by Obama’s record-setting fundraising. Public financing of presidential campaigns (through government) is dead. Future campaigns will strike some balance between small donors sending $5 gifts with their web browsers, and major donors who get special access to the candidate’s inner circle.

That said, I appreciate the themes that the campaign chose to sound. Now it’s up to us to accept the challenge to develop democracy in the United States. It’s easier when the head of state is sympathetic.

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