Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Huge Ad Buys and a Huge Media Sellout -- The G.O.P. Is In Trouble

The editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer emphasizes a glaring fault in the American political game. Combined with the hypnotized media's devotion to Barack Obama and the Democrats, the Republican Party is in very deep trouble.

So too is the country.

Here's a bit of the editorial.

Anyone with a TV can see proof daily that the presidential public-financing system is broken and needs to be fixed.

Democrat Barack Obama spent more than $3 million last month on TV ads in Pennsylvania, enabling him to run a wide variety of TV commercials seemingly nonstop...

In Indiana, he is outspending McCain 20-to-1. In North Carolina, the Democrat has spent nearly six times as much as the Republican on TV commercials.

This unbalanced playing field was created by Obama, the first major-party nominee to reject public financing in the general election since the system was created in 1974. Democrat Hillary Clinton also would have turned down public money, had she won the nomination. Their party is accustomed to being outspent by the Republicans.

Obama backed out of his earlier pledge to accept public money when it became clear just how much he could raise, helped by the Internet. He was already shattering presidential fund-raising records before he brought in a whopping $150 million in September...