Obama's No Fool: He Made Right Choice on Funding

He opens himself up to being called hypocrite; that's better than naive
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 9:08 PM CDT
Obama's No Fool: He Made Right Choice on Funding
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., gets off the campaign charter plane in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 24, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Barack Obama may be taking flak for opting out of public financing, but he would have been foolish to do otherwise, writes Charlie Cook in the National Journal. Cook is "relieved" that a potential president is savvy enough to hang on to a huge spending advantage. And in this race—in which "most voters are being asked, for the first time, to vote for someone who is very different from themselves"—Obama's going to need that money to make his case.

"I strongly suspect that if Obama had agreed to tie both hands behind his back going into the general election, the word "naive" might be thrown around once or twice, possibly more than "hypocrite" is now," Cook writes. Sure, McCain has the right to get some political mileage out of it, but don't think for a second he would take the high road if the tables were turned. (More Barack Obama stories.)

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