Friday, June 20, 2008

Teflon Now Unnecessary

If true, this is fascinating. Apparently the scurrilous attack dogs are going to sit out this election.
[L]ess than five months before Election Day, there are no serious anti-Obama 527s in existence nor are there any immediate plans to create such a group.

Conversations with more than a dozen Republican strategists find near unanimity in the belief that, at some point, there will be a real third-party effort aimed at Obama.

But not one knows who will run it, who will pay for it, what shape it will eventually take or when such a group may form.

More worrisome for Republicans who believe such an outside attack apparatus is essential to defeating Obama, some key individuals and groups who were being looked to for help say they won’t be involved.

T. Boone Pickens, the Texas oilman who gave $3 million to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and who numerous GOP sources said was being looked to as a funding source this year, is sitting the race out.

“He is not giving anything to 527s involved in the presidential race this cycle, and has communicated that…to Republican strategists and operatives,” said Pickens spokesman Jay Rosser.
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Rosser said Pickens “has a much broader public policy initiative in mind that will focus on energy, and is approaching that in a bipartisan manner.” He only “contributed last cycle because they were in play, and were so heavily funded on the other side.”
We'll see what develops, but maybe Republicans have done the math and come to the obvious conclusion. (That is: historic first black candidate + low chance of winning + fighting for more grossly incompetent Republicans = sit this one out and wait for a decent year and candidate.)

1 comment:

Chuck Butcher said...

there is another issue with 527s, the FEC has restricted them from advocating that a candidate's history or character disqualify them from office. PACs aren't so limited, but $5K limits unlike the unlimited of 527s