Thursday, October 14, 2010

Picking on the pasty

The more we think about this baseless broadside upon the Chamber of Commerce by Team O, the more bizarre it seems.

Here's David Harsanyi of the Denver Post:

But let's face it, no one is really buying the argument. Though, a perceptive voter might ask themselves this: If the United States Chamber of Commerce — composed of some of the most moderate, milquetoast, government- friendly saps in the country — are now on the Enemies List, who exactly does the president think is reasonable? If the crony capitalists aren't good enough for Barack Obama, who is?


We always had an image of Chamber of Commerce types as friendly, roundish, middle-aged business men who gathered on the second Tuesday evening of each month to come up with ideas for the billboard alongside 99 to convince travellers to dine and stay overnight in Visalia rather than Tulare.

Nefarious foreign money financiers for far-right campaigns was not part of the profile.

Perhaps we've been making too big a deal of this as Bob Schieffer so aptly puts it at the 3:20 mark in his little sit down with Axelrod over the weekend.

"Is that the best you can do?"

Yeah, we've probably spent too much time on it as it is but one more fun fact before we leave this whole non-issue:

The White House plans to continue attacking groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other conservative organizations for not disclosing the names of donors behind political ads. But during the 2004 Democratic primary campaign, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was involved with a political advocacy group that refused to reveal its own donors until the law required it.

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