Sunday Show Wrap-Up
8:37 AM, Jun 23, 2008 • By SONNY BUNCH
First up on This Week was the issue most pressing for the average American: the skyrocketing price of energy. After some idiotic comments from Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey about Republicans' attempts to stymie energy production, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson explained just why gas costs $4 a gallon. "I would say that the Democrats have thwarted every effort we have made to increase our supply. This is a supply and demand issue: demand has skyrocketed, mostly because of global increases, and we have not done anything about supply because we are thwarted on nuclear power, we're thwarted in using our own natural resources (drilling off shore on a state by state option is something that I think we could do very environmentally safely). And yet anything that says production is killed by the Democrats."
Obama's rejection of public campaign finance was the most talked about issue of the week. McCain surrogate Lindsey Graham took issue with Obama's flip flopping on public financing while on Meet the Press. "Senator McCain supported campaign finance reform at his detriment with Senator Feingold on our side. It did not go over well, but John did it anyway. He took a beating to try to change the campaign finance system. Senator Obama looked in cameras all over the country, literally signed his name, â€˜I will accept public financing,' and now, for whatever reason, he has broken his word. And is it 1.4 million donors that allows you to break your word? This is reinforcing everything that's wrong with politics. This is a game changer in terms of the general election."
On Face the Nation, Carly Fiorina took on the ridiculous claim by the Obama camp that their candidate is rejecting public financing because he's a reformer of the system. "It's been well documented just in the last week that there are far more 527s gearing up and already announcing, for example, they're going to spend $53 million to attack John McCain. Moveon.org is the one I reference. The reality is that Barack Obama made this decision because he's raised a lot of money from all kinds of sources and he wants the opportunity to spend all that money. That's fine, that's his right to do so. But I really--I'll go back to my original point. I think it's disingenuous to say that he's doing so in the spirit of reform. No one has invested more in reforming public finance than John McCain."
On Fox News Sunday, meanwhile, Brit Hume picked up on the silver lining of Obama's decision: the crippling of public finance. "I say, by and large: good for him. For a couple reasons. One is that Obama really has proved that the limits necessary because of public financing, if you take it, do not merely screen out the evil influences of all the rich people in America, but they also make it impossible for a great many individual donors to make their voices heard through their contributions. Obama really has created a different form of financing, and it shows how unnecessary this whole public financing idea is. If you're a popular candidate and you make a grassroots effort and you use the technology you can raise all the money you need. And you don't even have to go to big oil!" Not that there's anything wrong with big oil.