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The President opposed the Citizens United decision. … He continues to support a law to force full disclosure of all funding intended to influence our elections, a reform that was blocked in 2010 by a unanimous Republican filibuster in the U.S. Senate. And the President favors action—by constitutional amendment, if necessary—to place reasonable limits on all such spending. But this cycle, our campaign has to face the reality of the law as it currently stands.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina • From a blog post on, titled “We Will Not Play by Two Sets of Rules.” In it, Messina attempts to explain why the Obama campaign, despite stated opposition to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling (and ostensibly Super PACs themselves), will be playing the same Super PAC game as the GOP candidate this year. This strikes us as a hard sell, especially to independents — saying President Obama needs to use a corrupted system in the hopes of ending said system doesn’t seem like an argument that would have much appeal to those not already extremely trusting of his administration. source (viafollow)
February 7, 2012 // 15:23 // 2 years ago
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  1. mrshl said: I think independents are the most likely to see the merits of Obama’s decision. We’re independents for a reason; we understand and expect nuance. At least relative to either party’s simplistic dogma.
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  7. jron said: Hard to see how “not putting up a fight” should be a hard sell, except perhaps among Democrats.
  8. zenodotus5 said: I don’t think anyone can keep or win the presidency under this system without using it.
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