The New York Times reported today that President Obama has officially “given the signal” for major Democratic donors to start giving to Priorities USA Action. If that name is unfamiliar to you, it wont be for long. Priorities is the Super PAC supporting the President that is run with former Obama staffers. Super PAC? Yes. Although the President was adamant in his objections to “outside money” in Washington, and on the campaign trail, he has gone ahead and said they are now OK.
To me, there are two ways of looking at this. We have seen that Mitt Romney, or whomever is the eventual GOP nominee, is absolutely going to be heavily supported by Super PACs. So why should the President cede that ground? Isn’t it right to at least level the playing field? On the other hand, this is obviously something the President feels strongly about. Why else would he have highlighted it in his State of the Union? And if that is the case, doesn’t the President have a obligation to be true to what he actually believes? And further, our President and leader is not going to play by the rules, can we expect anyone else to? Should he not show some leadership by setting an example here?