Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Who is buying what?

As the PA primary loomed, waves of Clinton surrogates and supporters were out in full force claiming that Obama was buying votes because of his 2:1 advertising in the state. Of course, if Hillary was not in debt and could raise anywhere near the amount of money that he could, then she would be doing the same. However, she does not have to because she has been able to sneak in on her husbands dirty, yet surprisingly strong coattails. Obama is the one who needed to make an introduction, she did not.

If they consider simple advertising "buying votes", then what do they make of this recent development.

One of Sen. Hillary Clinton's top financial supporters offered $1 million to the Young Democrats of America during a phone conversation in which he also pressed for the organization's two uncommitted super delegates to endorse the New York Democrat, a high-ranking official with YDA told The Huffington Post.

Not only is this a blatant example of "buying votes", but this goes beyond buying a basic citizens vote. Bribing a SD is despicable, especially since that is the ONLY way the can possibly get the nod from the party. It gets even worse though.

"Members of the Young Democrats agonized about the potential fallout of Saban's call; his financial offer represented one-third of the group's 2008 budget. Democratic officials and fundraisers were consulted about how to respond, and at times the discussions were "emotional," one participant said. "It is scary for them, Haim is very powerful, he has great influence over donors who give to them."

Not only is this a bribe, but it is outright blackmail.

Is this what TH is succumbing to?