Having failed to find a campaign message that resonates with voters, President Obama and congressional Democrats have settled on a bizarre closing argument: that Democratic candidates and American democracy are imperiled by the infusion of funds from undisclosed and foreign entities.Obama’s attacks on campaign spending by pro-Republican groups are a transparent attempt to distract voters from his failed legislative agenda.
They also highlight Obama’s increasing tendency to pick fights with political opponents, to demonize and smear his critics and generally to exhibit some of the most unpresidential behavior this side of Watergate.The argument that foreign money is undermining the electoral process was thrust to the fore last January. During his State of the Union address, President Obama launched an unprecedented attack on the Supreme Court.Obama alleged that in its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which overturned restrictions on corporations’ political speech, the court had “reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests—including foreign corporations—to spend without limit in our elections.”Obama’s accusation elicited Justice Samuel Alito’s famous “That’s not true” response.Obama continued, “Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.” Obama then encouraged Congress to pass a law to overturn the court’s decision.
While much of the media focused on Alito’s alleged “breach of etiquette,” it was Obama who had unfairly attacked the justices, who attend the State of the Union out of respect for the President, at a venue that gave them no chance to respond.More recently, Obama has repeatedly accused the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of “tak[ing] in money from foreign corporations” and “spending huge sums to influence American elections” by producing issue advertisements “without ever disclosing who’s behind all these attack ads.”
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