Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chris Matthews Explains Why Taking Foreign Money In Political Campaigns is Bad.......So Why Can't The Democratic Leadership Make A Better Case Against It?

The issue of the possibility of foreign donations funneled by the US Chamber of Commerce to the war chests of Republicans for attack ads is an issue that the Democratic leadership- including the President of the United States- should be presenting to the American people. But in doing this- so far- they are doing a pretty poor job.

On Sunday presidential adviser David Axelrod was on Face The Nation with Bob Schieffer. When Axelrod brought up the subject of foreign campaign contributions to US elections, Schieffer answered with a "Is that all you've got?".

Clearly, Democrats need to explain why this is a bad situation....foreign money goes into an American political campaign from a multinational based in another country with the possibility of damage it could do to the American labor force.

One man who "gets it" is MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who talked about it on Tuesday's edition of Hardball. Below, Matthews discusses foreign campaign contributions in the most simple yet logical terms I've heard from a talking head- or any member of the Democratic leadership, and how the American worker will probably get screwed by the usual suspects. Also on the table is a look at the relative lameness of Democratic response to Republican attacks, and the failure of Democrats to sell their accomplishments to the American voter.

Appearing with Matthews are MSNBC analysts Richard Wolffe and Mark Halperin

I'm trying to stay optimistic about November.....but it ain't easy anymore, ladies and gents.


Sue said...

Chris is talking about it now on his shows "let me finish". I don't know what more to say Hugh, it's all so evil, but the wingnuts are denying it to the death. All we can do is hope and pray the left wakes up and NOW!!

Hugh Jee From Jersey said...

Sue- I think the Dems have their issue.

It's about motive, and it's about opportunity. Multinationals give money to the Chamber, who in turn funnel it to friendly candidates.

And the motive....downsize America, and send your jobs to _____(fill in the blank). Labor will be cheaper overseas, shareholders will be happy, Wall Street will boom, and America's work force will continue to see a rise in the number of unemployed in a "new normal".

This is more dangerous to American democracy than any crazy wingnut theory....and it sure as hell is more dangerous to our way of life than a "mosque" near Ground Zero.

This should transcend political ideology....but the greatest tragedy is it hasn't, and it probably won't.

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