In suddenly rushing to embrace Super PACs after he had sanctimoniously rejected them, Barack Obama not only opened himself to criticism, he opened a family-size can of worms as well.
When the Obamanauts announced the abdication of his principles – or “change of heart” if you want to be mealy-mouthed about it – campaign manager Jim Messina added this little filigree (via Politico Playbook) about supporting the biggest Democratic Super PAC, Priorities USA Action:
“Senior campaign officials as well as some White House and Cabinet officials will attend and speak at Priorities USA fundraising events.
“While campaign officials may be appearing at events to amplify our message, these folks won’t be soliciting contributions for Priorities USA. … [T]he President, Vice President, and First Lady will not be a part of this effort; their political activity will remain focused on the President’s campaign.”
As night follows day, today’s Wall Street Journal reports this:
Romney Matches Obama in Stance on Outside Groups
Mitt Romney has decided to allow senior aides to headline fund-raising events held by a pro-Romney organization, a move that blurs the line between his official campaign and supporting groups that are supposed to be independent.
The move follows a similar one by President Barack Obama, who said Monday he will allow cabinet secretaries and other senior aides to appear at fund-raising events for an independent pro-Obama political-action committee.
Way to add injury to insult, Mr. President. See you in the attack ads.