September 9, 2004


What's up with Obama secrecy? (LYNN SWEET, September 9, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times)

Obama's campaign is hiding practically all of Obama's out-of-state treks. Obama's campaign schedule -- when there is one -- usually does not include stops outside of Illinois. Obama's manipulative, cagey campaign does not want you to know the whole picture. Obama has a passion for secrecy when it comes to raising political money or traveling to another state for a public appearance. It is not becoming of a man on the verge of a promising Senate career who is already nationally prominent. Obama is better than to preside over a stealth campaign.

His own campaign blog, with one exception, covers only in-state activities. The calendars on Obama's Web site never put on non-Illinois events. But the reality is Obama is going out of state. It's not a crime. It's what big-time candidates do. Why bother to create and maintain a fiction that Obama's $9.8 million enterprise (as of June 30) is just an Illinois venture?

While it is not easy to keep track of Obama, he leaves clues. Obama's campaign is oblivious, apparently, that because of Obama's skyrocketing fame, cemented with his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July, he gets tracked when he travels, whether by the burgeoning blogging community or local press. Still, why should it be so hard?

It's a classic campaign between the House and the Field.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2004 10:46 AM

The former US Ambassador to the UN is a Field slave ?

Sure he is. This is between two House guys.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 9, 2004 3:32 PM
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