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Right now President Obama is under attack from some of his closest allies for failing to keep his promises they say.
To reform the campaign finance system in this country.
A coalition of reform groups sending the president a letter criticizing his failures to provide meaningful leadership on reform efforts.
And to limit the influence of lobbyists.
Even worse in their view was his recent decision to turn his campaign into an advocacy operation.
With unlimited funding.
-- advance the president's political agenda they also point to the president's failure to keep another campaign promise to push for a constitutional amendment.
Overturning Citizens United a court case that opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on political speech.
The president attacked that Supreme Court decision during his State of the Union Address in 2010.
With the Supreme Court justices you -- remember sitting right.
In front of him -- all due deference to separation of powers.
Last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates.
For special interest including foreign corporation.
Good friend -- -- I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's.
Most powerful engines.
Or worse by foreign entities.
They should be decided by the American people.
And -- -- Democrats and Republicans.
To pass a bill that helps correct.
Some of these problems.
Well -- members of the Supreme Court didn't necessarily agree with the president's characterizations there you might recall justice Samuel Alito famously shaking his head and -- the words.
Not true about what the president had to say from the update us there.
Joseph Trippi is a former Howard Dean presidential campaign manager Andy Fox News contributors so when it comes to.
He election or campaign finance reform Joseph is this a case where the president is saying.
You know do do what I say and not what I not what I do.
I mean I'd look guys John I just think.
Campaign finance reform is dead yeah I mean it's just that he'll play and I've got to take some responsibility for -- mid 2004 the dean campaign was the first campaign on the on the democratic side opt out of the the public financing system.
It's gone downhill ever since then and I think the president was righty I think.
I think in August of this year on on the Internet and read it he said that the that he had thought now that the only way to get real campaign finance reform was.
To start a movement for constitutional amendment I think he's right about that that but I -- I agree with a lot of the critics I don't think I wish she hadn't created a super -- I wish he hadn't.
Did Don -- just decided to fight the Republicans.
Both parties tended to go in the same direction now in terms among the more money we can raise the better and it's and it's an all out war where.
It the biggest contributors have all that this -- a lot more influence than they than they did.
In past years -- lot.
This is I'm sorry so what's on some of this I mean some of the things that -- -- -- summit -- that faze him certainly are difficult but there are things that he could be doing.
That he isn't doing just today in fact.
There are five members sitting on the Federal Election Commission -- terms expire.
He -- made no moves to appoint replacements there's a six seat.
On the commission that's empty and the president.
Has done nothing.
Well he's -- eat attempted to appoint one member now was held up in.
In the senate over there is that it was John Sullivan it over his support for labor unions I mean look they're.
The DF -- getting into a fight with the senate over and Republicans in the senate over FTC commissioners given all the other things we have to do budget.
Syria all the other issues out there I don't think he's gonna.
Use his is.
On on eye on it by the way on a commission that most.
Operatives in both parties don't think had the T store or the will -- to change that change any events.
Part of this.
Gets I guess we'd captured or noted by Chris -- Walton is online column today.
Talking about -- Powell many of the president's most ardent supporters are extremely disappointed.
With the way his second term is going he writes.
Liberal Democrats are feeling crabby about Obama is in these days.
A largely unchecked genocide in Syria.
And ever escalating drone warfare program a botched effort for gun control fumbling implement implementation of the new health law.
Defeats on fiscal policy and the president's seeming acceptance of business as usual in Washington.
Are all causing alarm on the left.
What is the use of having a crusading liberal president if he won't crusade.
Or can't win when he does.
We think about that -- Well I think that that the reality is there's a Republican.
And so yeah as though -- liberal I want an assault weapons ban.
The fact of the matter is he he he could be -- you know we couldn't even did.
Background checks through the House of Representatives right now so.
That you -- it doesn't do him any good to crusade on things that -- gonna happen and that the houses you know you can't -- gonna get filibuster in the senate or.
Not passed by the house and yes liberals are upset about.
Not getting their way but.
It that you we got a -- that's why I think you're gonna see 2014.
Will be a real.
Another knock down drag out election year in which both sides.
Who have not gotten what they wanted.
Will go at it again John all right and they'll go -- -- with probably a limited campaign -- absolutely.
No outward it's the cycle continues Joseph Trippi.
So thank you.
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