Obama Opts Out

Per NBC, Obama has opted out of public financing, eschewing a pledge to work out a deal with John McCain on public financing. Ambinder has the McCain campaign’s reaction here.

Frankly, I don’t really think the McCain camp would want a lot of attention focused on public financing, with the DNC lawsuit against them and the fact that McCain unquestionably broke the spending limit for the primary, and if the FEC puts any kind of teeth behind the regulations (which they don’t usually do) then McCain is criminally liable for it. But then, I imagine they saw those Q numbers too.