"American democracy should not force those who seek its highest office to prostrate themselves for hours upon end cadging campaign money. It is a waste of valuable time that should be spent listening to everyday citizens, not to special pleaders." That is, in a nutshell, the argument The Boston Globe makes for revitalizing the presidential public financing system, and it's right on.
They dispense immediately with the mythology that major campaign gifts are altruistically motivated -- or that fundraisers are anything but the centerpiece of campaign work. The dash for '08 cash, already the subject of countless incredulous articles and editorials, is pushing people out of the presidential race. Do we really want control of the highest office in the country to be decided by money? Of course not -- and it's up to Congress to realize the damage this kind of fundraising is doing to our elections and take steps to remedy it.