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April 27, 2012

Drop And Give Him Twenty

No, the Blog Princess is not dead. Just buried in fundraising emails from the Obama campaign. In my Inbox this afternoon, a heartfelt plea from FLOTUS:

Cassandra --

We're up against a critical fundraising deadline this coming Monday, and we need your help.

We know you're working hard for this campaign, but we also want you to have some fun -- and that's where George Clooney comes in.

If you chip in between now and Monday, you'll be automatically entered for the chance to join Barack at George Clooney's house on May 10th.

Don't miss out -- make a donation of $3 or whatever you can:


Thanks, and good luck,


How many "critical fundraising deadlines" does this make, now? It's getting to where we're terrified to ignore our email, lest we miss yet another CRITICAL FUNDRAISING DEADLINE !!11!

In the WSJ, Peggy Noonan notes what she calls "a growing air of incompetence" at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

There is a growing air of incompetence around Mr. Obama's White House. It was seen again this week in Supreme Court arguments over the administration's challenge to Arizona's attempted crackdown on illegal immigration. As Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News wrote, the court seemed to be disagreeing with the administration's understanding of federal power: "Solicitor General Donald Verrilli . . . met resistance across ideological lines. . . . Even Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court's only Hispanic and an Obama appointee, told Verrilli his argument is 'not selling very well.' " This follows last month's embarrassing showing over the constitutionality of parts of ObamaCare.

All of this looks so bush league, so scattered. Add it to the General Services Administration, to Solyndra, to the other scandals, and you get a growing sense that no one's in charge, that the administration is paying attention to politics but not day-to-day governance. The two most public cabinet members are Eric Holder at Justice and Janet Napolitano at Homeland Security. He is overseeing the administration's Supreme Court cases. She is in charge of being unmoved by the daily stories of Transportation Security Administration incompetence and even cruelty at our airports. Those incidents and stories continue, but if you go to the Homeland Security website, there is no mention of them. It's as if they don't even exist.

It's not that they don't exist. It's just that, when weighed against the critically important business of fundraising, actually doing the job America hired him to do isn't terribly important to this president:

President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is sitting on a major cash-on-hand advantage over his likely opponent, Mitt Romney. The president raised $35 million in the month of March alone, while spending $15.6 million during that same time period.

If only he ran the federal government like he runs his campaign. When it comes to raising money, the Obama machine is anything but incompetent:

The rate of donations to expenditures left the president's team with $104,096,193.91 cash on hand -- a huge total, especially when compared to the Romney campaign's $10.1 million.

In addition to the money raised by the Obama campaign, the Democratic National Committee raised $18 million during the month of March (giving the allied forces a combined total of $53 million).

Imagine what would happen if these people spent as much time and energy actually trying to fix the problems we're facing as they do blowing off female reporters, taking lavish, taxpayer-funded boondoggles vacations during The Worst Inherited-from-Bush Depression Evah, and launching heavy-handed, thuggish attacks on anyone who fails to show sufficient Socialistic ardor

Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check.

Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. His campaign brands you a Romney donor, shames you for "betting against America," and accuses you of having a "less-than-reputable" record. The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you), is clear: You made a mistake donating that money.

Are you worried?

Richard Nixon's "enemies list" appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust. Unlike senators or congressmen, presidents alone represent all Americans. Their powers—to jail, to fine, to bankrupt—are also so vast as to require restraint. Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats. This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice.

Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules. This past week, one of his campaign websites posted an item entitled "Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney's donors." In the post, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having "less-than-reputable records," the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that "quite a few" have also been "on the wrong side of the law" and profiting at "the expense of so many Americans."

Better hurry up and send in that $3 donation. We wouldn't want anything... unpleasant to happen to you.

Posted by Cassandra at April 27, 2012 05:01 PM

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I saw that bit about the Web site that was outting Romney donors. I also thought it was pretty cheesy of Strassel not to identify the offending Web site, while giving the name of the post. The site is something called KeepingGOPHonest, the post itself is here.

I'm tempted to generate a Web site called something like "Proud Donors for Romney" and, in line with other failed Obama attacks, simply ridiculing the site and the Obama-Biden with which it seems to be associated. However, what I know about HTML, or about programming generally, you could pour into a thimble and have room for your thumb.

Also, I'm less concerned about Obama's/Progressives' fund-raising as some are. For one thing, the Republicans always have been out fund-raised by the Progressives. For another, the stuff I've been seeing (to be taken with its own salt lick's worth of NaCl) indicates that the urgency of his fund-raising in your cited email is real--he's not getting the monies he'd hoped for--or even planned for. His burn rate is nearly as great--this early, yet--as his raise-rate, and his very own SuperPAC, run by the inestimable Bill Burton, is badly lagging any one of the GOP SuperPACs.

And Obama's announced goal of raising $1B for this campaign seems to have gone by the boards.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at April 27, 2012 07:15 PM

With Obama, it's not a bug, it's a feature.

This is who he is.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at April 27, 2012 09:05 PM

Has the President considered republishing his autobiographies? Maybe shrink them down to pocket size for convenience? A smart red cover might look quite nice...

Posted by: Dexter Trask at April 28, 2012 01:44 AM

Judging from the reaction my friends have had so far, if Obama's goal is to get Independents and people who have never donated to the GOP to pony up, he's doing a heck of a job :p

Worst. president. ever.

Posted by: Cass at April 28, 2012 10:09 AM

"Worst. president. ever."
So much so that Jimmy Carter, historians, firearms manufacturers and retailers the world over owe I WON a standing ovation on his accomplishment.

Posted by: bthun at April 28, 2012 11:35 AM

Allow me to append the ITEOTWAWKI Bunker and Precious Metals brokers to that standing O list.

I guess ole I WON has stimulated some segments of the economy, other than Government Motors and Green Embezzlers, after all.

Posted by: bthun at April 28, 2012 12:12 PM

You talked me into donating to Romney.

On the subject of "unintended consequences" - making public all donors - just ask donors of California's Proposition 8 how well this has worked -

Now, how exactly did you get on Obama's "most favored donor" list? ;-)

Posted by: Bill Brandt at April 28, 2012 02:03 PM

I'd be proud to be on Obama's Enemies List. Is there a program where I can donate less and join anyway, some kind of affirmative action for the unwealthy?

Posted by: htom at April 28, 2012 08:21 PM

We know you're working hard for this campaign, but we also want you to have some fun -- and that's where George Clooney comes in.

Obviously, the only time they ever visited VH, they fixated on your avatar's delicately-turned ankles...

Posted by: BillT at April 29, 2012 03:30 AM

Now, how exactly did you get on Obama's "most favored donor" list? ;-)

Shortly after the 2008 election, the DNC had a contest to come up with the best put-down for Rush Limbaugh. (yes, I know...) They were going to buy billboards and use the winning entry.

I posted a lot of sarcastic ones making fun of the DNC for being so intimidated by Limbaugh that they felt they had to crowdsource their ripostes.

Apparently, they didn't get the joke :p

Obviously, the only time they ever visited VH, they fixated on your avatar's delicately-turned ankles...

Bill! :)

Posted by: Cass at April 29, 2012 11:45 AM

Heck, I sent the link to jobs at the Obama/Biden site out to the world of un-employed urging them to apply for ALL jobs...sending full-blown resumes/portfolios/high-resolution photos for ALL positions...whether they'd ever qualify for a spot or not. There must be some out there willing to work for their massah.

Posted by: Uigi at April 29, 2012 08:37 PM

Apparently, they didn't get the joke

Never underestimate the preternatural inability of Democrats to get anything.

Other than "it wrong"...

Posted by: BillT at April 30, 2012 03:54 AM

And Obama's announced goal of raising $1B for this campaign seems to have gone by the boards.
Eric Hines

His lawyer probably advised him to concentrate on diverting it to his legal defense fund. He's been making a lot of campaign whistlestops on the taxpayers' dime...

Posted by: BillT at April 30, 2012 03:59 AM