The frantic, angry, whiny, demanding Obama campaign

I got another Obama campaign solicitation in this morning’s email.  I get them every day and have for months.  In the beginning, they were rather jaunty.  “Hey, we’re going to win.  Pitch in.”  Then they got commercial.  “Want a chance to sit in the backroom of an Obama event?  Pitch in.”  Now, they are unbelievably vicious.  Here’s the latest one, ostensibly from “Barack” himself (emphasis mine):

When I’m out there talking to voters, we talk about what we’ve done, what we plan to do over the next four years, and why the other guys have dangerous plans to go back to the policies that failed America for almost a decade.

But there is another question that keeps coming up, and you need to know about it: “Why do I see so many more ads for the other guys?”

You don’t need me to tell you that the Romney campaign is outraising us — that billionaire ideologues and corporate interests are piling on tens of millions more in negative ads trashing us, and that all of it means that undecided voters in battleground states like Iowa could be seeing false, misleading, negative attacks at a rate almost twice as often as they hear from us.

Last week, when I was in Iowa, voters told me they were feeling it. The numbers back it up: Our side is getting outspent 2-to-1 on the air there.

But the folks asking me about this don’t want an explanation — they want to know what I’m going to do about it.

And the fact is that solving this problem is up to you.

Close the gap on the air by making a donation of $5 or more now.

You’re getting this email because you know what the stakes are in this election. You know the facts about what we’ve done to prevent a deeper crisis and to start building an economy that works for the middle class.

But for someone who’s not as engaged, these ads may be an important and possibly even primary source of information about the choice in this election.

So it’s a bad situation if 90 percent of them are false, negative attacks on us.

We’re losing this air war right now.

I don’t have as much time to campaign this time as I did in 2008, so this whole thing is riding on you making it happen.

Donate now to close the gap on the air:

Thank you,


It’s pretty Nixonian, isn’t it?  Although I do believe Nixon had more class.  He didn’t sign his communications “Richard.”  He respected the office of the president and, if I recall correctly, signed official correspondence “Richard Nixon.”

What’s singularly absent from this begging letter, of course, is optimism, a plan, or boasts about past accomplishments.  No surprise, really.  We know that “Barack” is not optimistic, that he can’t voice his plan for fear of scaring anyone but the true believers, and that only the true believers like his past accomplishments.  Obama is campaigning negatively because he’s got nothing else to do.

Scott Johnson, at Power Line, has what I think is the best summary (so far) detailing the nastiness of the Obama campaign.  I’m posting a snippet here, but you should read it all:

There is a certain quality to the Obama campaign. Howie Carr captures it this morning in “Be afraid, be very afraid of RNC (say the Dems).” The whole constellation of alleged crime, rapine, murder, and felony murder goes over the top. It reeks of desperation. And this is just for openers. The authors of the campaign are trying to fight their way out of a hole.

Obama’s stump speech this time around is also off in tone. It lectures. It hectors. It whines. Toby Harnden derides the Obama campaign as “a joyless slog.” Andrea Tantaros observes its “relentless negativity.”

Obama makes one thing perfectly clear, as Richard Nixon used to say. It ain’t morning in America, and it’s not getting better any time soon.

The Obama campaign gives us a jumble of falsity. Yuval Levin takes apart the campaign’s latest Medicare ad. Grace-Marie Turner adds “More Obamacare fiction.”

By the lights of the campaign, our enormous deficit problems can be meaningfully addressed by raising taxes on the rich. And the campaign is sure not to say much about such signature accomplishments as Obamacare and the trillion-dollar stimulus from hell.

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  • jj

    Hopefully they are losing the air – and every other kind of media – war: they deserve to.  (And it doesn’t do any harm for the media to discover precisely how important they are, either.)  At some point, even with the inexorably stupid American voter, 2 + 2 actually does equal 4, and you can’t BS your way around that.  There are twelve inches in a foot, not ten and two-thirds, or thirteen.  These sad realities make it more difficult for little Barack and his campaign, but reality often does that to those with nothing to sell.
    He should be outspent.  He richly deserves to be outspent.  He has earned being outspent, because he has nothing to say and, dammit, 2+2=4.  I wrote a couple of months ago referencing that we had, at that time – seen no shred of a plan from little Jugears.  It’s now a couple of months later, that much closer to put-up-or-shut-up time, and we still have seen no shred of an idea, let alone anything resembling a plan for dealing with the fast-approaching cliff-edge of disaster.  And people are beginning, slowly, to notice this.  His “campaign” consists of nothing but taking shots at Romney and Ryan; spreading lies about their plans; taxing the rich; and invented chimeras such as the “war on women,” and the “war on the elderly,” so he has new straw opponents to attack.
    Even the dumbest voters on the planet – us, that would be – are beginning to notice.  Slowly – how the hell could the polls be as close as they are?  How could Anybody-But-This-Ass*** not be leading by about 95% to 3%, with 2% undecided? – but they appear to be getting there.  And, admittedly, they’re getting no help at all, not even honest reportage, from the media. 
    But still, America: four more years of this?  As even an outside possibility?  Really?

  • Charles Martel

    Book, I’m on the same list and get daily pleas from Barry, Michelle, Joe, and their various lapdogs. 
    I used to read them so I could laugh at their ineptitude. Now I just track them to detect what you’re detecting–desperation and distraction. “Hey, let’s talk about the mote in Mitt’s eye while studiously ignoring the Home Depot-sized lumber yard in our own!”
    You can only cry wolf so many times. What Romney and Ryan have to do is pull a Reagan and hold out a vision for a better, brighter—not Obama bitter—nation. Sandra Fluke’s demand to fornicate on our dime pales next to the inability to get a job or the increasing oppression from cash-strapped cops, cities, counties, and states. We’re headed for this country’s second Jimmy Carter moment where millions enter the voting booth and ask themselves, “Who needs four more years of this?”
    (I’ve already sent Barry contact information for the Chicago affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.)

  • Mike Devx

    jj asked at the end of #1:
    > But still, America: four more years of this?  As even an outside possibility?  Really?

    Well, jj, I’ll just offer my usual take on “Americans” in general:  We are a very optimistic people in general, to the point (perhaps?) of being foolish.  Why intervene with bold measures to take care of a looming crisis when:
    – Sometimes the cure ends worse than the disease
    – Sometimes events occur that just take care of the crisis and it’s naturally solved (or most of it is solved)
    – Sometimes both sides are just lying to us. Or one of them is, and you can’t tell which! So you (an American voter) choose to ignore the whole thing… for now

    In other words, out of some combination of wild optimism and general pragmatism, we as a voting public vote to kick the can down the road, and hope.

    Then, at the ultimate moment, when things are PROVABLY bad – when it’s no longer ten or twenty years away, but staring us right in the face, we finally get serious about it.

    We’re also woefully ignorant about hard-core economics.  We can’t distinguish BS from relevant things that have historical proof.  By “historical proof” I mean a convincing argument that this set of economic conditions is so similar to X that happened in country Y, Z years ago, that we are facing the same results that they faced, if we don’t do something about it.

    1. The mainstream media bias : This is a long evolving story.  I am optimistic.  Every year, more and more people realize that they can no longer trust the mainstream media.  I think we;ve already reached the tipping point;  I think we reached it in 2009 or 2010.  This year we will see more converts come over to realization that the mainstream media is bought and sold, and is almost entirely a mouthpiece for liberals and for the Democrat Party.  I truly believe we’ve already won this battle, but it takes years of slow admission by the People to occur.

    Those who already believe they can’t trust the mainstream media will see confirmation this year, and their attitudes will harden.  Those who are wondering will see plenty of evidence.  And we’ll see more people start to wonder.  It’s a few percentage points, each year.  It’s a slowly building wave.  The good news is, the media is so makedly partisan this year, as they were in 2008, that we’ll see more converts than usual.

    2. Debt and deficit economics : We’re not as far along here. I think that huge pool of independents in the middle is still not ready to accept the pain involved that would solve the crisis.  Even if Romney wins, he won’t be able to institute the serious, deep and broad reforms that would be necessary.  Depending on the size and scope of his victory in November, he may be able to accomplish some significant things – he may have a good-sized mandate – but I don’t think he’ll be able to turn the corner, because the American people are not yet ready to face the truth.  Not enough of us.

    So to me this is a year where hopefully we see a lot of conservative gains across the country, at all levels.  And we can start down the path toward the solution.  But it will be only a start.  Kicking Obama out, and disassembling ObamaCare, and returning spending to 2008 levels, would all be a good start.  But I doubt we’ll see much ore than that.  This is a long battle, and we’re only at the beginning.


  • Ymarsakar

    Evil does what evil does. I don’t know care whether you think evil are Christian marriage counselors, black anti gay black panther regiments, Satan, the Devil, the US, or Islam. Evil needs to be eradicated. If you aren’t on the cleaning party, you will be the one cleansed to make the world pure again and free of corruption.

  • Ymarsakar

    If DC gets nuked, Barack loses a predominant number of supporters. 93+% in DC voted for Obama. That doesn’t even include his political allies, prostitution supplies, ACORN facilitators, and so forth.

    Just something to keep in mind when (real) war comes to the US mainland soil once again. 

  • Mike Devx

    John Hinderaker and another contributer (“Joe”) at Power Line give us their take on the Obama movie in a column here:

    I think they do a fantastic job outlining the movie, and why you should see it.

    Hinderaker doesn’t buy so much into the “colonial” line.  Joe accepts it much more (as do I). It’s an entertaining read, and they successfully show the reasons why it’s an entertaining movie, and a good one.  Well worth seeing!

    And well worth encouraging all those people we know, those who are less-informed about Obama than we are, to see it.

  • bkivey

    “And the fact is that solving this problem is up to you.”
    Soo, The Most Intelligent President Ever has a problem, and we’re supposed to solve it? What a complete abrogation of responsibility; but it fits the Obama profile.
    The speech I expect The World’s Greatest Orator to make in November:
    “We lost because, you know, some folks just didn’t step up. The other side outspent us, and some people in our party didn’t participate. That’s why we lost.”