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:
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.
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.