RNC fundraising document: Use fear of Obama’s “socialist” agenda to raise dough

posted at 7:12 pm on March 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

If it’s a day ending in “Y”, it must be time for a Politico story about the RNC alienating its fundraisers. The good news? Given Obama’s state-by-state approval ratings, if fear of The One’s agenda is the key to big money then the path to November shall be paved with bricks of gold. The bad news? Calling your donors “reactionary” and “ego-driven” isn’t usually the quickest way to their wallets.

“The document was used for a fundraising presentation Chairman Steele did not attend, nor had he seen the document,” RNC Communications Director Doug Heye said in an email. “Fundraising documents are often controversial.

“Obviously, the Chairman disagrees with the language and finds the use of such imagery to be unacceptable. It will not be used by the Republican National Committee – in any capacity – in the future,” Heye said…

The small donors who are the targets of direct marketing are described under the heading “Visceral Giving.” Their motivations are listed as “fear;” “Extreme negative feelings toward existing Administration;” and “Reactionary.”

Major donors, by contrast, are treated in a column headed “Calculated Giving.”
Their motivations include: “Peer to Peer Pressure”; “access”; and “Ego-Driven.”

The slide also allows that donors may have more honorable motives, including “Patriotic Duty.”

You can view the whole powerpoint here but these are the two slides that have lefties breathing into paper bags. Note that “Visceral Giving” also includes “Issue/circumstantially oriented,” which Politico neglects to mention.

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The “evil empire” gallery is stupid and amateurish (Reid as … Scooby Doo?) and “reactionary” has enough sinister connotations to qualify as an outright embarrassment, even if it wasn’t meant in the most unsavory sense of the term. But as much as we all enjoy dumping on the Steele-run RNC, I don’t quite follow Ambinder’s logic that this proves Republican donors are being “manipulated.” The base has been anxious about the White House’s statist agenda since Inauguration Day; the GOP doesn’t have to manufacture what already exists. In which case, the “manipulation” in their fundraising pitch is … what? “If you’re worried about Obama, help us defeat him”? Scandal. As for manipulating big donors by playing to their egos, fair enough, but surely wealthy contributors aren’t so naive that they don’t realize that’s part of the game. When my insurance agent tells me he likes my tie, I don’t seriously think he likes my tie. If I’m smart enough to detect an ego stroke in process, I take it millionaires are too.

Frankly, this unforced error was almost worth committing to watch the DNC hysterically overreact to the idea of fear-based politics. Sample quote:

If you had any doubt, any doubt whatsoever, that the Republican Party has been taken over by the fear-mongering lunatic fringe, those doubts were erased today…

It is a sad commentary on the state of the Republican Party that, devoid of ideas and solutions to our nation’s problems, problems created on their watch, that they would resort to these type of tactics. It’s sad. But true.

This comes on the very day that Obama rolled out his new health-care bill as the product of the best of Democratic and Republican ideas. But oh well. I’ll leave you with this golden oldie, also from the studiously fear-avoiding Democratic National Committee. Enjoy it, you racist woman-hating warmongering teabaggers, you.


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This is not what you want to use as an example of your wisdom. You were totally wrong on the health care summit. It was a waste of time except for the fact it showed the Republicans to be people of substance.

Vince on March 3, 2010 at 8:58 PM

It wasn’t a waste of time. I wish it was. It was only meant to be a one-off. It’s purpose was nothing more than to reanimate the health scare for the reconciliation push, and it did that. Without the GOP having gone to the summit, the dems would have had to bring it back to life, themselves, and then push for reconciliation, and that likely would have hurt the numbers on it, scaring more dems. But dems think they see a light, now, whether they get it through, or not. All they are arguing about now are specifics of the bill(s), not whether they should still be dragging this stinking carcass around.

I don’t think the GOP got anything out of the summit. They performed very well, no doubt, but they didn’t benefit from it. Most people have no idea what happened at the summit, only that it took place, which must mean (to them) that health scare is alive …. again. That was the danger of the summit.

neurosculptor on March 3, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Your big prediction, though – that the United States will cease to exist by May 2011 at the latest is the one I’m really looking forward to.

Proud Rino on March 3, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Yes. It is going to be close, but we are still on track for that. It’s not just me talking about this, though. Rumblings about the fall of the Euro and impending monetary disaster that we are facing are coming from many others, now. And then we have the domestic considerations, which are considerable and highly destabilizing.

neurosculptor on March 3, 2010 at 9:14 PM

BTW, I didn’t say solely “cease to exist” but that it will not be intact – i.e. sec3ssion of some states, or possibly “cease to exist as an entity” as in the disintegration of the federal government, …

neurosculptor on March 3, 2010 at 9:16 PM

BTW, I didn’t say solely “cease to exist” but that it will not be intact – i.e. sec3ssion of some states, or possibly “cease to exist as an entity” as in the disintegration of the federal government, …

neurosculptor on March 3, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Sure, OK, I’ll grant you that. Some states leave the Union or the disintegration of the federal government. May 2011.

Proud Rino on March 3, 2010 at 9:28 PM

It is a fatal mistake to try to approach Obama’s (and the Dem Party in general) socialist/Marxist/collectivist agenda in a surreptitious, undercover fashiion. State it loud, clear and without equivication! Ask them what the agree and disagree with in regards to those theories and why they have done so poorly, over the course of history. Ask them what “spreading the wealth” means and how is it different from what Karl Marx said.

Star20 on March 3, 2010 at 9:29 PM

I don’t think the GOP got anything out of the summit. They performed very well, no doubt, but they didn’t benefit from it.

neurosculptor on March 3, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Another such victory and I come back to Epirus alone?
- King Pyrrhus

MB4 on March 3, 2010 at 9:33 PM

MB4 on March 3, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Exactly.

neurosculptor on March 3, 2010 at 9:37 PM

the Republicans to be people of substance.

Vince on March 3, 2010 at 8:58 PM

LOL

2Brave2Bscared on March 3, 2010 at 10:36 PM

we are in the battle for the soul of the nation. It is a tattered and battered soul because we have allowed the blood of 40 million innocents to be shed upon it.

The Americans who stand tall at this turning point in history; who speak to this atrocity and proclaim the truth that it has brought us to the depths, even to electing the baby-killer in cheif, who is on the ‘precipice’ of forcing the blood onto every American’s hands, will be the Americans who will recieve power from on High to defeat obama and his demonic forces.

If we would first proclaim not “Give us back our country”, but instead swear to “defend the unborn”, we will not only receive back our beautiful nation, but the Lord will give us the strength to CRUSH obama and destroy his demon gang.

I strongly think that the lynchpin to our downfall and the rise of evil in this nation, which we see gathering itself in all it’s hideousness to smother us all, is the fact that this evil entered through the killing of the unborn. Why did we never amend the Constitution to protect our fellow unborn citizens?

We are arriving at the endgame. As the pslamist says, “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made Heaven and earth.”

But the Lord will not defend us against what is really a demonic checkmate if we don’t promise that we will defend the little ones that we have neglected since 1973.

Yes, it should be shouted from the rooftops that obama is destroying our nation through every tool at his disposal, and working very quickly. Yes, he will shatter our economy, but his darkest and most sinister nature has only been seen in brief glimpses; the empty, black enraged scowl that flashes across his face; the eyes that are lifeless bottomless pits. Make no mistake, his ambition is not benign european socialism – Stalin and Mao are his templates of human suffering and destruction.

We cannot win with only our human wit and numbers, if we have not the power of God with us. Our battle is supernatural at it’s core, and human beings cannot battle demons except and only with God’s blessing and support, which if granted, guarantees our victory. But the granting comes through admitting our nation’s sin, and promising that as we kick obama and his unholy cadre to the curb, abortion will go along with it. We must do all in our power to renew our once great nation where all it’s citizens’ lives are respected and protected.

P.S. for anyone who has had an abortion, I am not judging or condemning, just asking you to consider going to the Lord for mercy and healing, and then please join us in these most decisive of times.

tigerlily on March 3, 2010 at 11:42 PM

I mainly now come here for the headlines and video clips because Allahpundit, and even Ed to a lesser extent, are in denial (for whatever reason) about what is going on.

I’m on the verge of calling for our own blog reader tea party in which we abandon this crap and run to all of the new Breitbart sites or start our own blogs. HotAir has become the PC Bill O’Reilly of the internet because these pussies are afraid of criticism.

In short, no honest person can deny the Cloward-Piven BS that’s going on before our very eyes. Is HotAir the John McCain of the blogosphere… Taking us in the same direction as the lefty progressives, just a bit slower?

FYI, you can start your own blog at blogger.com or wordpress, even without buying and hosting a domain.

RightWinged on March 4, 2010 at 2:17 AM

these are the two slides that have lefties breathing into paper bags

I love it when they hyperventilate! It leaves them less air to breathe and voice their stupid opinions.
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Why are they concentrating on health scare reform rather than economic recovery, anyway?

ExpressoBold on March 4, 2010 at 2:47 AM

RightWinged on March 4, 2010 at 2:17 AM

Frequently Rush refers to Obama and the Dems creating an economic disaster “on purpose”. I believe he sees the Cloward Piven strategy being employed, but can’t bring himself to say it out loud and on air.

davecatbone on March 4, 2010 at 6:08 AM

Anything that gets the tar 0bama supporters crying, can’t be all that bad.

MNHawk on March 4, 2010 at 7:52 AM

Since Proud RINO is reminding people of their predictions:

Lots of things can happen in the next year, and most of the data I’ve seen suggests that while people don’t like Democrats, they hate Republicans even more.

Proud Rino on October 15, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Most people are going to look out for themselves in 2010 – that’s not going to have anything to do with policy and a lot more to do with whether their congressman can get pork, because pork = jobs. I’m sure you’re a pretty conservative dude but if electing a Democrat means pork and some temporary work as opposed to a Republican who might refuse that money or at least not aggressively pursue it – you’re going to be a (d) voter in 2010. Well, I guess that depends on who your Congressman/Senator is, but I think you get my point.

Anyway, hang in there. I think things are starting to turn around. It’s going to be a long recovery, but I think we’ve passed the worst of it.

Proud Rino on October 15, 2009 at 12:17 PM

emphasis added

mankai on March 4, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Just because Obama and the lame stream media says he is not socialist doesn’t mean he is not socialist. Both are proven liars and his actions and behaviors proves it all. They have tried spinning it with a different name or label as they always do but it did not work. Put your joker mask on and wear it proudly. Save your bullshit for ACORN and SEIU.

bluegrass on March 4, 2010 at 8:53 AM

In short, no honest person can deny the Cloward-Piven BS that’s going on before our very eyes. Is HotAir the John McCain of the blogosphere… Taking us in the same direction as the lefty progressives, just a bit slower?

FYI, you can start your own blog at blogger.com or wordpress, even without buying and hosting a domain.

RightWinged on March 4, 2010

Fair enough to paint AP with that brush but I just don’t agree with that shade on Ed. Yes, he’s preachy to the point of obnoxiousness sometimes and I tune out when he gets on his ego-fed high horse, but he understands the danger inherent in the Ob+ama statist agenda and speaks pretty well against it.

SKYFOX on March 4, 2010 at 9:31 AM

2010 will determine if 2012 will be the end.

MSGTAS on March 4, 2010 at 9:51 AM

CNN is running with this big time. According to VandeHei, first a Democrat, staying in the same hotel as the presentation, found it, then turned right around and said it was given to the person. Just like a Democrat, say two different things seconds apart and never get questioned about it.

Cindy Munford on March 4, 2010 at 10:32 AM

emphasis added

mankai on March 4, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Good job pointing out the inconsistencies of a serial liar.

daesleeper on March 4, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Given Obama’s push towards European style Socialism…I’d be comfortable calling myself a reactionary. Lets turn back the clock to Reaganism.

Daemonocracy on March 4, 2010 at 3:11 PM

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