Obama backer: Enough with the class-warfare rhetoric

posted at 12:05 pm on September 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Ted Leonsis owns a sports-entertainment conglomerate that includes three major-league sports teams, a major venue in Washington DC, as well as a number of Internet ventures.  He’s vice-chairman emeritus of AOL’s board, which last year purchased Huffington Post.  He’s also a big, big donor to the Democratic Party and its candidates, including Barack Obama, for whom Leonsis has already maxed out his contributions in this cycle and did the same in 2008.

That was in June, however, before Obama decided to shift to the Left and start indulging in class-warfare, soak-the-rich rhetoric in order to bolster his sagging ratings and change the dynamic of the 2012 race.  Leonsis rips Obama for demonizing the successful in a lengthy rant at his website:

I say this as I read all of the rhetoric about Class Warfare, the rift that is being created between economic middle and lower class and as the President said “those millionaires and billionaires.”

The real rift in philosophy though is do you want the Government to create jobs and stimulate the economy or do you want America’s small business to be the engine of growth?

Economic Success has somehow become the new boogie man; some in the Democratic party are now casting about for enemies and business leaders and anyone who has achieved success in terms of rank or fiscal success is being cast as a bad guy in a black hat. This is counter to the American Dream and is really turning off so many people that love American and basically carry our country on their back by paying taxes and by employing people and creating GDP.

This is a bad move all designed by some pollster who said this is the way to get votes during the re-election. It should be stopped. We should be healing and creating teams NOT dividing and pitting people against one another.

Well, congratulations to Leonsis for finally discovering the “real rift in philosophy” between central planners and free-market advocates.  The next question will be, “Why do you keep donating money to the central planners?”  Take a look at the candidates supported by the Leonsis household over the last three cycles, and you’ll see class-warfare stalwarts like Al Franken, Niki Tsongas, Jim Moran, and John Sarbanes along with Barack Obama, to the full legal maximums.  That’s why Leonsis gets a Captain Louis Renault award for this complaint in particular:

I voted for our President. I have maxed out on personal donations to his re-election campaign. I forgot his campaign wants to raise $1 billion. THAT is a lot of money–money–money–money! Money still talks. It blows my mind when I am asked for money as a donation at the same time I am getting blasted as being a bad guy!

Hopefully, this is a Road to Damascus moment for Leonsis and some of his colleagues, but the class-warfare rhetoric has been employed by Obama ever since he co-opted John Edwards’ campaign strategy in 2007 to campaign from Hillary Clinton’s left.  Leonsis could have discovered that he and his fellow entrepreneurs (I’d recommend reading Leonsis’ biography at the site to get a sense of his accomplishments in that area) were being demonized all along by the very people whose campaigns he funded.  They’re probably shocked, shocked that it took Leonsis this long to be shocked, shocked that Democrats are fundamentally hostile to the free-market principles that allowed him to create his fortune in the first place.

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I live in Northen Virginia, and have been a Caps fan for all of my 31 years.

Some of my money has gone to Obama’s warchest as a function of my attendance at games, so I’m glad to see Ted finally grasping the true intention of his candidate of choice.

Washington Nearsider on September 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Like the kid who smacks his friend and then gets one in return – he starts crying how he got hit – without admitting who started the alrercation.

honsy on September 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

It blows my mind when I am asked for money as a donation at the same time I am getting blasted as being a bad guy!

..he sounds pissed. He could also max himself out for Herman Cain if he wanted to, couldn’t he?

The War Planner on September 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

A big DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH to this dude.

It’s a wonder how successful people can still be so stupid.

capejasmine on September 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Hey, I have an idea! All these brilliant, innovative types have loads of cash and a curiously blind eye to the Dem’s open desire to impoverish them. Maybe I can set up a “Enact Karl’s Laws today!” platform and get Buffett, et. al. to donate a few million.

Why not? They seem stupid.

Vanceone on September 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Obama’s core political beliefs are based on class warfare.

To make Obama stop, would be to remove his very essence.

portlandon on September 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

What part of “spread the wealth” did he not understand?

rbj on September 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Shorter Leonsis

“I ran outta gas. I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from outta town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake, a terrible flood, locust’s. It wasn’t my fault!! I swear to God!!”

BobMbx on September 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Who knew billionaires and the CBC could both be used and taken for granted by the Obama team, simultaneously??!! Genius!/

txmomof6 on September 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM

..by the way, love the Casablanca clip, Ed. Could be a HA metaphor — sort of the Hypocrisy Humpbot as it were.

The War Planner on September 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Ted Leonsis owns a sports-entertainment conglomerate that includes three major-league sports teams…

I think we can do better finding people who disown Obama than the ultimate in crony capitalists/welfare recipients…sports team owners.

MNHawk on September 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Meh

Ted will still vote for King Barry regardless.

Knucklehead on September 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Economic Success has somehow become the new boogie man

Boogie? I don’t know, that word sounds kind of racist to me.

I’m going to have to report this guy to Attaaaack Waaaatch!

UltimateBob on September 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Reminds me of the frog and the scorpion…

Lanceman on September 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM

This is a bad move all designed by some pollster who said this is the way to get votes during the re-election.

The guy is still felony stupid. This “move” has been Barry since Day One.

GarandFan on September 27, 2011 at 12:14 PM

bho slams everybody! I can not for the life of me understand why anyone supports someone who has nothing positive to say about them? It might just be that people bho is counting on for votes and money are getting sick and tired of bho as most of here are.
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letget on September 27, 2011 at 12:14 PM

wonder if he also owes the US Government a BILLION dollars in back taxes too?

SDarchitect on September 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Awwww, I feel so sorry for this guy. He is suffering from “battered donater syndrome”. No matter how much the democrats demonize him he will stand by his man and continue to donate his hard earned money in the “hope” that this type of behavior will “change”. Good luck with that!

milwife88 on September 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

So has his misplaced guilt over being so successful been overcome by sensitivity to being personally vilified?

What took so long.

SlaveDog on September 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

A big DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH to this dude.

It’s a wonder how successful people can still be so stupid.

capejasmine on September 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Baffles my mind, too. I know a lot of PhDs, MDs, CRNAs, MBAs, etc who still support the SCoAMF. I have no idea how they were able to get advanced degrees when apparently they can’t perform simple math.

2 + 2 does not equal 5 in the real world.

UltimateBob on September 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

BobMbx on September 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM

LOL.

“Ohhhh Jake Barry.”

portlandon on September 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM

What part of “spread the wealth” did he not understand?

rbj on September 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Like the throngs he preaches to at school gymnasiums everywhere, they don’t thing he’s talking about them!

Lanceman on September 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM

He’ll probably still vote for Obama.

SlaveDog on September 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM

He’ll probably still vote for Obama.

SlaveDog on September 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Probably? To coin a phrase, BWAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!

Lanceman on September 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

BobMbx on September 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM

We’re on a mission from God.

Knucklehead on September 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

The real rift in philosophy though is do you want the Government to create jobs and stimulate the economy or do you want America’s small business to be the engine of growth?

About 20 years ago, I heard a man sum up the situation quite well. He said, “The problem is that a lot of people want a job, but not many of them want work.” The government does not create JOBS, however, the government CAN create make-work projects that essentially load the taxpayers down with more debt. Of course, that’s a great idea if your goal is to destroy a free system and usher in a dictatorship.

oldleprechaun on September 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

I think Obama wants this guy to stop whining too.

SlaveDog on September 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Why is ellen degenerate on the front page?

keep the change on September 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Stunning! He is an entrepreneur, with a multitude of businesses. Businesses, presumably, are affected by taxes, health benefits, economic downturns, etc. He is only JUST figuring out Obama’s MO?

herm2416 on September 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Hate to say I told you so, but…

vcferlita on September 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

D’oh

cmsinaz on September 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

What part of “spread the wealth” did he not understand?

rbj on September 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM

All of it apparently.

SKYFOX on September 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

We’re on a mission from God.

Knucklehead on September 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

“I hate Illinois Nazis” – a two-fer! It fits thisthread perfectly!

VegasRick on September 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Krauthammer “Obama governance phase is over“.

When did it ever begin?

Schadenfreude on September 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I think we can do better finding people who disown Obama than the ultimate in crony capitalists/welfare recipients…sports team owners.

MNHawk on September 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Thank you! I stopped supporting professional sports years ago because I was sick of hearing these teams – owned by billionaires and paying multi-million dollar salaries to thousands of players & other employees – always asking taxpayers to pay for their new stadiums. And the big city mayors just give them whatever they want.

I say, use your own money and build you own d@mn stadiums.

UltimateBob on September 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Why don’t these Marxist automatons just fall into line and stop making it difficult for Obama . . . surely they haven’t started thinking for themselves?

rplat on September 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

He will get some type of invite to an Obama function and the guy will donate the maximum to Obama again, then right before the election in 2012 he will write an new essay about how wonderful Obama is and should be re-elected.

This is the current fake out by all Obama Democrats; act hurt, disappointed, then right before the election suddenly realize just how “wonderful” Obama is and how bad it would be to have a Republican in the White House….

albill on September 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Why is ellen degenerate on the front page?

keep the change on September 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Because the mindless, dumbmasses decided to make her the next ‘in thing’. She’s not black, but she’s gay. Yes, that’ll do.

Lanceman on September 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

This is a bad move all designed by some pollster who said this is the way to get votes during the re-election.

So vocalizing what you really believe is a bad move?

This guy was smart enough to build an empire, but not smart enough to know that Democrats have always been about pitting one group against another to their advantage?

Class warfare is one of the Democratic Party’s staples, how could someone not know that?

ButterflyDragon on September 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Ted Leonsis owns a sports-entertainment conglomerate that includes three major-league sports teams, a major venue in Washington DC, as well as a number of Internet ventures. He’s vice-chairman emeritus of AOL’s board, which last year purchased Huffington Post. He’s also a big, big donor to the Democratic Party and its candidates, including Barack Obama, for whom Leonsis has already maxed out his contributions in this cycle and did the same in 2008.

AOL bigwig? ‘Nuff said.

Ward Cleaver on September 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

What part of “spread the wealth” did he not understand?

rbj on September 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM

He must not have believed it would be his wealth that would be targeted. He apparently believed he wasn’t part of the elusive “they” that Obama likes to villify and attack. Looks like he’s had a wake up call.

Fallon on September 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM

What’s interesting about Obama’s class warfare rhetoric is his use of the meme “millionaires and billionaires” but when he starts talking about raising taxes, he starts at 200K for single and 250K for couple. So his definition of millionaire seems to me to start at 200K. But nobody ask him why he defines millionaire at 200K.

Texas Gal on September 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM

“I hate Illinois Nazis” – a two-fer! It fits thisthread perfectly!

VegasRick on September 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.

Let’s hit it!

Knucklehead on September 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Just imagine how hard it is to be President. For example, today the POTUS will fly on the most expensive airplane ever built (and the most expensive to fly, btw) to Denver, where he will “deliver remarks” at a Denver area high school. Then he will fly back to DC.

Tough day.

“How was your flight, honey?”

“Awful. Simply awful. They forgot the arugula. Again! Then the pilot starts the descent into Andrews before the movie was over. I need a hug”

BobMbx on September 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Krauthammer “Obama governance phase is over“.

When did it ever begin?

Schadenfreude on September 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Thank God. This has been alot like passing a kidney stone. Even though it still hurts after the stone passes, you know it things are looking up.

BobMbx on September 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

What’s interesting about Obama’s class warfare rhetoric is his use of the meme “millionaires and billionaires” but when he starts talking about raising taxes, he starts at 200K for single and 250K for couple. So his definition of millionaire seems to me to start at 200K. But nobody ask him why he defines millionaire at 200K.

Texas Gal on September 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM

That’s always bothered me too. When it comes to taxes, I always seem to become one of the “rich”. If only it were true.

And what’s with the $200K for singles and $250K for couples? How does that work? Seems like getting a divorce (on paper) would be a financial incentive.

SlaveDog on September 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

The real rift in philosophy though is do you want the Government to create jobs and stimulate the economy or do you want America’s small business to be the engine of growth?

See Ted, that’s where you need to think some more.

Government does not create jobs. Once you realize that, you’re down to one option for job creation.

You’ll also be a republican.

BacaDog on September 27, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Make campaigns follow all the laws that Congress has set for corporations. Make them pay taxes, make them provide health care, make them pay minimum wage.

MayBee on September 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM

It blows my mind when I am asked for money as a donation at the same time I am getting blasted as being a bad guy!

Practically the definition of useful idiot.

WitchDoctor on September 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Like knucklehead said, he’ll still vote for this maroon

No sympathy here

cmsinaz on September 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Economic Success has somehow become the new boogie man; some in the Democratic party are now casting about for enemies and business leaders and anyone who has achieved success in terms of rank or fiscal success is being cast as a bad guy in a black hat.

A. New? Some? Where have you been since 1916?

B. “Black” hat? Racist!

mankai on September 27, 2011 at 12:44 PM

SlaveDog on September 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Yes, divorce is a tax shelter under Obama’s plan.

My conclusion is that Obama defines ‘rich’ as starting at 200K. So that’s the top of the middle class? Where is the bottom of the middle class? Because that is where he defines the beginning of the lower class and that’s where the redistribution is going to go.

Texas Gal on September 27, 2011 at 12:44 PM

So here’s Obama in a very rough spot. He needs more than just his base to win, but he can’t win without his base. But he can’t secure it without slapping the bear even more. And unlike Ron Burgundy, he’s really got no one to blame but himself.

Schadenfreude on September 27, 2011 at 12:46 PM

You’ve Got Fail!

Christien on September 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I understand Obama’s position. You can hardly compromise with nutjobs who routinely boo gay soldiers and applaud the deaths of those without health insurance. Those are some sick people. That’s not who we are as a country.

/

Paul-Cincy on September 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

This is like the polls yesterday showing Jews are frustrated with Obama. All fine and good. Except Jews will vote for Obama 80% again as will this guy.

You notice nowhere in that article does he ever say he either regrets voting for Obama or says he won’t vote for Obama in 2012.

angryed on September 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

The real rift in philosophy though is do you want the Government to create jobs and stimulate the economy or do you want America’s small business to be the engine of growth?

See Ted, that’s where you need to think some more.

Government does not create jobs. Once you realize that, you’re down to one option for job creation.

You’ll also be a republican.

BacaDog on September 27, 2011 at 12:37 PM

This is where the Dems are counting on guilt to pull them through. In 2008 it was White guilt, in 2012 it will be Success guilt. Those evil successful people who happened to “make it rich” should feel guilty and pay more in taxes and vote for Obama to assuage their guilt. Look at that guy yesterday at the townhall, he will show the way to get rid of the guilt and be more patriotic. He also has to wait in line for medical care and pay more in premiums for himself and his employees. It is all about the guilt. Unless it is guilt for being promiscuous or lazy. That kind of guilt is Puritanically inspired and won’t be tolerated!!

txmomof6 on September 27, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Why is ellen degenerate on the front page?

keep the change on September 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Because Obama danced with her on some TV show a long time ago. And by danced, I don’t mean a waltz.

AnotherOpinion on September 27, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Anyone seen Ellen’s “house”? It’s Al Gore size. Another green hypocrite. Hope she get’s taxed up to her neck. Rube.

Hummer53 on September 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I understand the contributions to Tsongas and Sarbanes. Like Ted, they’re of Greek descent. As am I. But c’mon Ted, it’s long past time to put the Dems in the penalty box. Permanently.

SleeplessinChicago on September 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM

are the two lesbians in that picture dancing or fighting?

mittens on September 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Because Obama danced with her on some TV show a long time ago. And by danced, I don’t mean a waltz.

AnotherOpinion on September 27, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Obama’s best George Jefferson impersonation. Like his presidency…a big fail!

capejasmine on September 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Hummer53 on September 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I’d say 100% of celebs, or rich people that espouse global warming, and live high and mighty in mansions with cars, and private planes are hypocrites. They talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.

With the exception of Ed Begley jr.

capejasmine on September 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM

It’s not like Obama’s schtick – attacks on millionaires and billionaires is anything new. Remember AIG? Different day, same class warfare.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/21/activists-protest-bonuses_n_177669.html

Apologies for the link to Huff’n’Blo.

notta_dhimmi on September 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Cavuto needs to book Leonsis on his show.

CliffHanger on September 27, 2011 at 1:02 PM

That was in June, however, before Obama decided to shift to the Left do what he always wanted to do in his heart of hearts and start indulging in class-warfare, soak-the-rich rhetoric in order to bolster his sagging ratings and change the dynamic of the 2012 race. Leonsis rips Obama for demonizing the successful in a lengthy rant at his website:

Rip yourself Leonis. It’s fools like you who put this marxist in the White House and your fellow citizens out of work,

Basilsbest on September 27, 2011 at 1:04 PM

. . . terms of rank or fiscal success is being cast as a bad guy in a black hat. This is counter to the American Dream . . .

Uh-oh. He said “black hat” (just like Parry’s “black cloud”. He is a RACIST.

DuctTapeMyBrain on September 27, 2011 at 1:11 PM

He could also max himself out for Herman Cain if he wanted to, couldn’t he?

The War Planner on September 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Seriuosly? Cain is unintelligible at best, and could never defeat Obozo in the general, so get off the Cain Train before he ends up being all we’re left with to support. While I’d never vote for Obozo, I would not vote for Cain either. A Godfather Pizza dish washer turned CEO does not a President make.

More people like you even mentioning Cain’s name gave us choices like McCain vs. Obozo, and Dole vs. Clinton. The idea is to take control of the administrative branch, not support it’s liberal staffing…

stacman on September 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Democrat donors like this putz are likely suffering from a political variation of “battered wives syndrome”….

No matter how badly they (the dem donors) are treated, they just won’t leave.

Tim Zank on September 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

When he came after Vegas I didn’t worry, I don’t work in Vegas.

When he bailed out Ford’s competition to make it more difficult for them I didn’t worry, I don’t make cars.

When he attacked Corporate Jet owners, I barely use mine, no problems.

When he attacked ATM’s I’m not in the banking industry.

When he attacked the Oil Industry, I don’t drill for Oil.

When he said he’s shut down coal, I don’t run a power plant, or mine coal.

When he attacked Bankers and Wall Street regularly, I don’t work there.

When he attacked Gibson and left CF Martin alone; I AM a big Democrat donor, so I was fine.

When he bailed out Solyndra to keep them in the market; I don’t make solar panels, so it didn’t hurt me.

When he attacked doctors for needlessly cutting off feet; I’m not a doctor, no worries.

Seriously Ted? Now you’re going to be surprised and shocked that he’s after you along with everyone else?

Leonsis gets a Captain Louis Renault award

Yes, yes he does.

gekkobear on September 27, 2011 at 1:15 PM

How many people realize that there are a MILLION millionaires in America?

Without entrepreneurs, the standard of living for every American would be a tiny fraction of what it is today.

logis on September 27, 2011 at 1:16 PM

It is amazing to me, intelligent people can’t connect the simplest dots.
Jews, the same thing, blacks the same, Hispanics, same…each and every one of these groups get absolutely nothing in return but rhetoric and promises…promises that dems will get re-elected.
Now Obama has stepped on the toes of not just voters, but of contributors.
Nothing is more destructive to America than this class envy.
One other thing….
All that has been done is kept people from making the leap from middle class, to upper middle class to being “rich”.
It hasn’t slowed down the rich from being rich, in fact more “rich”. But it is a wall, at $200,000 or $250,000 or whatever that stops the middle class to step up and be “wealthy.
It’s a barrier to success…not a plan to add revenue.

right2bright on September 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Seriuosly? Cain is unintelligible at best, and could never defeat Obozo in the general, so get off the Cain Train before he ends up being all we’re left with to support. While I’d never vote for Obozo, I would not vote for Cain either. A Godfather Pizza dish washer turned CEO does not a President make.

More people like you even mentioning Cain’s name gave us choices like McCain vs. Obozo, and Dole vs. Clinton. The idea is to take control of the administrative branch, not support it’s liberal staffing…

stacman on September 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

I don’t know who you are, if you are even a legitimate poster or some guy who pops up during campaigns to impugn the reputation of conservatives.
A leader is a leader…no matter if it is military, political, or business. Every one of our candidates are exceptional at what they had accomplished…it just so happens Cain is the only one who did it in the private sector.
Go ahead and demean a business leader, a proven successful man…you must love people like Al Gore, why he has done both…
You place your heart and soul on professional politicians, since it is obvious business leadership doesn’t amount impress you.
Tell me, how well has the professional politicians done recently?
McCain is no Cain, Dole is no Cain…those were professional lifelong politicians, I suppose Newt is your guy?

right2bright on September 27, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Ted Leonsis,

Stop whining. Take off your slippers and put on your marching shoes!!

shick on September 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Hey Ted, I made a comment last night on your blog which never appeared. Here it is in case you missed it:

I agree with you’re criticism but the class warfare rhetoric wasn’t devised by some focus group. No, this IS Barack Obama.

This is the man who taught Alinsky tactics, who said he would raise the capital gains tax even if it would result in lower revenues, the man who vilified going to Las Vegas, vilified insurance companies and doctors (tonsils, amputations) etc etc etc.

Where have you been? Why have you engaged in willfull blindness regarding Barack Obama? It has to come from some distorted sense of guilt about your own success. Yet the policies of Barack Obama would prevent future success stories like your own.

No Niks on September 27, 2011 at 1:28 PM

ATTAAAAACK WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hillbillyjim on September 27, 2011 at 1:28 PM

You notice nowhere in that article does he ever say he either regrets voting for Obama or says he won’t vote for Obama in 2012.

angryed on September 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

But here is the danger to Obama…a couple of % of blacks, couple of % of Jews, a few % of independents…and you have a loser.
It doesn’t take much % of a base to undermine a candidate…because for every 1% from Obama, 1% goes (in theory) to the Republican.
So the 5% loss, takes down Obama 5% and raises Cain up 5%…that is a loss to Obama. His 53% becomes 48%, and McCain’s 47% goes to 52%…those few % is all it takes.

right2bright on September 27, 2011 at 1:29 PM

This is where the Dems are counting on guilt to pull them through. In 2008 it was White guilt, in 2012 it will be Success guilt. Those evil successful people who happened to “make it rich” should feel guilty and pay more in taxes and vote for Obama to assuage their guilt. Look at that guy yesterday at the townhall, he will show the way to get rid of the guilt and be more patriotic. He also has to wait in line for medical care and pay more in premiums for himself and his employees. It is all about the guilt. Unless it is guilt for being promiscuous or lazy. That kind of guilt is Puritanically inspired and won’t be tolerated!!

txmomof6 on September 27, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Rush spent the first hour talking about this guy from the town hall. Rush said that guy is one of the google millionaires who is now living off of capital gains and dividends, and remember, the capital gains are taxed at 15%. So this guy, who no longer has a taxable W2 wage, now wants everyone else who hasn’t lucky enough or smart enough to work for a start up that became a huge success in the market, to pay more in taxes. Typical liberal. This guy has donated over $35K to liberal politicians and used to work for the liberal rag in San Jose, according to Rush.

karenhasfreedom on September 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

and he’ll be first in line to vote for obama again too. crocodile tears. spare me, please.

abcurtis on September 27, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Just remember that Ted Leonsis can’t take credit for anything he accomplished in his lifetime. It was all due to the road network that ran by his front door and the government regulations that kept his cut throat competitors at bay. At least that was my understanding of the latest Dem talking point.

Fred 2 on September 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM

It blows my mind when I am asked for money as a donation at the same time I am getting blasted as being a bad guy!

It blows my mind that you were dumb enough to buy this “Hope and Change” bullsh!t in the first place.

(also…got to love seeing Ellen wearing her Peace Sign shirt with the “anti-war President” that wages war without Congressional approval and is bombing the he!! out of countries all over the globe….)

……..yea..peace out and bombs awayyyyyyyyyy.

Baxter Greene on September 27, 2011 at 2:26 PM

My conclusion is that Obama defines ‘rich’ as starting at 200K.

Texas Gal on September 27, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Years ago, when he was still a staff writer for the Miami Herald, Dave Barry noted that Democrats believe the definition of a “rich person” is anyone who owns more than one shoe. I think he was correct.

oldleprechaun on September 27, 2011 at 2:27 PM

anyone who has achieved success in terms of rank or fiscal success is being cast as a bad guy in a black hat.

Wait…did he say black hat? Raaaaaaacist!

Alden Pyle on September 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

The real rift in philosophy though is do you want the Government to create jobs and stimulate the economy or do you want America’s small business to be the engine of growth?

No $hit.

Badger40 on September 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Hey Ted, I made a comment last night on your blog which never appeared. Here it is in case you missed it: …

No Niks on September 27, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Don’t worry, mine is simply “awaiting moderation” too… apparently they don’t have time to moderate the ones that criticize him in this manner; although they do have time to moderate and approve several that were posted after mine as well.

gekkobear on September 27, 2011 at 3:01 PM

This is a bad move all designed by some pollster who said this is the way to get votes during the re-election.

I got a news flash for you Ted, you nitwit — O’Bozo is his own pollster, remember? He’s smarter than his speechwriters and his pollsters and has better political instincts than his political advisers?

This class warfare, wealth redistribution, tax the “rich” nonsense is the real O’Bozo. Another billionaire duped by an affirmative-action huckster.

Jaibones on September 27, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Democrats have been using class warfare my entire life. The entitlement mentality problem is a direct and deliberate result.

mike_NC9 on September 27, 2011 at 4:05 PM

And since you have never worked before in a real job for a real company, you need help from people who have been there.

Boom…taste my nightstick!

pain train on September 27, 2011 at 4:11 PM

It’s a wonder how successful people can still be so stupid.

capejasmine on September 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I think a lot of their success comes from luck; being at the right place at the right time, happen to know someone at the right time, and then finally, everything falls into place when they try their venture. Just have to be smart enough to recognize some of these things. Not all successful people are dazzling bright. I need to mention hard work, also.

Mirimichi on September 27, 2011 at 5:28 PM

I think we can do better finding people who disown Obama than the ultimate in crony capitalists/welfare recipients…sports team owners.

MNHawk on September 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I say, use your own money and build you own d@mn stadiums.

UltimateBob on September 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Those sentiments may not be accurate for Leonsis. I believe the Arena where the Caps play was built from the private wealth of the prior majority owner, Abe Caplan (deceased now). If I am wrong about this I hope someone corrects me, but it’s always been my impression that Caplan built the Arena on his own, and it’s placement in a depressed area of downtown DC spurred a lot of other private investment in that neighborhood, turning it into a great nightspot.

Red State State of Mind on September 27, 2011 at 7:15 PM

My money is on the bet that he continues to donate to Democrats and will also vote for Obama and the Dems next election cycle.

/Sometimes rich people just ain’t that bright

AZfederalist on September 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM