Obama campaign manager: Billion-dollar campaign is BS

posted at 3:35 pm on December 29, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

You know, nothing says classy in a presidential campaign like having to bleep out a word from the national campaign manager in a prepared video.  The Daily Caller catches Obama 2012 chief Jim Messina calling the billion-dollar expectations of their fundraising “bull****” at the 2:50 mark, and arguing that their fundraising relies on $3-$5 donations from all you ordinary ****-kickers out there, or something:

“People have speculated this is a billion-dollar campaign,” said Messina. “That’s bullshit. We don’t take PAC money unlike our opponents. We fund this campaign in contributions of three dollars or five dollars or whatever you can do to help us expand the map, to put more people on the ground, to build a real grassroots campaign that is going to be the difference between winning and losing.”

Messina might have a point, albeit with a potty-mouthed presentation.  The billion-dollar campaign theme started with this Wall Street Journal article, where Democratic Party leaders (unnamed) speculated that the 2012 presidential election would cost each party one billion dollars — not necessarily the campaigns alone.  That’s due in large part to Obama himself, however, who refused to participate in the federal election fund and its spending limitations in 2008 after promised earlier to comply, and then doing nothing to fix the system he claimed was “broken” for the three years he’s been in office.  Obama raised $600 million on his own in 2008 after bailing out of the system, and he didn’t do that in increments of $3, either.

Nor has he done so in this cycle.  Messina conveniently neglects to mention that the Obama campaign has a few bundlers raising big money for the campaign.  Did I say “a few”?  More like three hundred and fifty-seven of them, including Obama’s personal envoy to Wall Street, MF Global CEO Jon Corzine, a magician whose firm made $1.2 billion in customer funds disappear.  That figure includes 78 from law firms, 62 from the investment community, 31 from “business services,” and 15 from the entertainment industry.

While you watch the video, though, notice the top scenarios that Messina outlines as their path to 270 electoral votes.  They’re basing it on the 2004 election, not Obama’s own win in 2008, which should tell you something about how they see the 2012 environment … since John Kerry lost that race.  I’d presume that even though Messina says that they see 40 different paths to 270 from the 2004 baseline that he’s presenting what he sees as their best scenarios.  In all of these, Messina assumes that they’ve lost Indiana and that they’ll keep Wisconsin and Michigan, which went all red in 2010.  They also assume they’ll carry Iowa and New Hampshire in most of these paths, which doesn’t sound like a good assumption to make at this point.  Arizona is a pipe dream; the GOP turns out more heavily than do Democrats in that state.  If these are their best arguments to get to 270, at least at the moment, that should be heartening for Republicans.


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‘Occupiers’, just for U.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Obama is no longer a god, just a dude.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2011 at 3:39 PM

All you nature lovers out there, what bottomfeeding fish does this guy’s profile most resemble?

NoDonkey on December 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Sure, and those $5 donations come from people such as Doodad Pro, Harley D. Avidson, Sam Francisco, and the entire Dallas Cowboys defensive line.

This a campaign supported by the little people who just want their imaginary voices heard.

Bishop on December 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

…and if you don’t believe me, then you will just have to pay for your own $32,500 dinner!

/SO

singlemalt 18 on December 29, 2011 at 3:42 PM

they see 40 different paths to 270 from the 2004 baseline that he’s presenting what he sees as their best scenarios.

My favorite scenario is 269, each, so that the House will decide. That would retire Nancy Pelosi the witch. May her broom fly her far away, never to return.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Just give me a Re-elect Barry postage paid envelope and I’ll send him a few bucks…and tape the envelope to an anvil.

Dack Thrombosis on December 29, 2011 at 3:42 PM

The campaign is only going to need about $500 million since they’re putting the rest of their campaign costs on the executive branch tab.

Thanks for the campaign buses taxpayers!

forest on December 29, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Iowa will go Obama, again. She’s been turning more ‘sophisticated’.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

The guy looks like he’s never seen the light of day, and the closest he’s ever been to a football field is watching a game on tv.

He’s the PERFECT spokesman for the Left.

OhEssYouCowboys on December 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Sounds like Obama’s whole campaign is BS.

cartooner on December 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Corzine had the $Billion, where did it go?

Nemesis of Jihad on December 29, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Assuming they will carry Wisconsin? Better check those assumptions.

Wisconsin is primed to flip red. Honey Badger says so.

WisRich on December 29, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Buying votes, one thuggery/illegal at a time.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Who needs a billion dollars when you have mindless chimps parroting how wonderful our economy is and a whole block of voters supporting him so they keep getting their benefits from the goverment.

Obama by 5 points with 50%… the same 50% that pay no taxes.

acyl72 on December 29, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Team Progressive spent a boat-load of loot in 2008,
and for 2012,it’ll be a sh*t-load.

Nice try Team Blue!!

canopfor on December 29, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Corzine had the $Billion, where did it go?

Nemesis of Jihad on December 29, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Nemesis:Good point,and Solyndra had a Billion in private funds,
that has vanished,besides the $535 Million from taxpayers!

canopfor on December 29, 2011 at 3:49 PM

What a douchebag.

Red Cloud on December 29, 2011 at 3:49 PM

acyl72 on December 29, 2011 at 3:46 PM

You’re dead-on. Obamuh doesn’t need to raise a dime. Around half of the voters will vote against Obamuh, because he’s a Communist. Around half of the voters will vote for Obamuh, because he’s a Communist.

If he doesn’t raise a dime, this next election will be 51%-49% – one way or the other.

OhEssYouCowboys on December 29, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Messina might have a point, albeit with a potty-mouthed presentation.

Hey, the guy’s not singeing my eyebrows off like Rahm could, but maybe by election day…
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 29, 2011 at 3:50 PM

My ears, my soul and my brain thank you for not playing this sissy more often.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Priceless, they really think they are grassroots.

rob verdi on December 29, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Why should Obama need all that money when the Republicans are imploding!

Romney is going to bring down the house of cards.

Sparky5253 on December 29, 2011 at 3:52 PM

We fund this campaign in contributions of three dollars or five dollars

I think you forgot to add that you get contributions from all the unions that you gave billions of “stimulus” dollars to, and all those failing “green” companies you gave billions of taxpayer money to, and all those Wall Street firms you keep giving taxpyaer money to, and GE … who pays no taxes.

All those people take those taxpayer dollars and give it right back to democrats.

darwin on December 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM

This Jim Messina character looks chillingly disturbing. I hope they make a lot more videos of him for people to see. Yes We Can… totally creep you out!

Hell, I’d give this guy $3-$5 just to go away.

phineasgage on December 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM

NRO Editor Williamson “Repo Man” article yesterday stated that Wall Street bought Obama the White House, and bought Mitt Romney to perpetuate the presidential graft 2012.

Obama’s Illegal Hot Line

The Chief Executive is not simply evading enforcement of laws via his illegal policies, but perpetuates the prosecution of any constitutional law enforcement.

maverick muse on December 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM

2012 Presidential Candidate Fundraising Summary
************************************************

The first 2012 presidential primaries and caucuses may still be months away, but potential contenders are already crisscrossing the country in bids to boost their political profiles and raise money. Presidential candidates are required to file campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission each quarter this year, and each month beginning in 2012. Here OpenSecrets.org highlights how the candidates are stacking up in the money chase, as they build massive political war chests to get their messages out to voters.
================

Barack Obama (D) $86,215,580
—————————-

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/index.php

canopfor on December 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM

We fund this campaign in contributions of three dollars or five dollars or whatever you can do to help us expand the map, to put more people on the ground, to build a real grassroots campaign that is going to be the difference between winning and losing.”

Bullsh$t!

JPeterman on December 29, 2011 at 3:57 PM

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canopfor on December 29, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Classy just like he has treated this country for the last three years

evergreenland on December 29, 2011 at 4:01 PM

darwin on December 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Don’t forget those mysterious credit cards with the diddled threshold restraints.

a capella on December 29, 2011 at 4:02 PM

LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!
B S…B S..YOU BIG LIAR!

KOOLAID2 on December 29, 2011 at 4:02 PM

We fund this campaign in contributions of three dollars or five dollars…

So, at five dollars a head he would need 100 million contributions just to get to a half billion dollars. Yeah, that’s believable. Good thing the Obamabots are mathematically (and economically) illiterate, otherwise they might think that statement is Bullsh1t.

RadClown on December 29, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Who needs a billion dollars when you have mindless chimps parroting how wonderful our economy is and a whole block of voters supporting him so they keep getting their benefits from the goverment.

Obama by 5 points with 50%… the same 50% that pay no taxes.

acyl72 on December 29, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Better tell that to the Romney pimps around here who are convinced Romney will win 56 states because the American populace loves wooden rich old white Mormon RINO Wall Street millionaires

angryed on December 29, 2011 at 4:07 PM

If you have anything to do with 0bama you have to be a pathological liar.

jukin3 on December 29, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Wait, he REALLY thinks Obama will take Arizona? Really.

*snork*

*chortle*

Hehe. Ha. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA*snerk*HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!!!!

Stop it! Stop it! It hurts!

ExUrbanKevin on December 29, 2011 at 4:11 PM

“That’s bullshit. We don’t take PAC money unlike our opponents

Wall Street gives Obama their money. That’s why.

Gatekeeper on December 29, 2011 at 4:13 PM

This Jim Messina character looks chillingly disturbing. I hope they make a lot more videos of him for people to see. Yes We Can… totally creep you out!

Hell, I’d give this guy $3-$5 just to go away.

phineasgage on December 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM

But what would Kenny Loggins say?

Del Dolemonte on December 29, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Wait, he REALLY thinks Obama will take Arizona? Really.

*snork*

*chortle*

Hehe. Ha. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA*snerk*HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!!!!

Stop it! Stop it! It hurts!

ExUrbanKevin on December 29, 2011 at 4:11 PM

People said the same thing about Colorado in 2008. AZ like CO has had a huge influx of Californians over the past 10-15 years. Demographics change fast. Remember, Bush Sr. won California in 1988 and in 1992 didn’t even bother campaigning there. And ever since ’92 CA is an automatic win for the Dems. You don’t think it can happen in AZ just as fast?

angryed on December 29, 2011 at 4:17 PM

The guy looks like he’s never seen the light of day, and the closest he’s ever been to a football field is watching a game on tv.

He’s the PERFECT spokesman for the Left.

OhEssYouCowboys on December 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Appearance, mannerisms & creep factor aside, he is indeed a perfect Leftist. He majored in Political Science and has never come close to working in the private sector.

These are the types of Lefties that do not understand the real world outside of a classroom and support farces such as Porkulus, Ca$h4Clunkerz, Solyndra, ObamaCare, etc. Destructive policy, especially for the poor and less fortunate.

visions on December 29, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Obama’s Illegal Hot Line

The Chief Executive is not simply evading enforcement of laws via his illegal policies, but perpetuates the prosecution of any constitutional law enforcement.

maverick muse on December 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM

And building a voter base.

This is similar to Holder’s running around the country, challenging voter ID laws so that the ballot box is stuffed.

onlineanalyst on December 29, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Lib’s don’t mind that kind of language…

OmahaConservative on December 29, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Obama has no margin for error. He’ll have to run a great campaign, have the economy really pick up steam, and hope for some unforced errors from the GOP candidate to win. I think Romney could take a few Obama 08 states…Michigan New Hampshire and Wisconsin particularly. Maybe even PA, but that’s a stretch.

therightwinger on December 29, 2011 at 4:24 PM

This is all well and fine, but shouldn’t the campaign be telling us how they are going to help America out of this malaise? Shouldn’t they be showing leadership and commitment to create more jobs? (Wouldn’t that win them the election?)
Why are they telling us their strategies for winning the election? Are we supposed to breath a sigh of relief now that we know he has a chance of winning? Is his strategy to win the election, everyone else be damned?
Come on!

xdwall on December 29, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Ya know what’s BullSh!t??? This President!

search4truth on December 29, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Typical liberal worm

ObamatheMessiah on December 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM

All you nature lovers out there, what bottomfeeding fish does this guy’s profile most resemble?

NoDonkey on December 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

My first thought on it was Hagfish.

cozmo on December 29, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Messina and David Plouffe – equal creepiness factor with both of these goons. And, surprisingly, both are career political staffers.

Why are so many on the Left so damned spooky looking?

Common Sense Floridian on December 29, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Faster than a speeding booty

Able to leap Robert Reich in a single bound!

Yes boys and girls, he’s just a doooood.

MNHawk on December 29, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Pennsylvania is blue in 5 of the 6 maps shown. Didn’t they pay attention in 2010? Or do they think Philly and Pittsburgh will be enough to carry the state when there’s also an election for the Senate–currently held by a D–involved?

joated on December 29, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Buying votes, one thuggery/illegal at a time.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2011 at 3:46 PM

From ICE’s website:

• Further emphasis that LEAs may only hold an individual for a period not to exceed 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays). It also advises individuals that if ICE does not take them into custody within the 48 hours, they should contact the LEA or entity that is holding them to inquire about their release from state or local custody.

• Directions for individuals who may have a civil rights or civil liberties complaint regarding ICE activities.

• The new form allows ICE to make the detainer operative only upon the individual’s conviction of the offense for which he or she was arrested.

Fun Fact: ICE is an arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

hillbillyjim on December 29, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Is it just me, or shouldn’t the statement be: “We don’t take PAC money like our opponents”? Either way, I don’t buy that for a second. As for the fish guess, I’m going with monkfish.

natasha333 on December 29, 2011 at 4:41 PM

-Now just a minute here. Neither Obama nor Axelrod pooh-poohed this story. And the DNC actually played on it. As did MSM. Remember John King fantasizing how a billion dollars would sink the GOP forever?
Did we hear a word contrary? The same John King that sits in the press room and is so buddy-buddy with all the WH.

pat on December 29, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Anyone living in a state that does not go from red to blue in one of these scenarios, Obama and Company just gave you the ol’ number one with his middle finger.

jfox21 on December 29, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Obama has no margin for error. He’ll have to run a great campaign, have the economy really pick up steam, and hope for some unforced errors from the GOP candidate to win.

therightwinger on December 29, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Youre really not paying attention to this administration i think.

They are literally willing to ignore the constitution to do what they wish and the media gives them a pass.

I’m betting the unemployment rate is 8% in october, the house gop has been branded as a tax raiser off the payroll tax issue and the gop candidate is labeled a corporate loving war monger.

only way this isnt razor close is if the tea party becomes as big as the US military.

cougar on December 29, 2011 at 4:45 PM

We fund this campaign in contributions of three dollars or five dollars or whatever you can do to help us expand the map.

Now that’s REALLY bullscat.

flataffect on December 29, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Yep, just 20 bucks here, 30 bucks there, from Micky Mouse, Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, all, from Middle Eastern Countries and Africa.

Yep, grass roots donations, ya know, just growing in another COUNTRY.

Robert Jensen on December 29, 2011 at 4:46 PM

This guy is what I picture csdevem would look like.

angryed on December 29, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Sure, they run on $3-5 donations.

It’s just all of them are from Doodad Pro, and they’re $3-5 so they don’t have to report Doodad Pro’s Occupation and Employer.

BKennedy on December 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM

just another maroon for dear leader

cmsinaz on December 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Robert Jensen on December 29, 2011 at 4:46 PM

THIS

cmsinaz on December 29, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Obama’s “fundraising relies on $3-$5 donations” from the Gaza strip and in million donation bundles from George Soros, Kaiser and Obama’s other Billionaire pals buying future tax-payer subsidized kickbacks.

DANEgerus on December 29, 2011 at 4:57 PM

They are confident that, with the renamed acorn, o.w.s. and other
distractions ( or crises ) no one will notice the election being
stolen.

amadan on December 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM

We fund this campaign in contributions of three dollars or five dollars or whatever you can do to help us expand the map, to put more people on the ground, to build a real grassroots campaign that is going to be the difference between winning and losing.”

Is this a**hole really stupid enough to expect anyone who isn’t an Obamunist to believe his bulls**t?

single stack on December 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Messina conveniently neglects to mention that the Obama campaign has a few bundlers raising big money for the campaign.

Yeah, they’ve got ‘selective memory’ down pat. So how do those ‘big donors’ feel when they’re less valued than the $3-$5 donors?

GarandFan on December 29, 2011 at 5:07 PM

It’s good to come to a realization that your candidate, your campaign, your whole worth is bullshiite.

/Admission of failure is the first step back to some Chicago stoop where you can antagonize at will. Oh, wait. Illinois is a right to work state, therefore you have no will to exercise.

Now I get it.

Earl Bombah Chicago 2017

Key West Reader on December 29, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Challenge:

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS BILL DALEY?

Key West Reader on December 29, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Why are so many on the Left so damned spooky looking?

Common Sense Floridian on December 29, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Prolonged exposure and participation in evil takes its toll – emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.

Midas on December 29, 2011 at 5:09 PM

You remember that rainy evenin’
I throwed you out, with nothin but a fine tooth comb
I know I’m to blame, now… ain’t it a shame
So baby, won’t you please come

I said now, won’t you please come

Bill Daley, won’t you please…. come on home

Heh. Bill Daley.

Key West Reader on December 29, 2011 at 5:11 PM

All you nature lovers out there, what bottomfeeding fish does this guy’s profile most resemble?

NoDonkey on December 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Punk looks like Julian Assange to me.

UltimateBob on December 29, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Ed,

You’re getting emotional. These are obviously not best case scenarios. They are means to end; the simplest ways to win. It’s not as though Obama and his team is relying on one of these plans… but to build a grassroots campaign in all, if not most of, the states you yourself acknowledge was a part of him getting elected initially.

Don’t let your seething hatred get in the way of your logic. It makes you look desperate.

RanchTooth on December 29, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I operate on the assumption that anything having to do with Obama, his administration and his campaign is BS: BS is the default position. Anything he says or does will automatically be assumed to be false unless verified elsewhere by non-liberal sources.

arik1969 on December 29, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Does this include tax payer funded campaigning….add that in and it could easily be a billion dollars…

Oh and that really is bullsh!*

DWoDiego on December 29, 2011 at 5:22 PM

YEP his lips are moving

renowebb on December 29, 2011 at 5:23 PM

GOP must flip, Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia and North Carolina for the win. Makes it 270 – 268.

Should the GOP also get NH and Wisconsin, it’ll be 284 – 254.

Dino V on December 29, 2011 at 5:29 PM

We fund this campaign in contributions of three dollars or five dollars or …

The people who used to have the $3 or $5 don’t have it anymore cuz they lost their jobs and couldn’t get one of the millions of jobs Oblunder allegedly created.

… whatever you can do to help us expand the map, …

You mean the leftovers of ACORN’s registered phony voters who live at vacant lots?

… to put more people on the ground, …

You mean “above” the ground as in all those dead people who are voting for Obutthead?

Seriously I don’t get it–between Corzine and Solyndra, how is it that Obigspender even needs to do campaign fundraising?

stukinIL4now on December 29, 2011 at 5:37 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86-XrU8sh60

OxyCon on December 29, 2011 at 6:38 PM

I predict Florida will not go Obama. There is no enthusiasm for him but a lot against him. His supporters no longer try to defend him.

Grunt on December 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

You can only count on CA, MA and NY, Jim. I wouldn’t even take Illinois for granted if I were you.

ZGMF_Freedom on December 29, 2011 at 6:52 PM

GOP must flip, Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia and North Carolina for the win. Makes it 270 – 268.

Should the GOP also get NH and Wisconsin, it’ll be 284 – 254.

Dino V on December 29, 2011 at 5:29 PM

GOP won’t get NM. Or WI.

People said the same thing about Colorado in 2008. AZ like CO has had a huge influx of Californians over the past 10-15 years. Demographics change fast. Remember, Bush Sr. won California in 1988 and in 1992 didn’t even bother campaigning there. And ever since ’92 CA is an automatic win for the Dems. You don’t think it can happen in AZ just as fast?

angryed on December 29, 2011 at 4:17 PM

+1

Daikokuco on December 29, 2011 at 7:07 PM

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE MAPS IS MOSTLY RED/GOP.

AND MOST OF THE BLUE STATES THE DEMS WIN ARE WON IN THE DENSEST URBAN COUNTIES.

MOST COUNTIES VOTE GOP. BY FAR.

WHO ARE THE VOTERS IN THE DENSE CITIES?

LEFT-WING DUPES, GOVERNMENT WORKERS AND FACTIONS THAT GET LARGE GIFTS FROM DEM CONTROLLED BUREAUCRACIES.

THEY ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH WHAT MOST REAL AMERICANS BELIEVE AND EXPERIENCE AND HOPE FOR.

THEY HAVE MORE IN COMMON WITH MILLIBAND AND HOLLANDE THAN WASHINGTON OR LINCOLN.

reliapundit on December 29, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Arizona? Really? This state is a sea of “NO-bama” stickers

Raptor on December 29, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Wasn’t Messina the Deputy Chief of Staff in 2010?

He was reportedly involved in offering jobs to Andrew Romanoff to drop out of the latter’s Senate race with Michael Bennet in Colorado, right?

What’s a cuss word on an official campaign video in light of that?

Barrack on December 29, 2011 at 8:01 PM

GOP must flip, Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia and North Carolina for the win. Makes it 270 – 268.

Should the GOP also get NH and Wisconsin, it’ll be 284 – 254.

Dino V on December 29, 2011 at 5:29 PM

People are suggesting that the 2012 map is going to look a lot like the 2010 Congressional rout. I suggest it won’t, and suggest further that Dino is pointing to a daunting task for Mr. Romney (who will be the GOP nominee).

New Mexico will be decided by a few thousand votes but very easily could go blue.

Virginia should go red, one would think, but the northern part of the state, central Richmond, and the Norfolk area are solid blue. Obama is going to have a huge push here.

Ohio is always close. Florida is always close. Wisconsin is always just out of reach.

Obama will have an enormous operation funded by all those $3 donations, and the bundles, and the off-shore crooked donations, and so on. They will work very hard to buy votes in all these states. They are counting on depressing the Pub vote any way they can (look at the MSM already for all the tales about disaffection, etc; that will get worse). And while Romney has a reasonably capable organization, he doesn’t have the depth and wretched crookedness that the Dems have, so he’s at a disadvantage.

My hope is that organizations like American Crossroads make up what the Pubs and Romney will clearly lack, which is an understanding of how to go for the throat.

But this one is NOT going to be easy. We have to get Obama out of office; our country can’t take four more years of that evil administration. We have to swallow, get behind the Pub nominee, and work hard.

Steve White on December 29, 2011 at 8:56 PM

You remember that rainy evenin’
I throwed you out, with nothin but a fine tooth comb
I know I’m to blame, now… ain’t it a shame
So baby, won’t you please com
I said now, won’t you please come
Bill Daley, won’t you please…. come on home
Heh. Bill Daley.

Key West Reader on December 29, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Hi KWR

Some food for thought on the Daley/Jarrett war. It is from early November but interesting.

http://theulstermanreport.com/2011/11/08/white-house-insider-obama’s-west-wing-civil-war/

“…So Jarrett fires off an email to the First Lady’s office, and within minutes, someone close to the First Lady is in Jarrett’s office, no doubt conspiring.  Now I want you to get this just right, ok?  They were in Jarrett’s office for approximately 12 minutes.  12 minutes.  Make sure you put that in this report.  12 minutes.  The following day another call is made by Jarrett – she personally makes the call, to Daley’s office.  Another request for a meeting.  Again Daley ignores her. Later that same day, Jarrett heads over to the residence.  This would indicate she is meeting with either one or both of the Obamas.  The president was not in the Oval Office that day, and he was not at the White House for about half the day, so it would make sense to assume Jarrett was likely meeting with the First Lady, and I believe the primary reason was the situation with Daley – Jarrett’s anger against Bill Daley.  His alleged disrespect of her.  I assume this because the next morning, the same individual from the First Lady’s office who had visited with Valerie Jarrett, came to Daley’s West Wing office personally.  She was not scheduled and was made to wait, only to later be told Mr. Daley would not be available that day.  When word of this got back to Jarrett she lit into staff – and then she made the trip downstairs.  She didn’t go to Daley’s office though, but to Mastromonaco’s office across the hall.  There was some yelling by Jarrett, some strong profanity…it was heard by staff outside, and then Jarrett left and returned upstairs.  She was visibly upset.  Her office was on edge – the lady was not happy.  Nobody has ever challenged her absolute authority in the White House – until Bill Daley.”

FLconservative on December 29, 2011 at 9:32 PM

The world is upside down. Not too long ago the thought of federal immigration officers struck fear in illegals everywhere, now they are an agency that no longer enforces the law, but in fact circumvents LEOs from doing their job. ICE is their friend now. What does the E stand for in ICE again? Empathy?

James on December 29, 2011 at 10:22 PM

What a douchebag.

Red Cloud on December 29, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Perfect.

Tim_CA on December 29, 2011 at 11:25 PM

What happened to Loggins?

oregano on December 30, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Ed,
Did you see this? Or has someone listed here in all these comments?
I didn’t have the time to read them all.

This looks pretty darn black and white, no b.s. to me:

The 2012 Money Race: Compare the Candidates

Barack Obama
$99,597,681

Romney
$32,605,827

http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/campaign-finance

auspatriotman on December 30, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Say, is this “Jim Messina” any relation to the guy who used to sing with Kenny Loggins?? Just askin’…

DeepWheat on December 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM

What is the deal with libs? They all seem to look like slightly retarded misfits.

esnap on December 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Let’s not forget all the donations from overseas, in amounts like $21.37 which meant they were given in the local currency (dinars, shekels or whatever) then converted to US dollars.

That the Obama campaign never verified where these contributions came from was outrageous then, and will be even more so this time around.

Maybe the FEC or Justice dept. will investigate? –never mind.

Al_H on December 31, 2011 at 9:46 AM