Obama money advantage disappearing

posted at 10:25 am on February 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

For a year, Republicans have worried about having to face a billion-dollar Re-Elect Obama machine in the fall.  Most have just assumed that whoever wins the GOP nomination will have to contend with being outfunded and outgunned, even apart from the usual Democratic advantages of the news media and entertainment industry.  National Journal punctures this expectation by looking at the pace of fundraising for Barack Obama’s campaign and the outside groups expected to boost him into orbit:

This year, it’s the Republicans’ adept and aggressive use of super PACs to even the financial playing field, blunting the often-massive money advantages that an incumbent president has at his disposal. With the emergence of American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS and Restore Our Future, a well-stocked Romney super PAC, the Obama fundraising juggernaut no longer looks so imposing.  If Romney is the Republican nominee, he won’t be overwhelmed with a wave of negative advertising, and will have the resources to fight back.

Take a look at the end-of-year numbers.  The Obama campaign ended the year with $81.8 million cash-on hand – a very strong total.  But the outside Democratic groups, especially the party’s newly-created super PACs, haven’t given him much assistance in the way of reinforcements.  The Democratic National Committee has $12.6 million cash-on-hand to assist. But Priorities USA banked a meager $1.5 million, receiving money from just 42 individual donors in the last six months.   The party’s Congressional super PACs – Majority PAC and House Majority PAC — also didn’t bank much, $1.3 million and $1.17 million, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Romney campaign ended the year with $19.9 million in the bank, far less than the president’s cash haul.  But when you add in the outside groups, he’s about at even strength.  Romney’s super PAC, Restore Our Future, banked $23.6 million at the end of the year, thanks to funding from venture capitalists aligned with Romney.   American Crossroads, which is poised to play an outsized role in the presidential race, ended the year with $15.6 million cash-on-hand.  And the RNC ended the year with more cash-on-hand than the DNC, banking $20 million.  All told, that adds up to $79.1 million – and it doesn’t include the cash-on-hand from Crossroads GPS, which doesn’t file with the Federal Election Commission.  But based on Crossroads’ announced fundraising totals, it’s logical to assume that they have around $15 million on-hand.

That brings the combined Obama + Democratic outside group totals to $98.3 million cash-on-hand, with the GOP groups tallying $94.1 million.  Take out the Democratic groups strictly devoted to Congressional activities, and it’s a virtual financial tie.  With labor and environmental groups poised to help Obama’s re-election, Democrats still could hold a narrow edge.  But it’s hardly the cash advantage that would allow Team Obama to run negative advertising uncontested against Romney, without an aggressive response.

The fundraising pace for Obama’s campaign itself, and not the total with the DNC, has actually lagged slightly behind that of George W. Bush in 2004.  The amounts  have also fallen a bit each time in the last two quarters.  I’ve noted that at each disclosure point in 2011 and projected the eventual total to somewhere around $250 million — a substantial number and certainly good enough for a three-month general election campaign, but the billion-dollar behemoth is as likely as a the Loch Ness monster giving an interview over the summer.

That’s not the only advantage disappearing, either.  Gallup released Obama’s job-approval ratings in 2011 by state yesterday, and he only tops 50% in ten plus the District of Columbia:

In 10 states plus the District of Columbia, a majority of residents approved of the job Barack Obama was doing as president last year, according to aggregated data from 2011. His greatest support came from District of Columbia, Maryland, and Hawaii residents, while Utah and Idaho residents gave him his lowest levels of support — below 30%. …

With the average state showing a 3.2-point drop in approval between 2010 and 2011, the number of states showing majority approval of Obama did not change much between the two years, moving from 12 states and the District of Columbia in 2010 to 10 states plus D.C. in 2011. Washington state and Rhode Island were the two states that dropped below 50% approval last year.

However, Obama was on pace to show an increase in majority approval states — to 16 plus the District of Columbia – midway through 2011. But his lower approval ratings in the third and fourth quarters of the year resulted in a net decline in the number of states above 50% approval by the time the year was complete.

The news was actually worse when comparing 2011 to 2010, which wasn’t exactly a banner year for Obama and Democrats anyway.  Obama’s job approval rose between 2010 and 2011 in only three states — Wyoming (where it could barely have gone lower anyway), Connecticut, and Maine.  In key states for the 2012 election in either the Presidential or Senate races, Obama dropped significantly:

  • Nebraska: -6.9%
  • New Mexico: -6.9%
  • Nevada: -5.7%
  • Montana: -5.3%
  • Ohio: -5.3%
  • Colorado: -4.8%
  • North Carolina: -3.2%
  • Florida: -2.2%

The two trends are probably not unrelated, either.


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Obama has the stash and the cash.

they lie on February 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

The Whine does have the dead and illegal alien votes though.

rbj on February 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Mr. Romney can win.
Just wish he were someone else…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I wonder how much the general election race could change if Obama doesn’t have that billion dollars he was counting on? He could still get it, but at this point, if his numbers continue to drop, it doesn’t seem likely.
Also, Mr. Morrissey, I sent you an email through the address on the About page…is that the right one to send it to?

NextGenerationVoters on February 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Not to worry, I’m sure Soros is about to reopen the Palestinian phone banks in Gaza.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

With the average state showing a 3.2-point drop in approval between 2010 and 2011, the number of states showing majority approval of Obama did not change much between the two years, moving from 12 states and the District of Columbia in 2010 to 10 states plus D.C. in 2011. Washington state and Rhode Island were the two states that dropped below 50% approval last year.

All those people worrying about Gingrich being “unelectable” are missing the bigger picture. This election will be about Obama.

dirtseller on February 1, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Obamas money disappearing, Gingrich and Santorum media are about to disappear too according to BuzzFeed. Seems weird so early to slash coverage of candidates due to budget concerns:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnellis/big-media-is-about-to-pull-the-plug-on-gingrich-515s

nswider on February 1, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Keep dreaming. This election will be a cake walk for him.

Romney hates the poor is the narrative. That is already written and will be the theme of this election

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Spin it, Ed. Spin it.

Salahuddin on February 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM

He’s got the MSM, that’s all he needs.

davek70 on February 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Well, just wait till they start fundraising.:)

tinkerthinker on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Nothing a few calls to Goldman Sachs won’t fix.

Wait…am I allowed to point out that PBHO solicits money from big banks and investment firms, I don’t want any of the libs here to go nuttier than they already are trying to explain that away.

Bishop on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Mr. Romney can win.
Just wish he were someone else…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Here is how Romney can win:

1) Attack Obama as viciously as he has attacked his primary competition.

2) Reach out to the base.

3) Choose his words carefully, so that when the media selectively edits his statements to make him look like Ebeneezer Scrooge they have to try harder.

4) When the anti-Mormon attacks come, ignore them and don’t play the “bigot” card.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

His greatest support came from District of Columbia, Maryland, and Hawaii residents

Reading this, I’m so embarassed to live in Maryland. My only consolation is living on the conservative Eastern Shore.

Trafalgar on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Romney hates the poor is the narrative. That is already written and will be the theme of this election

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM

It will be the theme for Obama because he doesn’t dare run on his record. Obama has two straws to grasp—

1) Mittens hates poor people

2) RAAAAACISTS!!!!

dirtseller on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

while Utah and Idaho residents gave him his lowest levels of support — below 30%. …

Proof that Mormons hate black people.
– liberal4life

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Will Romney be able to get t a 6:1 advantage to overwhelm him with negative ads?

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Obama on not raising 1 billion dollars: My donors are lazy.

NotCoach on February 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I wouldn’t make too much of Obama’s warchest and monetary support at this point. The Pubs. are in full campaign mode and the money is flowing. The dem.donors have no reason to be donating right now. When the Pub. nominee is finalized and the campaign really gets underway, you will see the dems. start opening their pocketbooks, especially the large donors. The pub donations may, in fact, fall off because many will not be happy with Romney if he is the nominee. The unions will not get into full swing until late summer and they will pour millions into the Obama campaign. So, this report is way too early to be an accurate predictor of the future.

they lie on February 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Obama does not need the money today. He needs it closer to the election. he will get all the money he says he will get. How do we know that?? Because his billionaire friends will be trickling it in one untraceable gift card at a time, one foreign donation at a time, one fake name at a time. But he does not need the money today where the reports of it will not help him as much as it will closer to the election. Those numbers will pan out. Those Corzine hundreds of millions of dollars need to be cleaned first. There is no rush, we have Romney destroying the (R) party already, no need to get involved.

astonerii on February 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

It will be the theme for Obama because he doesn’t dare run on his record.

dirtseller on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Two candidates who are incapable of running on their records. How wonderful.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Bishop on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

“Bush did it tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Don’t worry about the one trick ponies.

NotCoach on February 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Romney hates the poor is the narrative. That is already written and will be the theme of this election

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Obama hates the blacks – gives ‘em double the unemployment rate and tells ‘em to stop complainin’…dropped g’s and all.

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Worst President ever! He’s all but done.

Quoting Byrne, Again.

I can’t believe it
And people are strange
Our president’s crazy
Did you hear what he said
Business and pleasure
Lie right to your face
Divide it in sections
And then give it away

Bmore on February 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I wonder how much the general election race could change if Obama doesn’t have that billion dollars he was counting on? He could still get it, but at this point, if his numbers continue to drop, it doesn’t seem likely.
NextGenerationVoters on February 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Besides, there’s just not enough money in the world to pay for the massive paintjob that would be needed cover up his record.

whatcat on February 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Republicans have no chance according to Mica, Joe and Donny.

Bensonofben on February 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Guise … the economy’s starting to improve…

The Nerve on February 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

…National Journal punctures this expectation by looking at the pace of fundraising for Barack Obama’s campaign and the outside groups expected to boost him into orbit:

National Journal takes Obama’s donors in China, Brazil, and Gaza Strip into account? They’ll be fundraising, have no doubt.

Archivarix on February 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Can Obumbler do another exec order to give he and his union buds and lefties an advantage ? Come on now. He can fly AF1 on the tax payer dime and whine about the Supreme Court decision some more. And MSNBC can talk about all of the money in politics.

democratsarefools on February 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama,

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Well, he’s got nothing else to run on. And the RNC had better know that Romney doesn’t care about them or anyone else that might get in his path. But they probably don’t. Bunch of buffoons.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I know. I have shared the same link with various Mittbots. I’m not saying he will do it. I’m saying if he wants to win, he will. I full expect Mitt to go down in flames against the Chicago Thugocracy. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t fantasize about being pleasantly surprised.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

“Bush did it tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Don’t worry about the one trick ponies.

NotCoach on February 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Wrong, wing ding.

Bush took evil, murderous, uncaring banker money, PBHO only takes good, caring, sympathetic banker money.

Bishop on February 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

MSNBC can talk about all of the money in politics.
democratsarefools on February 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

As if all five of it’s viewers weren’t going to vote for Obama anyway.

whatcat on February 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

It is not all about Romney yet.

Amjean on February 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Republicans have no chance according to Mica, Joe and Donny.

Bensonofben on February 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Even a bind squirrel finds an nut every now and then. They’re right. Obama will win and wing huge. And in 2016 the same imbeciles who guaranteed Romney’s electability will be back pushing Jeb Bush or Little Mitch Daniels with the same “he’s moderate and electable” crap.

We better get used to the idea of a permanent Democrat presidency unless some serious changes are made by the RNC.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

“We’re hesitant NOT HESITANT to jump on board with heavy attacks” personally against President Obama conservaties.

FIFY

they lie on February 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

“We have this messy democracy….”

BHO at fundraiser yesterday.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

If Obama were smart he’d spin this as Mitt having Wall Street backing and he’s just surviving on small donations.

libfreeordie on February 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I full expect Mitt to go down in flames against the Chicago Thugocracy. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t fantasize about being pleasantly surprised.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I think he’ll go negative. He doesn’t care about the party or anything else that gets in his way. His problem will be that he won’t have enough money or the 6:1 money advantage that he had in Florida when he’s up against Obama. So it won’t work. Plus, there isn’t much that he can attack Obama on that isn’t also a liability for him. And the media will give their free donations to Obama by spending hours upon hours on the air defending Obama from every Romney attack.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama,

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

They tried that in 2008 and how did that work out again?
They did not attack Obama on anything, personal or his record.

This, after all the personal attacks against Gingrich, Palin,
Cain, etc. What a bunch of phonies.

Amjean on February 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Oh well, I guess Zero will need to have sleazy Eric Holder and his freakish hacks Sotomayor and Kagan declare elections unConstitutional. Plan B “wise” Latina ! Plan B !

viking01 on February 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Not to worry, I’m sure Soros is about to reopen the Palestinian phone banks in Gaza.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Yep, and that’s only the money that they try to launder. Their favorite Nazi stooge will give them all the walking-around money in a paper bag that they need.

slickwillie2001 on February 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

If Obama were smart he’d spin this as Mitt having Wall Street backing and he’s just surviving on small donations.

libfreeordie on February 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

If he were smart, he wouldn’t need affirmative action to get into Harvard.

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

The money from Solyndra and MF Global haven’t been funneled into his campaign coffers yet.

daddysgirl on February 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama,
angryed on February 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Well, he’s got nothing else to run on. And the RNC had better know that Romney doesn’t care about them or anyone else that might get in his path. But they probably don’t. Bunch of buffoons.
besser tot als rot on February 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Meh. Screaming “Kenyan Marxist!” ad nauseum would wear thin pretty quick anyway. It’s not as if there’s a dearth of material in both what Obama has and hasn’t done. His failed Jimmy Carterish record will be his undoing.

whatcat on February 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Wrong, wing ding.

Bush took evil, murderous, uncaring banker money, PBHO only takes good, caring, sympathetic banker money.

Bishop on February 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

No, no, no, no!

Non sequiturs are pointless with any attempt at logic. It is only necessary to create a moral equivalency in order to paper over the hypocrisy. Thus if Bush did it too Obama can be forgiven since he is only following the rules laid down by previous ebil administrations.

NotCoach on February 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Plus, there isn’t much that he can attack Obama on that isn’t also a liability for him. And the media will give their free donations to Obama by spending hours upon hours on the air defending Obama from every Romney attack.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I disagree that there isn’t much he can’t hit Obama on where he doesn’t also take some shrapnel. I’ll give you that Mitt is a rino’s rino, but he can hit Solyndra, F & F, lightsquared, Keystone XL, Obama’s long list of broken campaign promises (especially those related to transparency), etc.

However, on your point that the media will cover Barry’s ass for him, I completely agree. As usual this election will be decided by the willfully ignorant moderates who would rather slip into a failed welfare state than be called unhip racists.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Here is how Romney can win:

1) Attack Obama as viciously as he has attacked his primary competition.

2) Reach out to the base.

3) Choose his words carefully, so that when the media selectively edits his statements to make him look like Ebeneezer Scrooge they have to try harder.

4) When the anti-Mormon attacks come, ignore them and don’t play the “bigot” card.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Too bad he’s Obama’s running mate this year. Otherwise, sure… he could win.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Here is how Romney can win:

1) Attack Obama as viciously as he has attacked his primary competition.

2) Reach out to the base.

3) Choose his words carefully, so that when the media selectively edits his statements to make him look like Ebeneezer Scrooge they have to try harder.

4) When the anti-Mormon attacks come, ignore them and don’t play the “bigot” card.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

1) This can be done.
2) He doesn’t know how. Time and again, he fails relating to the uniquely American “common man”. Can such a skill be taught? And in the end, does it really matter in this ABO climate?
3) Meh. Haters gonna hate. He just needs to return fire early and often.
4) I don’t know how a person of deep faith (even as I am an atheist) could stand silent and not defend his beliefs. Would a Jewish person stand by and let their religion be mocked?

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I’ll give you that Mitt is a rino’s rino, but he can hit Solyndra, F & F, lightsquared, Keystone XL, Obama’s long list of broken campaign promises (especially those related to transparency), etc.

However, on your point that the media will cover Barry’s ass for him, I completely agree. As usual this election will be decided by the willfully ignorant moderates who would rather slip into a failed welfare state than be called unhip racists.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Willard is Obama’s running mate.

Can’t you see this? He’s playing right into the narrative. Right on cue.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

If he [Obama] were smart, he wouldn’t need affirmative action to get into Harvard.

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

We would also know his grades, his writings and see other mementos of college real students have.

viking01 on February 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Hey Trefalgar ,
Hear your gov is going to put sales tx on gas !
Looking at Eastern Shore ( have family there ) but can’t get past
a doofis gov .

Lucano on February 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Not to worry, I’m sure The Won’s campaign will be turning off the check on the credit card donation forms that make sure you’re in the USofA. Assuming they ever enabled them in the first place.

Plenty of money to be had. Why should only USAins have all the fun of being able to donate to the Lightbringer??

I R A Darth Aggie on February 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Unfortunately, I think we’ll see Trump jumping into the race.

And when that happens? I’m turning Amish.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

We’ll just need to print more then.

NoDonkey on February 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

viking01 on February 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

nor would he need Bill Ayers to write his books.

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

If he [Obama] were smart, he wouldn’t need affirmative action to get into Harvard.

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM
We would also know his grades, his writings and see other mementos of college real students have.

viking01 on February 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Hmmmm. If Obama and Mooch did take advantage of taxpayers by being admitted by and through Affirmative Action programs, wouldn’t we be entitled to see their documentation and applications?

No?

Oh, okay then.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

4) When the anti-Mormon attacks come, ignore them and don’t play the “bigot” card.
Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

A Reagan-type “I won’t exploit my opponent’s youth” type zinger; “My faith leads me to love America, not damn it.”

whatcat on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Meh. Screaming “Kenyan Marxist!” ad nauseum would wear thin pretty quick anyway. It’s not as if there’s a dearth of material in both what Obama has and hasn’t done. His failed Jimmy Carterish record will be his undoing.

whatcat on February 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Typical Mittens brigade response.

Nobody is saying Willard should call him a Kenyan Marxist. Call him out on his multiple lies, his associations with ACORN, the crony capitalism, the fact that union bosses visit the WH every week. Stuff like that.

Instead it will be McCain redux, white glove treatment, telling us how nice a man Obama is, but he’s just a little wrong on his policies.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

1) This can be done.
2) He doesn’t know how. Time and again, he fails relating to the uniquely American “common man”. Can such a skill be taught? And in the end, does it really matter in this ABO climate?
3) Meh. Haters gonna hate. He just needs to return fire early and often.
4) I don’t know how a person of deep faith (even as I am an atheist) could stand silent and not defend his beliefs. Would a Jewish person stand by and let their religion be mocked?

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

2) I agree he is wooden. But have you noticed all the Mittbots whining about how Rush et al gave him love in 08 but not this year? He reached out to the base in 08. He did conservative outreach. That was the difference.

3) He doesn’t have to hand them soundbites on a silver platter.

4) I am a Mormon, so I know of what I speak. No one likes a Martyr. He’ll be much better off ignoring the attacks. If your explaining, your losing and reasonable people won’t be swayed by them anyway.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Expenditure line item: Media Support
Cost: $0.00

hillsoftx on February 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

He’s got the MSM, that’s all he needs.

davek70 on February 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM

This. The MSM will not let Obama lose.

Aplombed on February 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

it will be McCain redux, white glove treatment, telling us how nice a man Obama is, but he’s just a little wrong on his policies.
angryed on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

“Typical Obama-voter response”.
Have some cheese to round out your meal.

whatcat on February 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

The news was actually worse when comparing 2011 to 2010, which wasn’t exactly a banner year for Obama and Democrats anyway. Obama’s job approval rose between 2010 and 2011 in only three states — Wyoming (where it could barely have gone lower anyway), Connecticut, and Maine. In key states for the 2012 election in either the Presidential or Senate races, Obama dropped significantly:
•Nebraska: -6.9%
•New Mexico: -6.9%
•Nevada: -5.7%
•Montana: -5.3%
•Ohio: -5.3%
•Colorado: -4.8%
•North Carolina: -3.2%
•Florida: -2.2%

Yeah but,…has anyone looked the polling samples of animated characters and dead people? According to my sources they’re running around 100% pro-Obama.

That demographic alone should be enough to put back in The Oval.

Jussayin!

Archimedes on February 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Sounds good kataklysmic

cmsinaz on February 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Tru dat aplombed

cmsinaz on February 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Willard is Obama’s running mate.

Can’t you see this? He’s playing right into the narrative. Right on cue.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

What are you saying? That he is a Manchurian candidate of some sort? Few have been harder on Mitt than I have over the past few years, but the writing is on the wall imo. After his victory in FL and the ensuing momentum, the other three candidates don’t have the money or disclipline to wrest the nomination from him.

We can either concede defeat to Obama now, or we can amuse ourselves by indulging in the fantasy that Mitt can win and may not be a total disaster as potus. I choose the latter.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Did they poll the cemeteries?

cartooner on February 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Hmmmm. If Obama and Mooch did take advantage of taxpayers by being admitted by and through Affirmative Action programs, wouldn’t we be entitled to see their documentation and applications?

No?

Oh, okay then.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

silly Key West! Rights are for government dependents, not taxpayers.

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Lucano on February 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Gov. O’Malley in MD also wants to reduce tax deductions by 20%. Mortgage deduction, property tax deduction, etc. He says it’s all about “fairness”…bleccch!

Trafalgar on February 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Unfortunately, I think we’ll see Trump jumping into the race.

And when that happens? I’m turning Amish.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

HAAAhahahaha! Careful now, you’re getting teh funny.
:D

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Hmmmm. If Obama and Mooch did take advantage of taxpayers by being admitted by and through Affirmative Action programs, wouldn’t we be entitled to see their documentation and applications?

No?

Oh, okay then.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Bam-Bam gets a free pass on that, too. Like everything else. That chin in the air of his exemplifies his long established sense of entitlement.

viking01 on February 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

We can either concede defeat to Obama now, or we can amuse ourselves by indulging in the fantasy that Mitt can win and may not be a total disaster as potus. I choose the latter.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I think we’re deluding ourselves to think that Romney is conservative. He’s Obama-lite. I think the Country needs more substance…. Mitt ain’t It.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Mitt ain’t it. That sums it up nicely.

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Republicans have no chance according to Mica, Joe and Donny.

Bensonofben on February 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Didn’t they also tell us that Chicago would get the Olympics (especially after the Obama deities showed up to make their case for the Windy City)?

AZCoyote on February 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I think we’re deluding ourselves to think that Romney is conservative. He’s Obama-lite. I think the Country needs more substance…. Mitt ain’t It.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

What do you suggest? 3rd party? Late entrant? Continue to back one of the other candidates and hope for a miracle?

Mitt has no conservative accomplihsments in the private sector and is a political windsock but he doesn’t hate America and isn’t a Marxist. To me, that is enough to pull the lever for him over Obama.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

4) I am a Mormon, so I know of what I speak. No one likes a Martyr. He’ll be much better off ignoring the attacks. If your explaining, your losing and reasonable people won’t be swayed by them anyway.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Well gosh bless you! I humbly consider myself schooled on your turf.
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 1, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Check out the biatch on FoxNewz.

He looks ill. He looks a lil beat up.

/Mooch to ValJar

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Didn’t they also tell us that Chicago would get the Olympics (especially after the Obama deities showed up to make their case for the Windy City)?

AZCoyote on February 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

If Mica had another brain it would be lonely.

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

What do you suggest? 3rd party? Late entrant? Continue to back one of the other candidates and hope for a miracle?

Mitt has no conservative accomplihsments in the private sector and is a political windsock but he doesn’t hate America and isn’t a Marxist. To me, that is enough to pull the lever for him over Obama.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Mitt has no conservative accomplishments. In the private sector. And is a political windsock. But he doesn’t hate America. And isn’t a Marxist.

And we’re supposed to vote for THAT?

/ThInK

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

If Mitt is the nominee hundreds of little anti Romney groups will ooze out of the woodwork and for any GOP nominee, the race card will be thrown over, and over, and over, and…

Speakup on February 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I’ve noted that at each disclosure point in 2011 and projected the eventual total to somewhere around $250 million — a substantial number and certainly good enough for a three-month general election campaign, but the billion-dollar behemoth is as likely as a the Loch Ness monster giving an interview over the summer.

Someone should tell the establishment Repub squishes and the MSM – I’m so tired of hearing that fairytale over and over and over.

Tim_CA on February 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Keep dreaming. This election will be a cake walk for him.

Romney hates the poor is the narrative. That is already written and will be the theme of this election

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Time for a diaper change…and, your bib must really be soaked…you’ve been drooling profusely!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Romney hates the poor is the narrative. That is already written and will be the theme of this election

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM

And Bambi loves the poor.

We know that because he’s created so many of them.

PackerBronco on February 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Obama hates the blacks – gives ‘em double the unemployment rate and tells ‘em to stop complainin’…dropped g’s and all.

DHChron on February 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

..ain’t it the troof? the dropped g’s drive me up a wall, Them and the sibilant teeth. You’d think he’d take time off the golf course and get those goddam teeth fixed.

By the way, how’s the old girlfriend? I was in the tank last night and was looking to discuss that with you. Head hurts this morning, however.

;-)

The War Planner on February 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Obama’s media advantage is always increasing.

If Obama needs more money watch for a new TARP program to spread money to green companies who can then donate to the Obama campaign.

Heck and all that money lost by GM after getting all that taxpayer money…how much you think went into the Democrat coffers?

albill on February 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

But he doesn’t hate America. And isn’t a Marxist.
And we’re supposed to vote for THAT?
Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

If you’re happy with Obama, you are certainly welcome to go with the status quo. But then shouldn’t you really be at Kos or DU instead of here?

whatcat on February 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

And we’re supposed to vote for THAT?

/ThInK

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Is there a more attractive alternative that I am overlooking? I would love to have one.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Here comes the free house.

I have relatives that were asked to move back into the homes they abandoned. Purchased for $175k now worth $64k.

/Moovin on up

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Is there a more attractive alternative that I am overlooking? I would love to have one.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Yes.

BHO.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

If you’re happy with Obama, you are certainly welcome to go with the status quo. But then shouldn’t you really be at Kos or DU instead of here?

whatcat on February 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Errr.

Fail.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

And Bambi loves the poor.

We know that because he’s created so many of them.

PackerBronco on February 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Thread Winner!

JonBGood on February 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

And Bambi loves the poor.

We know that because he’s created so many of them.

PackerBronco on February 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Cloward. Piven.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Yes.

BHO.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Really? I hope you change your mind. I realize we are being forced at gunpoint to choose between Charlie Sheen and Charlie Manson to babysit out kids. However, given that choice I’m still going to enthusiastically choose Sheen.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Keep dreaming. This election will be a cake walk for him.

Romney hates the poor is the narrative. That is already written and will be the theme of this election

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Listen. To. The. Left.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

This isn’t counting all the money from stolen from Solyndra, MF Global, and all the the other cronies that is stashed away for this election.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

If you’re happy with Obama, you are certainly welcome to go with the status quo. But then shouldn’t you really be at Kos or DU instead of here?
whatcat on February 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Errr.
Fail.
Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

“Errr.”
No – spot on and by your own confession:

Is there a more attractive alternative that I am overlooking? I would love to have one.
Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Yes.
BHO.
Key West Reader

whatcat on February 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Really? I hope you change your mind. I realize we are being forced at gunpoint to choose between Charlie Sheen and Charlie Manson to babysit out kids. However, given that choice I’m still going to enthusiastically choose Sheen.

Kataklysmic on February 1, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Fair analogy.

But, please don’t plead a case for a white bread cucumber with Obamalise sammich. We swallowed a turdburger in 2008 with McCain; I’d rather just sit this one out.

Obama + Romney = DNC

Key West Reader on February 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

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