Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on July 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Here’s one definition of change: In 2008, the Obama campaign bragged about how badly they tromped John McCain in fundraising and campaign spending.  Eighteen months ago, they began boasting that Team O would raise a billion dollars for his re-election effort in 2012.  Today, however, they’re already griping that Mitt Romney and conservatives will outraise them this time around — and now the whining has reached all the way to the top.  On Friday, Barack Obama personally held a conference call with recalcitrant big-ticket donors from Air Force One as he flew back from Colorado, urging them to get off the sidelines and into the game.  Obama warned them that he would be the first President ever to be outspent in a re-election effort by his challenger:

“We are going to see more money spent on negative ads through these super PACs and anonymous outside groups than ever before. And if things continue as they have so far, I’ll be the first sitting president in modern history to be outspent in his reelection campaign.”

So far, though, the opposite is true, as Timothy Carney explains at the Washington Examiner:

First of all, Obama’s campaign has raised much more money than Romney’s, it has spent more money than Romney’s, and it has more cash on hand than Romney’s, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

But you can’t just count the campaigns. After all, when Obama hosts his $30,000-a-head fundraisers, he’s raising money for his campaign and the DNC — and the DNC is spending that money basically to re-elect Obama. On the national committees, Obama is beating Romney, too.

Of course, Obama is also counting outside groups with the reference to super-PACs.  But if that’s the case, then Obama won’t be the first to face a deficit.  Carney has a graph from 2004 that shows George W. Bush being outspent by nearly $200 million when outside groups get counted in the mix.  The difference this time is that unions don’t get the only exception to campaign-finance regulation, and so others can build the same kinds of political-action war chests that unions have used for decades.  Carney concludes:

So, either Obama’s including outside money, in which case he’s not the first to be outspent. Or he’s not including outside money, in which case he’s not being outspent.

You know what might have evened up the fight a little bit?  The public-funding limits for presidential campaigns.  Too bad for Obama that a previous presidential candidate became the first since Watergate to opt out so that he could massively outspend his rival, effectively killing the program altogether.  Who was that again?  Oh, yeah.  Hey, Mr. President, let me paraphrase one of your predecessors: if you can’t stand the Heats, stay out of the kitchen.

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blaming donors now…sheesh!

cmsinaz on July 2, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Hey, barack, you want a little cheese with that whine?

Whining is soooo attractive, especially when coming from a weaselly, little empty-suited twit like you.

BTW, you suck.

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

The stakes have been raised since Thursday – this is going to be the ugliest campaign in history.

gophergirl on July 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

He may be out-spent, but he won’t be out-lied.

NeighborhoodCatLady on July 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM

The difference this time is that unions don’t get an exception to campaign-finance regulation, and so others can build the same kinds of political-action war chests that unions have used for decades.

ding ding ding

ergo, the smearing of koch brothers and addleson by the lsm…
big money on left=no problem
big money on right=evil

cmsinaz on July 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM

blaming donors now…sheesh!

cmsinaz on July 2, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Doesn’t sound like a winning strategy. But the guy just can’t help himself. He’d rather lose than take any blame for anything.

forest on July 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Good Morning MR. President – KARMA is for breakfast.

antisocial on July 2, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Gloat when he wins. Whine when he loses. The new definition of sportsmanship.

Grunt on July 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM

So, either Obama’s including outside money, in which case he’s not the first to be outspent. Or he’s not including outside money, in which case he’s not being outspent.

“George, it’s not a tax.”

Flora Duh on July 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM

forest on July 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on July 2, 2012 at 8:17 AM

On Friday, Barack Obama personally held a conference call with recalcitrant big-ticket donors from Air Force One

Isn’t that illegal, fundraising from government property (not that it ever got Gore into trouble when he did it)?

itsnotaboutme on July 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Well the money he has left after he loses the election will then be funneled into his personal accounts. We know he lies, we know he cheats, and we know he thinks no laws pertain to him, so why should we believe he won’t funnel the extra money his own way……..

angrymike on July 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

By the way, wouldn’t it be illegal for him to make fundraising calls from the Oval Office? Isn’t it then illegal for him to make fundraising calls from Air Force One, the mobile Oval Office?

But of course The Won transcends such petty rules of law.

Naturally Curly on July 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

The difference this time is that unions don’t get an exception to campaign-finance regulation, and so others can build the same kinds of political-action war chests that unions have used for decades.

You can’t spell unicorns without unions.

Fallon on July 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

And if things continue as they have so far, I’ll be the first sitting president in modern history to be outspent in his reelection campaign.”

Let’s see, how does that classic Fats Domino song go? Oh yeah!

AIN’T THAT A SHAME?!!!!!

pilamaye on July 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I’m waiting for the inevitable study that shows needy grasping lying sacks of sh!t are deemed more likeable than greedy competent businessmen who outsource and offshore. Oh, did I say study? My bad, I meant poll.

If this election really comes down to likeability, the media crimes of omission and covering for this wanker will be nothing less than treason.

CitizenEgg on July 2, 2012 at 8:21 AM

I have this delicious vision in my head of The Won on this conference call, haranguing these donors and none of them are interested in his reelection or paying for the possibility. Needless to say they are such big wusses they won’t say it outloud.

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 8:21 AM

itsnotaboutme on July 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

good point but since he has a D next to his name, its all good

cmsinaz on July 2, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Fallon on July 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

heh
excellent

cmsinaz on July 2, 2012 at 8:22 AM

I bet he has done more for the economy in his two campaigns than all of his “investments” with our money.

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 8:23 AM

blaming donors now…sheesh!

cmsinaz on July 2, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Community organizers are really just shakedown artists. Making someone feel guilty is a strong motivator.

Fallon on July 2, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Hey, Mr. President, let me paraphrase one of your predecessors: if you can’t stand the Heats, stay out of the kitchen.

*snort*

Tim_CA on July 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

On Friday, Barack Obama personally held a conference call with recalcitrant big-ticket donors from Air Force One

5 CFR § 2635.808

Fundraising Activities – Unless permitted by law, Federal employees may
not engage in any form of fundraising activities in facilities or property
administered or leased by the Federal Government.

http://www.usda-ethics.net/science/topic-index/FUNDRAISING.pdf

itsnotaboutme on July 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

itsnotaboutme
ya, and not only does he use it, he let’s the media know he’s doing it, nothing like flaunting it right in front of the ppl who employ you……………

angrymike on July 2, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 8:21 AM

That’s what I said in the headline story. His donors probably don’t want him to win any more than we do. At least if they want to still be “rich donors” next election.

Night Owl on July 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM

It’s almost as if people aren’t that thrilled about the prospect of a second bark-a-bama term. Whodathunk?

Lost in Jersey on July 2, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Some “journalist” from the LA Times was just on CSPAN, and apparently outside money only exists on the republican side. Not one mention of dem outside money, union money, etc. The only names that came up were Adelson, Koch brothers, American Crossroads, Americans for Prosperity, etc.

Night Owl on July 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Night Owl on July 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM

He will probably have to promise to let them stay rich. Give them some green initiative taxpayer money.

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Ed, I know this feature is just link bait so have at it.

For those of us in the reality based community, Emperor Husein now leads Romney 47.5/43.9% at RCP. Kids, it’s time to wake up mom and dad and tell them what’s going on.

NickDeringer on July 2, 2012 at 8:38 AM

We have the It’s Not My Fault president. Pathetic.

rbj on July 2, 2012 at 8:42 AM

For those that doubt Obama could win and this plague on America could continue another 4 years…..

Yahoo highlights this morning, the New York Times meme that Romney is weakening in “key states”.

http://news.yahoo.com/world-news-political-insights-bain-attack-takes-toll-012727258–abc-news-politics.html

We can have all the Obama screw ups you can think of and if we aren’t Breitbart/Paul Revere and get the word out….we’ll be stuck with this group for another term.

NOBAMA 2012!!

PappyD61 on July 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Barack Obama personally held a conference call with recalcitrant big-ticket donors from Air Force One as he flew back from Colorado

Donors from Air Force One? I thought that was a big plane that is on standby to shuttle Mooch to Memphis for ribs or San Diego for tacos or something.

Happy Nomad on July 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Fallon on July 2, 2012 at 8:23 AM

indeed

cmsinaz on July 2, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Night Owl on July 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

ain’t it funny, like soros and the unions do not exist

cmsinaz on July 2, 2012 at 8:46 AM

We have the It’s Not My Fault president. Pathetic.

rbj on July 2, 2012 at 8:42 AM

More pathetic is the media which never calls the jug-eared Kenyan on it.

Happy Nomad on July 2, 2012 at 8:46 AM

A few things, if his lips are moving, he’s lying, he is the worst president ever and even hard core libs are ashamed to get to close to him, and if people still believe he is the smartest person in the room, obviously they are a few bricks shy of a load. He is a childish, self-absorbed, man wannabe.

TXMomof3 on July 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Hey, Mr. President, let me paraphrase one of your predecessors: if you can’t stand the Heats, stay out of the kitchen

…LOL!

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Obama warned them that he would be the first President ever to be outspent in a re-election effort by his challenger:

Another historic achievement.

Kissmygrits on July 2, 2012 at 9:15 AM

The first diva president and hopefully the last.

NoDonkey on July 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The Chicago thug/volunteer types with the dark suits, broad shoulders and bulges under their arms will soon be showing up at the doors of the past donors. They will be there to collect the “protection” money.

Yoop on July 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Donors from Air Force One? I thought that was a big plane that is on standby to shuttle Mooch to Memphis for ribs or San Diego for tacos or something.

Happy Nomad on July 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Bark got to borrow the keys to use it for the “boys” night out.

Yoop on July 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

What I’m seeing here is that Team 0 is pi$$ing away every dime they get and losing track of it. Kind of like the way they treat taxpayer money.

CurtZHP on July 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Too bad 0 can’t figure out a way to tap into the proceeds from the largest tax increase in the history of the world.

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

For all us bean counters January 20, 2013 is 200 days from July 4, 2012. There’s probably some connection there with a Mayan calender or a Nostradamus quatrain or something.

Oldnuke on July 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Bushs’ fault, you racists!

ConcealedKerry on July 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Is he calling the Clowns with Obamacare waivers yet?
Nice little waiver ya got there, huh? Be a shame if something happened to it!

Money laundering!

ConcealedKerry on July 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Such a whiny thin-skinned sociopath. Can hardly wait for his meltdown. The doc must be increasing his meds daily.

jqc1970 on July 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The stakes have been raised since Thursday – this is going to be the ugliest campaign in history.

gophergirl on July 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

It’s going to take a lot of doing to beat 2004. BushHitler the war criminal psychopath who likes torturing and killing brown people and kittens for the oil money etc.

CorporatePiggy on July 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

5 CFR § 2635.808

itsnotaboutme on July 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

5 CFR § 2635.808 is deemed racist and my Justice Department has determined that it will not be enforced.

Sincerely,

King Husein bin Dog

CorporatePiggy on July 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

In Baba-Wah-Wah voice:

“You know, it could possibly look like Obama flew to Colorado and then flew back because he wanted to make this a fundraising event…”

Lourdes on July 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

For the duration of this Administration, Air Force One renamed:

Obama Wants Yer Money Number 21,059,454.

Lourdes on July 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

On Friday, Barack Obama personally held a conference call with recalcitrant big-ticket donors from Air Force One

5 CFR § 2635.808

Fundraising Activities – Unless permitted by law, Federal employees may
not engage in any form of fundraising activities in facilities or property
administered or leased by the Federal Government.

http://www.usda-ethics.net/science/topic-index/FUNDRAISING.pdf

itsnotaboutme on July 2, 2012 at 8:25 AM

EXCELLENT CATCH. Another point this morning that needs to be more widely repeated.

Lourdes on July 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

So, either Obama’s including outside money, in which case he’s not the first to be outspent. Or he’s not including outside money, in which case he’s not being outspent.

But that won’t stop Obummer, Axelrod, Jay Carney, and 95% of the MSM from saying that the poor little baby is being outspend by “Richie Rich Romney” (to quote that scumbag Cher).

KS Rex on July 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM

5 CFR § 2635.808

Fundraising Activities – Unless permitted by law, Federal employees may
not engage in any form of fundraising activities in facilities or property
administered or leased by the Federal Government.

This isn’t one of those areas where a judge would let someone off the hook because the law uses may instead of shall, is it?

Nutstuyu on July 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Night Owl on July 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

This works the same way as a mandate that’s not a tax but becomes a tax only for purposes of SCOTUS and then flips into a “ta penalty” after the SCOTUS opinion.

Got it?

katablog.com on July 2, 2012 at 1:03 PM

CorporatePiggy on July 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Thanks. We all need something to laugh about and that one did it for me, especially the signature.

katablog.com on July 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Just wait, there’s gonna be a new mandate tax forcing all Americans (illegals are exempt but must vote numerous times with at least one dead person) to contribute to Owe.

katablog.com on July 2, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Obama warned them that he would be the first President ever to be outspent in a re-election effort by his challenger:

CHANGE! Yes, we can!!!!!!!

katablog.com on July 2, 2012 at 1:12 PM