Lone Ranger Obama to do some fundraising for fellow Democrats

posted at 12:01 pm on February 8, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Begrudgingly, I wouldn’t doubt.

President Obama isn’t exactly known for being a “team player” when it comes to both national and intra-Hill politics; The One apparently doesn’t much care for niceties and schmoozing, preferring to spend his leisure time with his close group of buddies and cohorts. Many of his fellow Democrats in Congress have just not been feeling the love from their leader over the years, and are aggravated at his lack of interest in them or their unique political concerns, via Politico:

 As Obama prepares an aggressive public lobbying campaign for his ambitious second-term agenda, Democrats on Capitol Hill are bluntly warning him that he has to do more to engage them if he expects his congressional allies to take a series of politically tough votes.

Interviews with dozens of members of Congress and senior aides reveal frustration and in some cases exasperation that a president who came from the Senate has no apparent appetite for cultivating relationships on Capitol Hill. …

The focus on socializing is tangential to a much more central problem: It’s not that Obama never invites them up for Camp David weekends or over for White House movie screenings, it’s that many fellow Democrats believe he’s out for himself and detached from broader party and member interests.

And it isn’t just his personal-level neglect that has Democrats feeling annoyed. Mr. “Collective Action” didn’t much bother to involve himself in campaigning for others in his party leading up to the 2010 midterms (although, perhaps his team sensed the inevitable sea change and just didn’t want to get involved with that hot mess), and during the 2012 campaign season, Team Obama made it crystal clear that they were looking out for number one and had no intention of diverting any time, money, or resources for Democrats in tough races — straight up.

His decision to morph his campaign machinery into a personal advocacy group didn’t do much to put him back in Democrats’ good graces, either; many are concerned that the well-resourced group will siphon donations away from Democratic candidates in the lead-up to the 2014 midterms.

That I-do-what-I-want attitude isn’t going to fly as easily this time around, and it looks like the White House knows it, reports the NJ:

So the fact that Obama will raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, appearing at 10 events outside Washington, one event each in Washington and joint fundraising events for candidates, is a sign the White House and Hill Democrats could be mending fences. …

Obama himself showed signs that he’s willing to improve his relationship with Hill Democrats. Speaking to lawmakers Thursday at a retreat in Leesburg, Va., he indirectly acknowledged the poor relationship. “I’m looking forward to spending time with all 49 of you,” Obama said to freshmen lawmakers, according to pool reports. He also said he’s looking forward to a second speakership for Nancy Pelosi.

It’s also worth pointing out that, according to The New York Times, the president is attending events for the committees, not specific candidates.

Of course, this is not out of the mere goodness of his magnanimous heart; if he wants to maintain a snowball’s chance in hell of getting any of his dream legacy-building legislation passed, he’ll need to lend his popularity to help keep the Senate squarely in Democratic hands and try to narrow the House Republicans’ margin, which — depending on which way the wind blows — could be something of a feat. Democrats will want to keep their war chests nice and cushy in the event they need to end up pulling out all of the stops to hold on to their balance of power. What’s more, these possibly upcoming votes on gun control, immigration, and even ‘revenue’ increases aren’t for peanuts; they could be politically costly for certain players, and he may need to preemptively generate some goodwill to keep the caucus united on his behalf.


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Listen, and understand! That Campaigner is out there! It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until the GOP is dead.

Ditkaca on February 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Well campaigning does seem to be the only thing he’s good at…

sandee on February 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Whatever you do, Dems, don’t let him get disinterested in you, or you’ll end up like Ambassador Stevens.

Dusty on February 8, 2013 at 12:14 PM

it’s that many fellow Democrats believe he’s out for himself and detached from broader party and member interests.

You people really are stupid. You’re just now figuring this out?

BacaDog on February 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Lone Ranger Obama

More like Lone Danger Obama.

Dusty on February 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

More like Super Mouse.

Socratease on February 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

More like tonto, which means “smartest man in the room” in Austrian.

Christien on February 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Obama campaign, you say? Naw, I don’t believe it…he’s too busy golfing.

search4truth on February 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

“That is all”

Schadenfreude on February 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

@Ditcaka lol. Good one.

tommy71 on February 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM

“That is all”

Schadenfreude on February 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Thanks Schadenfreude…that message should be screamed across our land.

CoffeeLover on February 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

What is the pitch at these Democrat fundraisers?

Give me money so I can place huge amounts of debt on your posterity?

WashJeff on February 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Pixiedust ‘Man’ and President

You’re welcome, CoffeeLover

Schadenfreude on February 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

The king has got to throw a few leftovers to the peasants once in a while, especially those who support him. Thats all this is.

tommy71 on February 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Well, King Hussein has already “won” his “last” election, so he won’t need to be running anymore.

wildcat72 on February 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Democrats believe he’s out for himself and detached from broader party and member interests.

He is definitely a cult leader. That story about the Ohio election official that voted twice (and was unrepentent about it) said she did it for Obama and his “right” to be President. That is key. The corrupt bitch didn’t do it for the party or the good of the nation. She did it for her rat-eared wonder.

That’s why I don’t think this fundraising will be all that great a political firewall in upcoming votes. He may be able to fill a room with greedy stupid parasites but that doesn’t translate into party loyalty when the local Representative or Senator is being held accountable for their vote on a contentious issue. The parasites are loyal to the rat-eared one and not the Democrat party.

Happy Nomad on February 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

tommy71 and that is exactly what it is….’leftovers’

The only thing O is good at is campaigning and raising money. He doesn’t have to do it for himself anymore and for his legacy…He needs those Ds to vote for his agenda NO MATTER WHAT IT IS.

So he tosses them a bone~

CoffeeLover on February 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

…FINALLY, SOMETHING – THE ONLY THING - AT WHICH HE HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE ANY GOOD!

easyt65 on February 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

…where was he when Benghazi was under attaack & Stevens assassinated? On another Fund raiser?

WHAT THE H#LL ELSE WOULD YOU EXPECT FROM A CAREER COMMUNITY ORGANIZER & 2-YEAR SENATOR?

easyt65 on February 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I wouldn’t want to be associated with Mr. 46% Approval Rating…

hillsoftx on February 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM

With bho’s past record campaigning for someone, I’m not sure these d’s would want bho near/mention them?

bho will DO anything to get on AF1 and get out of dc! At taxpayers expense I should add!
L

letget on February 8, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Well, King Hussein has already “won” his “last” election, so he won’t need to be running anymore.

wildcat72 on February 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Don’t be so sure of that.

VegasRick on February 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

@CoffeeLover Hes also got to mollify a few dems who ain’t exactly happy with his drone attacks. In effect, hes bribing his own party to STFU.

tommy71 on February 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

@CoffeeLover Hes also got to mollify a few dems who ain’t exactly happy with his drone attacks. In effect, hes bribing his own party to STFU.

tommy71 on February 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I am sure that is a part of it but not all….he’s going to be asking them for some big votes that are in his LEGACY agenda–not theirs.

CoffeeLover on February 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Well campaigning does seem to be the only thing he’s good at…

sandee on February 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

…yet… another campaign promise broken!

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2013 at 1:06 PM

No special efforts needed – the land is in the majority full of utter fools.

Schadenfreude on February 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Poor poor Dummycrats, how long before they realize that “It’s ALL about Barry, ALL the time.”

GarandFan on February 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM