Dems wonder: Is Obama just in it for himself?

posted at 9:21 am on April 2, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Alternate title: Self-realization can take years in coming.  One might have thought Democrats understood this after the 2010 midterms, when Barack Obama could barely be bothered to lend his organizational might to protect the House majority he wound up losing in spectacular fashion.  Instead, Democrats now shut out of Obama’s Organizing for America once again feel like Charlie Brown after Lucy yanks away the football, according to McClatchy:

President Barack Obama’s decision to launch his own political organization has some Democrats wondering: Is he just in it for himself?

Obama’s new group, Organizing for Action, will focus on his policy agenda – not on electing Democratic candidates – by raising unlimited amounts of cash and accessing the president’s secret list of 20 million supporters, volunteers and donors.

The operation won’t share money, resources or the priceless Obama email list with the Democratic National Committee or campaign committees that help elect members of Congress, governors and legislators. And it has no plans to coordinate efforts, leading some Democrats to worry that it will take money and manpower away from the party as it heads into the 2014 elections for control of Congress.

It won’t even share the e-mail list? How difficult would that be? If it’s a matter of keeping the supposedly “independent” group separate from the national party, a sale of the list could be arranged.

Democrats worry now that OFA could sap their ability to fundraise for the upcoming midterms:

“There’s only so much money to go around in Democratic circles. There’s a limited pool of resources,” said Gilda Cobb Hunter, a South Carolina legislator and a member of the Democratic National Committee. “Why can’t we strengthen one entity?”

Well, Obama is strengthening one entity — himself.  The effort to fund what will be a permanent campaign during his second term is already unprecedented, as is its focus on one man:

Other presidents have created or championed organizations outside the major national parties. Bill Clinton, for example, embraced the Democratic Leadership Council, an organization that pushed a moderate agenda.

But that functioned more as a think tank. And Obama is the first to form a group that will raise millions of dollars as it seeks to perpetuate a year-round campaign for him.

Remember, too, that Obama can’t run for office again, at least not for President.  One might think under those circumstances that Obama would want to strengthen the DNC in order to fight for larger Democratic caucuses in the next session of Congress, which is really what Obama needs to push his agenda.  Instead, Obama apparently wants to do public-relations end-arounds to bypass not only House Republicans but perhaps also Senate Democrats.  That may be especially true on gun control, as Obama attempts to shame his own caucus into putting an assault-weapons ban on the floor that might cost them every red-state Senate seat Democrats will have to defend in 2014.

Democrats have to face reality.  Their party leader is just not that into them — certainly not as much as he’s into himself.


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When the phone doesn’t ring, the demosaps will know it’s B.O.

JackM on April 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Narcissistic, lazy, incompetent…an amateur.

Ah, but makes the perfect front man for getting the things done his mentors and advisors want. All they have to do is continually stroke Barry’s Ego, while he soaks up all the perks and pleasures, and power of his position.

hawkeye54 on April 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM

He built a cult of personality around himself and they wonder if it’s all about him?

He didn’t build that. Those who surrounded him did, by taking advantage of Barry’s colossal ego and narcissism to serve their own ends.

hawkeye54 on April 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Obama could run as VP and dare the country to interpret the amendment requiring the VP to be qualified to be President to mean …well, to mean what it actually says. I’m sure he’d like to amend the Constitution to allow a third term, but getting 38 states is a problem. Maybe after skipping a term, it would take a few years. You know he’s exploring the possibilities, but I think more likely some other post is in his future. Sec Gen of the UN perhaps, where he could still demagogue for more US taxpayer money to enable anti-American projects.

Fenris on April 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Too bad they won’t do anything about it.

lonestar1 on April 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

…Are Democrats really that afraid of independent-minded women?

AZCoyote on April 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Yes, but it’s not just women. Democrats thrive on the groupthink of most of their constituencies. Independent thinkers are dangerous to them.

Fenris on April 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Ah, but makes the perfect front man for getting the things done his mentors and advisors want. All they have to do is continually stroke Barry’s Ego, while he soaks up all the perks and pleasures, and power of his position.

hawkeye54 on April 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Exactly! That’s how Valerie Jarrett runs this country.

ButterflyDragon on April 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Some former prezzies stole White House furnishings and place settings. Da One will steal Air Force One…
“It’s mine now,” he’ll say. “I bought it with frequent flyer miles.”

Marcola on April 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Well, if they weren’t damn fools they wouldn’t be democrats.

Naturally Curly on April 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

True.

avagreen on April 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Dems wonder: Is Obama just in it for himself?

…thus identifying Dems as the most clueless among us…

(nobody else is wondering)

landlines on April 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

He built a cult of personality around himself and they wonder if it’s all about him?

He didn’t build that. Those who surrounded him did, by taking advantage of Barry’s colossal ego and narcissism to serve their own ends.

hawkeye54 on April 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I keep thinking that some day, it^^^ will be laying in front of him on the floor, and he’ll stumble on it, fall down and break his head wide open (creating an instant sucking vacuum in the room).

avagreen on April 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Democrats are not only the evil party, they are now the clueless party. Problem being, the opposition is the stupid party.

rbj on April 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

And Obama is the first to form a group that will raise millions of dollars as it seeks to perpetuate a year-round campaign for him.

What is the purpose of campaigning if Obama has already won a second term and is now a lame duck? Does he want a bigger Presidential library in Chicago?

Watch out, all you suckahs who voted for him–he might take back your Obamaphones!

Steve Z on April 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Obama is a triumph of the audacious exploitation of hope. He is the quintessence of artful audacity. Four years in and the GOP stll doesn’t understand. And still doesn’t have an equivalent quotient of audacity. Obama knows this, and knows they never will. He’s like a the seven year old in a sandbox or four year olds. He knows he will NEVER be challenged or confronted.

rrpjr on April 2, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Well, if they weren’t damn fools they wouldn’t be democrats.

Naturally Curly on April 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

True.

avagreen on April 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

There are two castes of dems:

The highest caste: Sly, cunning and devious ones who run things the Brahmins

The fools who vote for them and hold lower offices in politics and government – The low-info union working and gov’t dependent ones .

And the non-dem caste:

Mix of conservatives and Christians . To the dems these are the Untouchables.

hawkeye54 on April 2, 2013 at 12:16 PM

He knows he will NEVER be challenged or confronted.
rrpjr on April 2, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Yep. And neither will his wife.

happytobehere on April 2, 2013 at 12:26 PM

The Senate was fun. He may well run to re-enter the Senate again. Or, he’ll just end up being the front man for this organization. He’ll have unlimited funding to run around the world (don’t forget he keeps the Secret Service for another 10 years), push for and fund his causes, and receive adulation and accolades wherever he goes. It takes a LOT of money to feed that ego.

RonF on April 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Remember, too, that Obama can’t run for office again, at least not for President.

One does wonder what Obama’s long-term plans really are.

Why is he setting up a permanent political organization, beholden only to him?

Realist on April 2, 2013 at 9:40 AM

I read this and thought, well, there is one office he can run for, but then noticed someone else beat me to it:

Obama could run as VP and dare the country to interpret the amendment requiring the VP to be qualified to be President to mean …well, to mean what it actually says. I’m sure he’d like to amend the Constitution to allow a third term, but getting 38 states is a problem. Maybe after skipping a term, it would take a few years. You know he’s exploring the possibilities, but I think more likely some other post is in his future. Sec Gen of the UN perhaps, where he could still demagogue for more US taxpayer money to enable anti-American projects.

Fenris on April 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

I doubt MO will run, but he will run as the VP, with Biden as the Prez…

seymour01 on April 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

No, he’s also in it for his inverse hot air balloon, er beard, er Michelle. Otherwise she’d expose his azz.

Here is Obama, in all his everlasting glory.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

I am coming here very late. I just have to say that when I saw the headline to this thread I was surprised the old ‘facepalm’ pic was not used. Just sayin’.

DaveDief on April 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Dems wonder: Is Obama just in it for himself?

No, you morons.

Dear Leader loves you and is totally selfless. He spends every waking moment thinking about what is best for his supporters and for the United Socialist States of America.

farsighted on April 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Ya Think?
Obama is in it for himself and for all the other Socialists he surrounds himself with.
In that, I include the Democrats in the Senate and in the House

Delsa on April 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM

He’ll have unlimited funding to run around the world (don’t forget he keeps the Secret Service for another 10 years), push for and fund his causes, and receive adulation and accolades wherever he goes. It takes a LOT of money to feed that ego.

RonF on April 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

IIRC, he issued one of his zillion EOs reinstating Secret Service protection to him and MO for life, recently. This guy ain’t going away EVER.

totherightofthem on April 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM

And that EO could be overturned with the next admin

Zomcon JEM on April 2, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I suppose that Obama is in it for himself. I kind of doubt that, after leaving the Presidency, he would be content to become a statesman (like, I presume, most former Presidents) and be relegated to an influential but very limited status.

He has a community organizer mindset and probably wants to form the community organization to end all community organizations. He has succeeded, more or less, in the face of conventional wisdom and expectations, so he likely sees himself, post-Presidency, as leading the continued movement towards his conception of an ideal US while being kept in a degree of comfort that he feels he deserves. *

He does not want there to be a break in that progress (as he sees it) which would occur if he had to build an organization after leaving office. Hence start now and get three or four years of organizing into place while he has the chance.

The question is whether HIS objectives really do mesh and align with the Democrats (all who really consider themselves as Democrats). There is certainly some compatible goals, but maybe they might not like the ultimate ends that he may desire and would take things to.

* I think that how he behaves as far as he and his family leisure choices is how he thinks the rich actually behave. He is powerful and likely fairly wealthy (with the full faith and credit of the US at his beck and call) so why not? Surely he would, if he was candid, say that Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Trump, the Koch brothers, etc., all must live their lives as he does in their own ways.

Russ808 on April 2, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Does Obama speak Japanese?

Do they still have an Emperor?

Just looking for something for Air-Ball Barry after his appearance in that wacky comedy, “ME as President” closes.

IndieDogg on April 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Democrats have to face reality. Their party leader is just not that into them — certainly not as much as he’s into himself.

The funny thing is, there was never any reason or indication to think otherwise. Only the most hardcore “progressives” are surprised at all.

Sockpuppet Politic on April 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Another DUH moment.

BetseyRoss on April 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

My God, they’re slow.

GeeWhiz on April 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

But they’re so far into their bubble that Obama can keep using everyone and no one says anything.

MrX on April 3, 2013 at 9:50 PM

He said it the first day in teh first term as he shooed off dems at his desk. He said “wait…I WON!”. I aint signing that. I WON. i.e. This is my show.

johnnyU on April 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Like FDR whom Obama compares himself on even footing with

Obama will cause or manufacture a crisis requiring he stay in office

That is if we get that far
This is all a powder keg waiting to explode

audiotom on April 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM

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