The Endless Campaign

Obama is fund-raising all-effen-day today:

9:40 am || Departs White House
11:55 am PT || Arrives in Seattle
12:50 pm PT || Speaks at a fundraiser; private residence
3:15 pm PT || Speaks at a fundraiser; Paramount Theater
4:15 pm PT || Departs Seattle
6:25 pm PT || Arrives Los Angeles
7:20 pm PT || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; private residence

Mark Knoller reports that Obama is on a 2-day, three state (mostly) fund-raising trip to Seatlle, LA, and Reno.

$14 MILLION dollar event.

While the people in his Chicago headquarters are crowing about Obama’s inevitable reelection, the SCOAMF has been endlessly fund raising. Private fundraisers, and public pleas to join this or that drawing (for as little as a $3 donation) to meet George Clooney, or have Obama shout-out a mother’s days greeting on Twitter.

Jim Geraghty on Obama’s campaign:

The folks in Romney-world would never, in a million years, want to be quoted in a manner that suggests they’re underestimating the competition. They know Obama will have an enormous fundraising advantage, a bully pulpit and megaphone that are simply unparalleled in American life; taxpayers will pick up the tab for untold sums in “official” trips that look and sound like campaign swings, and of course, the media will be much, much tougher on Romney than Obama.

But… periodically, when talking to Romney folks, they point out their rivals’ alleged billion-dollar fundraising goal, the 700 full-time staffers, the super-duper high-tech gadgets they have in their Chicago headquarters, and… you get the sense that they’re still waiting for the Obama campaign’s much-hyped A-game. This is it? This is what all of those resources and advantages have produced for Obama? “Forward”? The life of Julia? Bill Clinton talking about how terrible a botched SEAL mission would have been for Obama?

Obama has all sorts of advantages (except his dismal record) yet he’s running pretty much head to head against Romney. Overcoming the deficit, the economy, the job losses, he necessarily has to distract with 1) women’s rights 2) student loans and 3) now gay marriage.

It’s all he’s got. Shiny pennies to keep the electorate unfocused on what is truly important.

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3 Comments on “The Endless Campaign”

  1. Steve B Says:

    Ya know, if I were a government employee, and all I did was go to fundraisers all day and beg for money for an election, which by the way, I’m prohibited by law from doing as a government employee, I would most certainly get my arse fired.

    Hey, Obama. We ain’t paying you to fundraise. GET BACK TO WORK. Oh, wait. Maybe not. Having Obama out of the office for hours a day might just be a good thing.

  2. Svenster Says:

    Is it possible Obama has decided he’s going to lose in November and is just trying to steal as much money as he can in the meantime?

  3. Car in Says:

    I think he’s living in a bubble. The thought that he may lose … well, I’m sure he doesn’t know a single person who isn’t supporting him.

    It’s not as if he meets with and republicans in DC, Etc. Day in, day out, he’s surrounded by folks who think as he does.

    Which is why he has such an easy time demonizing the opposition. THey really are nothing more than cartoon pictures in his head.

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