Yesterday the Rocky Mountain News asked Senator Obama to “take Denver off the hook” and cover the 11 million shortfall in fund-raising for Denver’s share of expenses for the Democratic Convention.
Make the calls to your donors, Sen. Obama. Send the e-mails. Denver should no longer be on the hook for Democratic National Convention expenses. A few exhortations to your supporters could quickly retire the city’s remaining obligations.
After all, Denver is simply providing the venue for Barack Obama’s nomination. It’s his party. It’s only appropriate to ask his contributors to ensure that the celebration is a rousing success.
The presumptive nominee has raised a jaw-dropping $265 million for his fall campaign, smashing previous records. And reliable estimates say he might drum up that much more for the November race.
The Obama team could shake the sofa cushions at his headquarters, relatively speaking, and go a long way toward meeting the city’s goal. Think about it: Denver’s $11 million shortfall might be 2 percent of the money the senator will raise during the campaign.
Moreover, Obama’s decision Thursday to reject public financing will let him tap a wider range of donors, large and small. With public financing, Obama could spend a mere $84 million for the general election. Now, thousands of new donors can participate.
Oops! All those “creative class” donors to the unity pony cause might not be in quite the right mood for another solicitation at the moment, after their hero’s failure to respond to their pleas that he stand up to Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer and defend the Constitution. For example, take idealistic Obama supporter “thereisnospoon” at the Orange Cheeto (I won’t link, but you can search by user name there):
On June 19 at 5:42PM thereisnospoon wrote:
I just called Senator Obama’s office. A very courteous staffer answered the phone immediately.
I mentioned that I was a precinct captain for the Obama campaign in California, that I was a caucus captain in Nevada who broke the story about the caucus shenanigans by the Clinton campaign.
I explained that I was extremely concerned about the FISA compromise currently being rammed through the House, and that it was very, very important to me that Senator Obama use his leverage to make a public stand against this capitulation.
Obama’s office told this poor deluded soul:
“We hear you loud and clear. The staff are literally reviewing the FISA issue as we speak. You’ll be hearing from us soon.”
Here is thereisnospoon just a little over 24 hours later, June 20 at 9:16PM:
Today is a day of mourning for those of us who love our Constitution, our Country, and the commitment to Rule of Law. Whether on account of fear of Republican attacks, or of corruption in pandering to telecom interests, or fear of retribution for their own complicity in Constitutional crimes, a minority of House Democrats combined with the reprobate Republicans to pass through a travesty of legislation that allows the Bush Administration and their big telecom allies retroactive immunity and a free pass for gutting the 4th Amendment. There is still fighting to be done to remove some of the worst provisions of the bill in the Senate–and we fight we must.
Still, however, we are right to feel betrayed. Progressives and freedom-loving Americans of all stripes are justifiably upset. Furious. Disheartened. Depressed.
Oh wait a minute. Thereisnospoon says it’s not Barack’s fault after all, even though he made an “inadequate statement” on the troubling FISA bill that passed the House yesterday. Nooooooo, my goodness no. It’s Nancy Pelosi’s fault because she took impeachment off the table! And as putative head of the Democratic Party, how on earth could Barack Obama have even the slightest influence over Speaker Pelosi?
No law is safe or binding under a Unitary Executive–which is why Barack Obama’s inadequate statement on FISA makes the presumption that he will clean up the mess once he is elected President. Because he knows that nothing that Congress might put in the bill will matter to the current President, who will simply ignore whatever restrictions are placed in his way.
See, Bush would just ignore anything Congress does anyway. We have to wait until The Precious is in the White House. Then he in his infinite wisdom will reverse all that Bush and Cheney have done to strengthen the “unitary executive.” Barack would never abuse his powers, no, no, no. He will rule with an even hand and will see to it that all that is wrong with the world is healed and transformed.
That is why, try as I might, I can’t get too worked up about what should otherwise be a hair-rending shredding of our Constitutional principles by our supposedly Democratic-led House of Representatives: the end result of this fight was predetermined long ago–no matter what the result of the FISA fight might be.
Oh. Okay then. Carry on, Denver. The blogger boyz are still ripe for bamboozling and hoodwinking, even though Barack has already taken their money and then thrown them under the bus with the rest of us. I’m sure they’ll be willing to cough up 11 million more to make Barack’s coronation very very special.