The other day, I found this link from Corrente’s post, Who’s Going Rogue?, to what I initially thought was the left coming to its senses. It’s all about the “secret” meetings that Democratic donors are having about the 2012 election season. It turns out that what we had suspected in 2008 was true. Obama had captured the donors and had all of them funnel their money to his campaign instead of outside advocacy groups. Peachy.
Well, those groups have seen what the last two years of Obamaism hath wrought and they’re not going to do THAT again, by golly. No, by neddyjingo, they won’t get fooled again. In 2012, they’re going to give their money to whomever they please and not just solely to Obama:
In meetings this past week, some of the top financiers in the party advanced discussions about building a third-party apparatus to counter that on the Republican side of the aisle. The tone, said one person involved in the talks, was remarkably different from 2008, when the Obama campaign urged donors to funnel money strictly into their coffers. In 2010, similar requests are being made — but they’re not always heeded.
“Those days are other,” said the individual. “It is a really big sea shift. People said we need an outside structure and we are going to do it. It is no longer ‘Will you give us permission to do it, sir.’”
As is often the case in Democratic circles, little consensus was reached over the past week. If anything, the meeting of the Democracy Alliance — a formal community of well-funded, progressive-minded individuals and activists — ended with more lingering questions and promises for future discussions than concrete answers. Among the issues left unresolved were how a third-party group would be structured, what it would cost, and whether it was more effective to decry outside money helping Republicans or to simply match the Republican’s outside money.
“There probably is some kind of need [for a third-party outlet]. The one thing about us though is when we lose we have a lot of meetings. We are not even getting started on the retreats or retrospectives,” said James Carville, a longtime Democratic strategist, during an unrelated breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “There is probably going to be one now, it is just the nature of what it is. Undoubtedly the Democrats will have symposiums and retreats.”
Hurrah! They are finally getting the picture. These donors are not going to let Obama take their money without some kind of pro quo for their quid. They demand satisf… wait… what’s this at the end?
That such money would be available to help Democratic causes is in and of itself a remarkable reflection about the evolution of the party. In 2008, attempts to build an independent arm was essentially axed when the Obama campaign nixed donor giving to outside functions. This go-around, even the president’s team seems to be of the mindset that such a tight restriction on funds is impractical or perhaps disadvantageous.
“One of the things the White House is recognizing as they think about the reelect is it is going to cost a lot of money, which is not to say the last one didn’t,” said one Democracy Alliance attendee. “It will be an expensive campaign though and they will need some help with it.”
Ohhhh, OK, I get it. They still have a crush on Obama. B to the A the R-A-C-K, O-B-A-M-A!
It’s not that they’ll be pushing Obama from the left so much as they will be “perceived” to be pushing Obama from the left. What they will really be doing is the same old thing and funneling all of the cash they will be hauling in from their duped small donors directly into Obama’s re-election campaign.
So, the outside advocacy groups will take our money and shake their tiny fists and wail at the Obama administration and the blue meanie Republicans and then turn around and use the money to help Obama’s re-election campaign.
Wait! Let’s back up a minute. This whole scenario depends on the general public sort of already buying into the idea that Obama will not be challenged in his own party. Says who?
Oh, sure, the press will keep beating Hillary over the head with the question of whether she will run in 2012 and she will (carefully) keep denying it. (OMG, Andrew Sullivan says Hillary has finally won him over- as long as she behaves quietly at State and doesn’t make a fuss. Oh, please, what nauseating bilge.) And, heck, it might even be true. But who’s to say that there won’t be some other Democrat or third party candidate who will see all of the disaffected Democrats and working class stiffs that both parties have left on the table and swoop down to grab them? In fact, if ever in the history of the US of A there was a better time for an Independent or primary challenger to win, this would be it.
These donors are stupid. They were stupid in 2008 and they’re just as stupid now. They are falling for the Obama Haka once again. He’s the only one. No one else cares about them but him. No one else dares challenge him. That’s a crock of frog bollocks. There he goes, strutting around like the proverbial cock on the walk and as James Carville says, he’s got no balls. The donors should do an aggressive pat-down on him to find out but they’re too afraid.
And I don’t buy this nonsense that it wouldn’t be genteel or couth for Hillary to challenge him. Does anyone think for one minute that the assholes who ran Obama’s campaign would have given two $#@%s about running HER over? Um, no. We already know they have no scruples when it comes to dirty campaigning. But they expect Hillary to not feel her cheerios and put aside every concern she may have for her country so as to protect Obama’s and the DNC’s sense of propriety?
At this point, it doesn’t matter what the donors think or what Hillary thinks or Obama thinks or the DNC thinks. All that matters is that there are hundreds of millions of Americans right now who see their lifestyles negotiated away by Barack Obama and his Democratic Congress and they are ready to throw Obama out. No, I’m not kidding. It’s only going to get worse in the next two years and his chances of turning this ship around are rapidly fading. By the time 2012 rolls around, his re-election is going to look remote, just like the Democratic Congress’ re-election this November looked remote. We saw it from a mile away. When the Republicans go all Fallujah on Obama’s ass in the next two years, he’s going to start looking like a punching bag and no one wants to vote for four more years of that.
At that point, we will want an uncouth, uncivil. hairy, unibrowed renegade from the left to push Obama out. A left wing version of Atilla the Hun will look like a viable alternative. The left doesn’t produce many of them from its Stevensonian branch, which is why Obama’s retainers should feel really nervous right about now.
It is too late to try to cheer Obama on for a second term. And anyone who attempts to do so should be gagged for being irresponsible and dishonest. He is what he is, which is what we told them he is. He is an opportunistic, Republican lite politician who does not have the experience or the temperament to operate the levers of government to get things done for the vast majority of Americans. We already know this in 2010. An infusion of spine is by no means guaranteed to work and is likely to be shortlived anyway. If he gets re-elected in 2012, what’s going to stop him from reverting to form?
We gave this guy the job and we have evaluated his performance and found him lacking. He is not entitled to a second term. He has to earn it. So far, he isn’t doing that. But the Democratic donors have decided to play it safe and re-elect him even though they don’t like him or his policies, forcing him back on the hapless voters in 2012. And we call Palin voters stupid? Hey, it’s their money. Just don’t ask me to throw my good, hard earned money down that drain too.
Do us all a favor and get Hillary or someone of her political persuasion to run. Just save us all the time and agony of a prolonged death by bipartisanship Obama style. He can’t win in 2012 no matter how many billions you siphon to him on the side. Stick a fork in him, he’s done.
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