I reread an interesting couple of pages tonight in Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Well, actually more than a couple.
In 2006, Anita Dunn was brought into the unofficial, unannounced Obama campaign to help with fund raising. We all know who Anita Dunn is. But what many don’t know is that she was the chief strategist for former Senator Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential run and Senator Evan Bayh is also a former Dunn client.
One of the things that made the Obama campaign unique and successful, and a lesson I’m sure the Republicans have learned since the ’08 election, was their aggressive use of the internet, especially for fund raising.
After the 2004 DNC speech that launched Obama into the stratosphere, he was in demand to speak and help raise money for several mid-term democrats. What she did to bring his Senatorial PAC alive again, was to require that every time he appeared to help a candidate, the email addresses of those in attendance was gathered up for Obama’s Hopefund.
“Everytime he did an event for a candidate, Hopefund would require the beneficiary to set up a registration system and then turn over the attendees email addresses to the [Obama’s] PAC.
“This was no small thing. As 2006 rolled on, the requests poured in – urgent, desperate pleas from Democratic candidates fervent in the view that a visit from Obama would be their fiscal and political salvation. That added up to a lot of chits, and a lot of email addresses.”
Democrats are understandably — and largely justified in being — frustrated that they lost an election based on Republicans defending tax cuts for the wealthy that are only expiring because of a budget gimmick championed by George Bush — and based on criticism of their apparent lack of concern over the deficit, by a party that has shown no past or current seriousness about deficit reduction and the hard choices involved. Losing those political fights was as inexplicable as it was hard for the Democrats. Maybe that’s why Thursday seemed to have donkeys melting down all over the place.
How many stupid people believe this tripe? Well, it’s Time magazine so that means everyone who reads it.
These guys want to make us believe that they lost because the Republicans were “defending tax cuts for the wealthy” and because the Democrats showed an “apparent lack of concern over the deficit?” Here we go, trying to rewrite the truth and make us believe something entirely fictional. These must be their new talking points and we all know that if you tell a lie enough times, it becomes real.
“Losing those political fights was as inexplicable as it was hard for the Democrats.” See? They still don’t get it. They lost and there’s simply no sensible explanation for it, therefore The People were stupid, uninformed, misinformed and taken in by the Republicans.
They lost the election because they have gone berserk spending OUR money and putting us in debt for generations to come.
They lost the election because they have effectively taken away the American dream from millions of us and for millions in generations to come.
They lost the election because they refused to listen to the people when we told them we didn’t like what they were doing and wanted them to stop.
They lost the election because they rammed through crap without reading or knowing what they were voting on.
They lost the election because of back room deals and bribes to win the passage of bills that most of us didn’t want.
They lost the election because the Hope and Change we were promised was really socialism and people figured that out.
They lost the election because of their total disregard for the Constitution.
We can’t allow them to hijack this story. They know full well why they lost the election but they want to convince the American people that they lost because the Republicans were just that much slicker than they were.
They lost because in their zeal to take over an entire lackadaisical nation, The People woke up and pushed back. And God willing, we won’t stop.
But from all historical accounts, it was definitely an election changer. It’s been shown many times over the years for that reason and I can see why it was a real game changer. During the last election, I saw the maker of this ad on a news show and this is one political ad that hit a home run and will live on in history for how it affected the electorate.
Which brings me to this ad:
Even though Hillary lost, this is another high impact ad. It reinforced my opinion, when I saw it that Obama was not the right guy to sit in the oval office. It gives you pause to think: Who do you want taking that call? Who do you trust to do the most right thing?
Even his running mate gave reason for voters to question the decision to elect Obama:
Obama’s been tested from all sides and he shows nothing but annoyance (or naivety or downright incompetence) to events, not decisiveness or a vision of purpose during any critical event that he has faced. The only time he shows determination in a purpose is when it’s a crisis he has generated (remember the “health care crisis”?)
In the book Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, at a time while Obama was still debating his run for president, he asks his handlers if he can be home every weekend during the campaign. When I read this little paragraph in the book, I was astounded. Is it just me, or does this sound a little naive? Did he think that running for president of the United States was going to be a 5 day work week, 9-5 job? Did he think this was a day job? And does he think that while he’s president, he can close shop at 10pm and turn out the lights?
I think he does. And I think that anything that happens while he’s “indisposed” will be nothing short of an annoyance and a distraction. I just do not believe that he ever had a clue what this job entailed, what level of responsibility living in the White House requires. (It was reported that during the transition, and after Bush had met with Obama, Bush told one of his aides that “this cat is clueless.”) As I’ve said before, I think he knows he’s a one-termer and he’s going to get all the perks he can get from this job – traveling the world, seeing everything, hosting glittering parties for celebrities, enjoying private concerts and flying in chefs from all over the country.
All the while, he’s standing back and letting his underlings write policy, draft bills and generally run the country and the world. (If he knows nothing else from community organizing, he knows how to delegate. Hence, all the czars in this government.)