From the Daily Beast; President Obama sounded weary and maybe a tad worried late Friday during a rambling conference call with campaign donors whom he repeatedly begged to send money—and send it now.
The President made the conference call while flying on Air Force One which makes its legality questionable but what the hell everything he does is questionable. The tone of the call sounded more like pain and agony than hope and change. Yeah, gloom, despair, and agony. Obama warned his donors on the call that; "“...we’re going to have to deal with these super-PACs in a serious way. And if we don’t, frankly I think the political [scene] is going to be changed permanently. Because the special interests that are financing my opponent’s campaign are just going to consolidate themselves. They’re gonna run Congress and the White House.”
Not very hope and changey! His campaign needs to sell more T-shirts. The Beast obtained a recording of the call from one of the conference participants.
" The president added: “Last month the Romney campaign raised $76 million. We raised $60 million.” That determines “our planning for whether or not we are gonna go on the air in Florida or Ohio or any of these battleground states, how much advertising we buy, what we spend when it comes to organizing teams.”
Donors on the call must have thought Obama was speaking from the Wailing Wall.
“And now I’m the incumbent president. I’ve got gray hair. People have seen disappointment because folks had a vision of change happening immediately. And it turns out change is hard, especially when you’ve got an obstructionist Republican Congress.”
“It’s also because the landscape’s changed because of the Supreme Court ruling Citizens United,” continued Obama. “We are going to see more money spent on negative ads through these super-PACs and anonymous outside groups than ever before. And if things continue as they have so far, I’ll be the first sitting president in modern history to be outspent in his reelection campaign.”
True to presidential form, Obama blamed the Koch brothers for part of his grief. It is not reported how much the call raised but one would assume that the donors must have been mildly shocked to hear first hand how worried the White House is about the election. The other day I referred to the Romney cold war strategy whereby Romney and his PAC's force the Obama campaign to spend itself into oblivion by forcing him to defend states that normally wouldn't be in play. The combined financial clout of Romney et al is expected to be in the $1.2 billion range. Evidently the campaign is no better at handling its money than the public's money. There was much bravado earlier this year about the 42 offices the campaign had opened across the country and the "massive, significant, dynamic, grass roots, presidential campaign" that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is so proud of but didn't make the grade in Wisconsin. Forty-two offices with paid staffs burn through money in a hurry and all the campaign can boast of its massive ad buys is they keep Obama in striking distance. Let's hope Obama is right about a permanent change in the political scene.