We have been chronicling the increasingly desperate appeals for money that Barack Obama and his minions have been sending to the party’s faithful. Since I am on their email lists, I get several on most days. Here are two that arrived in my inbox today. The first is from James Carville. Note the classless tone, and the subject heading: “wonder boy.”
From: James Carville [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 10:14 AM
To: Hinderaker, John H.
Subject: wonder boy
Want to know why Romney put his money on the right-wing wonder boy, Paul Ryan, as his VP candidate?
You’re going to see this week. When Ryan gives his big Convention speech and starts railing against Obamacare, those Tea Party fanatics are going to be leaping off their backsides to donate whatever they’ve got to defeat the President.
There’s no way around it — combine all this Tea Party money with all that Koch Brothers’ Super PAC cash, and we’re in danger of letting this thing get out of hand.
We’ve gotta close the gap and fight back before it’s too late.
Chip in $3 or whatever you can muster to back up President Obama with a Democratic majority >>
Now, we’re coming down to the home stretch – the election is only a couple months out. I don’t want that feeling in my gut after it’s over where I wish we’d done more.
So I need y’all with me right now. Step up, hit ‘em where it counts, and send these guys packing once and for all:
This, I think, answers definitively the question whether the Democrats are afraid of Paul Ryan. Note, too, the reflexive reference to the Koch Brothers. The Democrats blurt out “Koch brothers” at random intervals, like Tourette’s sufferers.
This one is from Joe Biden.
The pundits and talking heads are talking about how badly we’re being outraised by the other side. You’ve heard it from us, too.
Three months in a row, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party have trounced our fundraising totals. And, along with allied outside groups, they’re using that cash to try to obliterate our side on the airwaves, outspending us in some battleground states by margins of up to three to one.
The pundits are saying this is how we could lose the election. You know what I say?
When you get knocked down, get up. There’s no quit in America. There’s nothing we can’t do.
This week isn’t just the Republican National Convention — it’s also the biggest fundraising deadline this campaign has seen, and one of the last. President Obama and I are counting on you.
Please make a donation of $3 or more today:
We’ve been counted out more than a few times before. It’s all on us to prove them wrong again.
P.S. — I’ve seen a lot of good campaigns — with smart, strong candidates and bold visions for the change we need — go down, simply because they couldn’t keep up. Don’t let this campaign be one of them. Donate today.
This is truly pathetic: there’s no quit in America, so send us more money! The Democrats are hysterical over the fact that they have been outraised by Mitt Romney over the last three months. In their email appeals, they never mention that overall, Barack Obama has outraised Romney by several hundred million dollars. Obama’s problem is that he has been spending money like water, both on TV advertising and on extravagant campaign expenses. So he now finds himself short of cash.
At dinner tonight, Scott and I kicked around the significance of the Democrats’ humiliating email pleas. It seems clear to me that their desperation is sincere. The Romney campaign sends out fundraising emails too, but their tone is 180 degrees from the Democrats’. No one would choose the humiliating, low-class road the Democrats have taken, except from necessity. So I conclude that the Democrats really don’t like what they are seeing in their own polling.
At Gay Patriot, Dan Blatt offers two specific explanations, consistent with my conclusion, for why Obama is not acting like a winner.