Unlike a lot of people, I didn't think an appearance by President Obama would have made much of a difference in Tuesday's Wisconsin recall elections. I didn't spend much time fretting or commenting about the DNC's lack of interest, either, though I can appreciate the passion and viewpoint of those who felt otherwise. They wanted President Obama here and they wanted a lot more support from the DNC. He decided not to. I'm over it, or at least I thought I was.
Today it's being reported by Amanda Terkel at Huffington Post (yeah, I know) that President Obama's campaign is using Walker's victory as a scare tactic to raise funds in other states.
OK, Mr. President. May I respectfully say that now you're just fucking with us cheeseheads?
I'm not angry or upset, and I don't suggest that anyone else should be. I laughed when I saw the headline at HuffPo. I'll vote for President Obama again, but I do wish I could talk to him and ask him "Wisconsin? Really?"
Here is the text of the email. I have highlighted the portions that made me shake my head:
What just happened in Wisconsin wasn't an accident.
Republican Governor Scott Walker and his allies outspent the Democratic challenger nearly EIGHT to ONE -- and one of the most unpopular governors in the country managed to hold on.
This result is direct confirmation that all the outside money that's poured into elections this cycle can and will change their outcome. And it's exactly what could happen on the national stage unless we can close the gap between special interests and ordinary people.
Please donate $15 or more to support President Obama and make sure people, not special interests, decide this election.
Walker was challenged because he's spent the last year and a half promoting special interests and Republican ideologues while taking away a seat at the table for middle-class families. But when his job was on the line, those same interest groups repaid the favors -- and were willing to spend nearly eight times as much money as the Democratic candidate and his allies raised.
This is the playbook Mitt Romney used in primary after primary against Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
His ad buys were overwhelmingly negative, and he and his backers poured money into whatever state was next until they got the result they wanted.
Now, imagine this same scenario playing out again in Wisconsin in November, and in Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Nevada, and the rest of the battleground states.
The other side has the money. They know they can buy the election if they spend it. And they are being told every day by Mitt Romney that he will do exactly what they want him to.
We can stop them.
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