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Watching The Ed Show, I just heard an audio clip of David Axelrod talking about all the PAC money that billionaires spent in this election, made possible by the Citizens United ruling. As we all know by now, Karl Rove ended up with ZERO wins for all the money he poured into various campaigns this election cycle. I searched for the quote and found it at The Hill.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call two days after Obama won reelection, Axelrod said one key takeaway of the presidential race and other congressional races, is the ineffectiveness of the super-PACs.

“If I were one of these billionaires, I'd be wanting to talk to someone and asking where my refund is, because they didn't get much for their money,” Axelrod said. “Just looking at the heartening news is that you can't buy the White House. You can't overwhelm the Congress with these super-PAC dollars.”

Axelrod added that he thinks there will be some “reluctance” in future elections when strategist Karl Rove, who headed up the super-PAC “American Crossroads,” comes “knocking on the door” and asking for money.

Axelrod: Election shows PACs ‘can’t buy the White House’

Hopefully, billionaires will have learned their lesson from this experience, but I doubt it. They'll try again, which is why I hope we are able to get new laws on the books to override what Citizens United did. Thousands of grassroots volunteers working hard on the ground, out did a handful of billionaires. What will they try next time now that they've learned their money couldn't buy them the White House?

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

    by hungrycoyote on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:32:25 PM PST

  •  I'll tell you what they'll do. They'll try to (4+ / 0-)

    get their hands on that list of donors [me donating $4-$10 whenever I found some extra change in the seat cushions] that added up to millions of REAL voters.
    Or they will try to figure out how to work the voter turnout dohickey and find voters of their own. Anyhow... by now they realize it's a new game.

    President Obama listens to comments during a briefing with advisors in the Roosevelt Room, May 4, 2009.
    REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout

  •  Axelrod is overconfident (10+ / 0-)

    It didn't buy the White House this time around.

    It was also the first electoral cycle for super-PACs, and they were operating with zero prior experience.

    But as much I like to believe that the Kochs and Sheldon Adelson of the world are - generally speaking - not particularly smart outside of their own narrow little corner of the business world, they will learn and possibly get better at that game, next time around.

    They are filth but they are not complete idiots. They pulled the "Tea Party Revolution" out of nowhere and, for their own narrow purposes, ego stroking and lower taxes for themselves, it worked very well.

    But, at least, Turd Blossom is a goner. Let's savor that.

    I deal in facts. My friends are few but fast.

    by Farugia on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:48:37 PM PST

    •  And Meg Whitman (10+ / 0-)

      and What's her name, the wrestling person, and the Oberweiss character in Illinois multiple times.

      People don't like voting for people who are trying to buy themselves a seat in public office.

      Kathleen Sebelius 2016

      by pvlb on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:51:40 PM PST

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      •  This, I'm ready to believe. (5+ / 0-)

        I think the age of bajillionaire candidates dropping into races out of nowhere is over.  Most of them, abject failures. Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, Linda McMahon, etc.

        At least, Jim Oberweis got himself a Illinois state senate seat this cycle. After trying for US Senate then governor then US House, he finally adjusted to the proper level of ambition :-)

        But that's been true for a long time. Bajillionaires are not good at politics. Remember Michael Huffington in 1994 (CA senate) and he was already a US Representative. Or even before, David H. Koch himself, as Libertarian VP candidate in 1980...

        I deal in facts. My friends are few but fast.

        by Farugia on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:08:08 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  If you read the rest of the article at (7+ / 0-)

      The Hill, it goes on to quote Karl Rove's claim that it was because President Obama succeeded in defining Romney early. And I've heard that a lot for months.

      But here's the thing I don't understand. If Karl Rove was so smart and knew that the Obama campaign defining Romney before he defined himself was working, why didn't Rove use all that money to counter the attack? Instead, he tried to define President Obama as being a failure, and that didn't work.

      So President Obama defined Romney based on facts of his history, and Rove defined President Obama based on the imaginary President Obama who was sitting in that chair next to Clint Eastwood. The definition of Romney stuck, and the the one Rove tried to paint of President Obama didn't. I wonder what Turd Blossom will be doing with the rest of his life.

      “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

      by hungrycoyote on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:56:49 PM PST

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      •  Romney will go back to ruining companies, much (6+ / 0-)

        the way he has spent most of his life. Or maybe he'll take a long vacation and spend some time offshore with his money.

        U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is recognized by pedestrians at Grosvenor Place in London, July 27, 2012, as he was forced by gridlock traffic to walk from his hotel to the Irish Embassy to meet with Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny.  REUTERS/Jason Reed  

    •  Money sure as hell (5+ / 0-)

      Bought the 2004 election, with evil billionaires subsidizing swiftboat slanderers.

  •  Two main reasons the Democrats won (7+ / 0-)

    Superior candidates and a superior ground game.  

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:07:34 PM PST

  •  Actually, I think you probably can (6+ / 0-)

    And that's why we need to continue the focus on turning elections back to the people, so that elections are voted with votes and not with dollars.  Even if it requires a new Supreme Court.

    Clearly we succeeded in fighting back a first crude attempt to buy the White House under the new rules.  But it won't be the last such attempt.

    Only America's shareholders should vote in American elections.  And it's one vote per citizen.  It took us a while to clear that up in the beginning, but even back then, America was a reaction against the blurring of corporate power and sovereign/state power.  Funny that the Tea Partiers, of all people, have forgotten that.

    Ideology is when you have the answers before you know the questions.
    It is what grows into empty spaces where intelligence has died.

    by Alden on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:14:07 PM PST

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