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Obama Fundraising Suffers Huge Drop-off

by Keith Koffler on September 27, 2011, 8:38 am

President Obama will raise substantially less in the second quarter of his campaign than the first, according to the New York Times.

The paper writes that Obama campaign manager Jim Messina has told Democratic officials that the president will raise about $55 million in the quarter that ends Sept. 30, about $30 million less than he raised the first quarter of his campaign – which was the second quarter of the year, ending June 30.

The news was – gosh who would have expected – buried within the Times story.

No doubt, $55 million is a lot of money. But something’s not right.

The campaign attributes part of the decline to the need for Obama to stay in Washington to address budget battles with Republicans. That is – sorry for the inconvenience – the need to be president.

But a separate  Times article Saturday that said many small donors are hesitant to start giving to Obama again. And it’s no secret that even for Democrats, the thrill is gone.

This helps explain the vitriol Obama has been dumping out on the campaign trail. He needs to get people motivated to send him their money, and if he can get the hating thing going – hate Republicans, hate the rich, hate EVERYONE – maybe they’ll part with some cash.

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Just2old September 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

Is it possible that prior donor’s misery index is way up and all they see the prez doing is reading TOTUS speeches and running around the country touting his jobs bill? A jobs bill that will create zero permanent jobs! If they do send him money, I want some of whatever they’re drinking!

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Russell September 27, 2011 at 8:54 am

Fool me once – shame on you, fool me twice – shame on me.

The “folk” as Barry likes to say, have awaken to the fact that they have been fooled numerous times with this guy. They may not vote for a republican, but I doubt that they will hold their nose and vote for Barry either. I believe that the vote count will be way down with the black and even with the far left crowd because of what they have seen and heard over the last 3 years. Enough already.

Times are very tough and the small donors are not there this time around. Barry will need a massive amount of funds to try to fool the masses one more time.

Where’s Michelle?

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DREAMS FROM MY NEIGHBOR September 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm
Robin September 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

Maybe the problem is that most of his small donor base is unemployed and don’t have any money to give. And his large donor base is looking at the Buffet Tax increase and they won’t have as much to give either.

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Fire 'N Ice September 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Your comment reveals Obungler’s stupidity and lack of good planning. Like all liberals, He simply doesn’t think things through before he opens his mouth.

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Thomas September 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

He’s raised more individually than all the Republicans have together.
What is the story here? “And his large donor base is looking at the Buffet Tax increase and they won’t have as much to give either.” That assumes they are as selfish and callous as you and the posters here…a big assumption.

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Rick September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm

The Dems get most of their money from the corporate oligarchy.

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Janice/Granny Jan September 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

When Maxine Walters looks calm and makes sense next to Obama at the BCC he’s in deep trouble.

I read this via Instapundit. It’s about a supporter of BO who is maxed out on his contributions to Barack but is fed up with the class warfare rhetoric.

The article actually infuriated me because sees BO through rose-colored glasses and still supports him. I made a comment which hasn’t been approved.

http://www.tedstake.com/2011/09/25/class-warfare-yuck/

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Star September 27, 2011 at 11:56 am

O’Reilly had an African-American professor on last nite who also was fine and dandy with being told to take off his house slippers and put on his marching shoes. The KA vat never runs dry, I guess. Still, we didn’t like it when Maxine told the TP to go to hell, but now we do approve when she takes issue with the slippers remark?

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Susan September 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I sure don’t approve of Maxine Waters’ words or actions. Don’t like the idea of ethnic caucuses in the first place. They serve to balkanize us, rather than unite us as Americans. I bet Maxine Waters has a few white conservative families in her district who are suffering just as much as their black neighbors. Wonder how they feel about her downright racist behavior. That would be called taxation without representation in a sane world.

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Bunky September 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Sure,
we have to agree with maxine all the time or disagree with maxine all the time.
There’s some real thinking before posting.

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Scott September 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

Most conservatives have had Obama figured out for quite a while now. It seems that finally (at least some) Liberals have done the same and are holding back on the cash. I see that as good news for the nation.

At the end of the day, he’s just another highly partisan politician who is concerned chiefly with getting reelected. In other words, more of the same…

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Susan September 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

Sad to hear the only way he can raise money from his followers is by fomenting hate. I’m really not surprised he isn’t getting the same financial support from business as he did in 2008. So many business leaders have come out against his regulatory policies. Then there is Obamacare and the great fear of the unknown once that beast is released on them.

He has declared war on business and capitalism, and the only business leaders who continue to support him are the true believers, the phony greenies who hope to capitalize on taxpayer loans, and those who are paying protection money to the bagman to keep him from singling them out for destruction.

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Neil C Denver September 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

Obama will be able to motivate people who vote on the basis of race, but will never be able to convince objective Americans that he is the right person for the job. The Presidency is really up to the Republicans to win or lose. As it presently stands, it’s not clear that they have a winner among the present candidates. And if one were to beat Obama, I doubt that any one of them will have the credibility, rhetoric or respect to lead our country.

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Just2old September 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

Except Herman Cain who the MSM calls a nobody. He has the leadership, common sense, education, and experience to lead this country back to greatness. To me, he’s a black Reagan and would basically take Obama’s race card off the table.

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Mark Holbrook September 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

AMEN!

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Fishbone Productions September 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Herman Cain is one I can easily fully support. I’ve been voting for the “lesser of two evils” for far to long. I’ve voted for Republicans and Democrats and vote for the best person that I respect regardless of party.

Herman isn’t a carrier politician, speaks the truth, and has real solutions to our real problems. Along with a willing Congress he will be able to right the so many wrongs in the last 13 years (yes including Bush who was more “liberal” than Clinton)

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CDA September 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm

AMEN!!!! I hope he goes all the way!!

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Dan September 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I’d like to see that happen, but remember the liberals code:

“You’re black if you are Democrat, but a turncoat otherwise.”

I’m not sure where that lands Cain on the ethnic scale, but it doesn’t measure with the libs. On the other side of the coin, the liberals have been shrinking to a dismal number so they more than likely won”t matter in the end. I guess it’s safe to say they are the vanishing hemorrhoids of the political scene.

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Just2old September 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I don’t think we really care about the libs with Herman. He’ll take the race card off the table for the independents….and they’re the ones that win elections! He’ll garner at least 1/3 of the black vote and that will sink Obama.

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Jon Richards September 28, 2011 at 1:46 am

I was watching T.V. today and someone was interviewing Maxine Waters
(think it was her) at any rate they were asking her a question about Herman
Cain and she called him an Oreo!! I just thought that was disgusting and
it’s people like her that create this racial divide.

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Steve in AZ September 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Let’s face it; any school janitor, street sweeper, homeless hobo (and above) has more abilities than Obama to lead this nation. You might even qualify.

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jr September 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Let’s see, we’ve got a past successful governor in a northern state, a currently successful governor of a big southwestern state which has created more jobs and has less unemployment than almost all the states, a successful business man, a congresswoman, a past senator, etc. etc. running for the Republican nomination against a community organizer? Where do you get the meme that there’s no winner there? From the liberal media?

Oh yeah, don’t forget they keep throwing crazy uncle ron Paul into the debates to make the repubs look bad. Guess they fooled you

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cali September 28, 2011 at 5:20 am

Take your rose colored shades off; ..”doubt anyone of them have credibility, respect, and rhetoric to lead our country”? Are you serious, compared to whom, Barry?
You forgot to put on your slippers…..

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Star September 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

Hate money–nifty. Is that like blood money?

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Star September 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

PLUS–he HAS been fundraising, not governing–so that’s no excuse–maybe the earthquakes swallowed up some Benjamins.

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lc southern September 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Even his supporters have realized he is in over his head…

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Filster September 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

“when truth prevails you don’t need a billion dollars” Rep. Ron Paul Sep. 27, 2011

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Bushsfault September 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

oucho

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Larry September 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm

A sitting President shouldn’t have to raise huge amounts of money to get re-elected. If he has done a good job representing the country, our laws, and the American people all he needs to do is run on his record.

So why does this President feel he needs a billion dollars to get re-elected?

Bottom-line question, “Are you better off today than you were 3-4 years ago?”

If the answer is no, then this is not the man for the job. If it takes more than 3 years to at least get the country pointed in the right direction then, this person needs to pack a bag and find something that they are better at because leadership, bold ideas, and governing is not it.

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Michael H September 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Obama hasn’t done a damn thing but play golf. There are no jobs being created except keeping the over paid public employees who average 3% and lifetime benefits at the taxpayers funding. poor you with the medical and 50,000 pensions for life. KMA Time to rise up against the machine.

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gobnait September 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

“The campaign attributes part of the decline to the need for Obama to stay in Washington to address budget battles with Republicans. That is – sorry for the inconvenience – the need to be president.”

Exactly what day was Obama in Washington? Must have blinked and missed it.

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Tom Walsh September 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm
Jeff September 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

The fraud is being exposed! Mr.Chameleon is exposed for what he is! A FRAUD!

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sb36695 September 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

HOPE is fading fast.

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Rick September 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

He is starting to realize there will be no second term… now is when he starts getting really dangerous. Watch him like a hawk because he will be trying even more sneaky things like GUNWALKER and the solar panel money laundering schemes now that he knows he will never have another chance to destroy this country.

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cali September 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Pray and hope that he does not start WWIII bylobbying missiles at Iran just to wag the dog. You are right, he’s becoming dangerous.

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nickel September 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I sorry but they just aren’t that into you, anymore. How long before the Democratic hacks figure out that this guy is toxic and start running against his policies themselves?

All you government employees, union hacks and Wall Street banksters better start paying down YOUR mortgages, because I got a feeling those “safe” jobs you think you have may not last past Christmas 2012.

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Toni September 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Yes, Maxine was right! Why when he needs votes, he NOW runs to the Black “folks” and tells us to “Quit Winning!” Hell, it time to wine and damn complain! Long overdue! Then, he goes to BET and do the same thing! Why in the hell don’t he yell and raise hell at the Republicans? That is what most Americans wanted him to do! Maybe, because it is much easier to to it to Black people? PLEASE!!! This wimp I will NOT vote for again!

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Morris September 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

LOOSE SHOES (bedroom slippers)!!! Earl Butz’s revenge!

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OutInTheOC September 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

As a Republican, I signed up to receive Obama 2012 emails and in everyone I get, they ask for money….$5.00 dollars here…$3.00 there…and the emails come every 2 or 3 days. Its great to watch “Obama fundraising failure” happening right before my eyes……keep the emails coming….love to see “Obama begging” for money!

A Change is Coming…….Take Back America 2012.

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NotBuying September 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm

But how much money was RAISED OR SAVED?

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Joe Doakes September 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

June 17, 2011

To the Editor:

As I read Mrs. XXXXXXX rebuttal to my letter I could not help but recall that movie The Titanic by James Cameron. In my minds eye I can clearly see Mrs. XXXXXX standing outside the wheel house cheering on Captain Obama as he steers the ship of state not only into the iceberg, but then, throws the ship into full reverse to hit it again, just to be sure the ship is absolutely going to sink. Whether it is Obama, Cuomo, or even Weiner they are all reading from the same playbook written by liberal democrat after liberal democrat. Spend more, promise more, borrow more, regulate more, fight wars only when “we” run them otherwise wail like stuck pigs against them, and last but not least, don’t mind the stench of hypocrisy, oh no, we must full our noses with as much sanctimonious “but its for the children” as will fit to mask the stench.

My life experience guided by what I know to be true says we are in deep trouble and I’m trying to ring the alarm with these letters. If all of you want to live out the last days of prosperity in placid ignorance, you have that right, because better men, and these days women, from our local police and fire force’s right on up to every soul in the United State Military step into the breach to give you that opportunity. I recommend a hot cup of tea and the liberal media of your choice that does not challenge any assumption you have been taught to bleep just like the Phd XXXXXXX has done with such seeming certitude along with your thoughts in the same paper you know hold in your hands. I say nuts to all of it. We are trillions in debt and deficit and our problems from not having opened Yucca mountain to secure nuclear waste to the ATF letting thousands of guns in to the wrong hands only increases my angst.

We are free and will remain so because we cherish debate and the ballot and we can alter our course through that ballot box. We have for almost three generations accepted the notion that the liberal philosophy in either how we fight wars or how we live our daily lives is the answer. To accomplish this, both political parties have engaged in the “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch your’s” act. This “go along to get along” attitude has led us to a decade of combat against one side of the same muslim/arab coin, a destroyed dollar, and diminished standing among the free nations of the world, and a fantasy land interest rate environment that only Bozo the Clown Banker could love. Americans don’t lead by bowing to dictators or by apology. They hold their hand out and say to the world that we will do our level best to help you realize your freedom, but will not give up our freedom to be safe. Because as Benjamin Franklin once said a nation that is willing to give up its freedom for security will soon have neither. I may not be the smartest man, but I think old Franklin knew a thing or two about what it took to get the freedom that we seem so willing to give up and hand, our children, my children, the MasterCard bill for.

Joe Doakes

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Susan September 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Well said Joe. Your letter should be reprinted in the Letter to the Editor section of every newspaper in America.

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Maxwell September 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Even Democrats have some business sense, why invest in a sinking ship?

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Abe September 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Americans think what they’re fed by the media. I the voters know the gravity of the situation Obama’s created. Obama does and he’ll try to fool the voters. He has a record this time around. It’s very bad and smacks of incompetence. I hope the media doesn’t make the public think chicken sh*t is chicken salad. We’re on shakey ground now…much much worse than when Bush turned the controls over to this imcmpetent rookie. Show horse not a work horse…..quite the showman.

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Patriot Act September 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Not to worry. If Obama doesn’t raise enough, George Soros will probably come across with a cool half billion or so.

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Star September 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Piker! Bet Warren can pony more—wait–does he owe back taxes?

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Susan September 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm

You’re right, Soros can buy his presidency again. Soros was the only financier to make the Forbes top 10, and the only one on the list who didn’t create one job. He made billions last year off the back of American taxpayers so he can afford it.

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Jim September 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Obama and his cohorts
All went a fishing
Worms a wiggling,
Sucker fish and Minion,
Hugging and a kissing
Hoping and a wishing
Suckers get got
Minions get caught
Poor old Henrietta
Never got her kitchen

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Deniser55 September 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

What a way for a President to campaign, hate half of the country that you want to be elected to serve. Is it any wonder why he gets to respect or even cooperation in congress. Wait, if he wins re-election, it will even be more difficult when he has to face a republican house and Senate. That should wipe that smug, self-righteous grin off his face.

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Deniser55 September 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

thats was suppose to read “gets NO respect.”……..

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QuestionItAll September 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Empty Suit + Empty Promises = Empty Wallets

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Rick O'Shea September 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Maybe his base really believes he is trying to put them to work?

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tex montana September 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

There is no doubt that Obama and his Chicago Mobsters are as popular as ants at a picnic. However, through thick and thin Anthony’s Weiner will be standing firmly behind him.

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nlynch September 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Congrats on the Drudge, top red headline!!
This blog rocks.

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olde pablo September 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Obie is in trouble! poll numbers in the tank for twelve straight months. Even his base(black caucus) is whinning and unhappy. Now Wall St and businesscommunity are NOT CONTRIBUTING as in 2008. Most of the candidates at the last debate could trounce obie if the election was today, but there is still time for anything to happen. My guess is it will get worse and obie will be denutted Nov 2012 and that will end the insanity. The winner will have his/her hands full turning things around but it will happen—I can’t wait

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Truth Hurts September 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Not to worry, stolen taxpayer money will pour in from unions and green fraud associates and be repackaged in a maze of phony strawman donors No individuals, except communist and brain-dead libs, would donate to president zero, he is a complete and utter failure as a leader. Two-bit race hustling demagogues out in 2012.

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r seal September 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Since when is he staying the WH? He is spending everyday millions (planes, helicopters, cars, secret service, catering to all of his entourage) of our money, not his campaign funds, flitting around making speeches to try to raise money for his re-election.

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George Johnson September 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

That’s what *I* have been wondering about also.
As long as he can go out there and say (convince people) that he is “stumping for his bill”, the America taxpayer is paying for his campaign.
This SHOULD be against the law. Everybody knows he is campaigning. Yet, we, as conservatives and republicans (independents and libertarians) are paying for this uber-liberal campaign.

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George Johnson September 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I’ve read quite a few scary comments here.
Make no mistake, the liberals that are not donating to him, are NOT “coming around” or “coming to their senses”. A liberal is always a liberal! Some, very few may change.
But these liberals are mad at him, because he is NOT LIBERAL ENOUGH! Seriously, they thought America had suddenly turned into some liberal, socialist country with his election. We were finally! Going to go full bore liberal on them.
But most people came to their senses and realized they were lied to. So “obama the lawless” had to move a bit to the center, or at least couldn’t be quite as liberal (communist) as he would have liked.
Yes, these people are mad because “the rich” have not been taxes at 99%, they don’t yet have fully free medical care, (although some DO have free houses), they don’t have “their kitchens, their car notes paid for or gas in their tanks”. They’re mad because the military still exists.

In short, they’re mad because we are not yet ruled by a modern day Lenin or Marx.

Do not confuse their disappointment and disgust with “enlightenment” or conversion, or even coming to their senses.

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jabon September 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

That Obama is raising less campaign funds is not surprising. What is surprising, though, is that he was able to raise $55 million at all. Who are these people who continue to donate to Obama’s campaign and seem to think he is the solution when he’s been the problem all along?

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Taras September 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Bye Barrie….don’t let the door hit you in the rear.

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usa September 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I do not understand how anyone could support such a hatred filled administration. if you wanted to be lied to every minute of every day. you got what you wanted.

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Helen of Troy September 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Why don’t you change the name of this blog to “Obama Basher in the White House.” Obama will have enough money and will win the election in 2012 as long as the states don’t change the voter registration rules to favor the turnout towards the Republicans.

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Susan September 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Texas passed a voter ID law. That won’t change the voter registration rules to favor the turnout towards the Republicans, but it will prevent your master’s illegal alien base from voting. Maybe it will give the Republicans a fighting chance to win some elections in the border towns.

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Just2old September 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Virginia has a similiar law….passed a couple of years ago. I don’t see the big deal…unless you don’t have picture ID….hmmmm

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Political Girl September 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

“The campaign attributes part of the decline to the need for Obama to stay in Washington address budget battles with Republicans. That is – sorry for the inconvenience – the need to be president.”

Are they kidding? He is ALWAYS traveling. He is RARELY in Washington. It is all he knows how to do. Read a teleprompter for a campaign speech.

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Shofar September 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Keith,

Question for you, since I am not that familiar with campaign finance law.

If a candidate raises, let’s say, $1 billion, and then decides that he/she does not wish to commit to the grueling rigors of the campaign, does said candidate need to return the money to the donors or can they keep the funds raised and use them for other political purposes?

The way I understood the law was that, if they did drop out of a campaign, the money stays with them and they can use it for whatever political purpose they desire, as long as the money does not go towards personal use/expenses.

If this is true, and some Dem mounts a campaign against Obama and defeats him in the primaries, Obama would be in the position to be king maker due to his financial clout.

He still has in place the fund raising network needed to raise substantial capital, even though he maybe short on real ideas/ideals, he could end up being another puppet master given his networking abilities.

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Larsinkima September 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Gee, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to spend $35,000.00 per couple to eat with him. To afford that you would have to be one of those dirty rich people he has been trashing for the last couple of months.

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Charlie September 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

The Jewish janitors have abandoned him.

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DanInTexas September 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I just got this creepy email from Barack himself: But I’m not going to be hanging around the phone for his call.
“Friend –
I enjoy talking about fundraising deadlines as much as I imagine you enjoy hearing about them.
But this Friday’s deadline is important.
It’s a chance for us to prove how we’re different from any campaign in politics: We rely on ordinary Americans giving what they can — one grassroots donation at a time.
This is not just a campaign. It’s a chance for each of us as citizens to organize and change the course of history.
And before we close the books this Friday at midnight, I hope you’ll become a part of it.
Please donate $3 or more today.
I’ll be calling some grassroots donors like you by phone this week, so I can say thank you.
And if I don’t call you, there’s a chance I’ll see you at dinner with three other supporters sometime soon.
Even if I don’t get to thank you personally, every single donation counts:
https://donate.barackobama..com/Friday-Deadline
Thanks for doing your part,

Barack”

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srdem65 September 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Why that two-timer! I got the same letter today!
Well, he can forget my $3 check.
And, “Barack”, don’t call me, I’ll call you.

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Susan September 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm

You are so funny srdem. I think he is worse than a two-timer. More like a gigolo.

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M Theory September 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Conversely it is very thrilling to give to the Ron Paul money bombs! Ron Paul has a long standing record of doing what he says. He will pull the plug on all these senseless wars we cannot afford.

The only ones who benefit from the wars are the banks and the military industrial complex. These wars are not making the world more free (or safe). It is obviously a lie to say they are.

And unlike the Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama, Ron Paul will indeed stop warring with the rest of the world.

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Jerzey Boy September 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

BHO is, by nature and education (such as Rev. Write), is a pissed off hateful guy.
One can only hide their true nature for only so long.
Sure, everyone like passion in a leader, but dark hate is not something that draws people in. Time for you to go BHO.

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Treachery September 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Well said… the hater in chief.

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