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Messina: Ryan Pick “Carries Real Danger” for Obama

Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina sent out an email list night warning supporters that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan represents “real danger” to Obama’s reelection prospects, begging for donations of “$5 or more” to combat the peril.

The note, sent to supporters who had not yet contributed to the campaign, was designed to leverage fear over Ryan’s ties to big ticket conservative donors into more cash for Obama.

Here’s a section of the email, which features a hint of the foul language for which Obama aides are legendary:

Congressman Paul Ryan is the poster boy for the extreme Republican leadership in a Congress whose overall approval rating is 12 percent. His plan to dismantle Medicare is deeply unpopular with the general public, and especially undecided voters.

You might be wondering why the hell Romney picked this guy. But this is a strategic pick that carries real danger for us.

Here’s the calculation: Mitt Romney doesn’t need or expect Paul Ryan to convince even one undecided voter to cast their ballot for him. That’s not what he’s on the ticket for. He’s there to reassure and inspire ultraconservative ideologues and corporate interests that they will have one of their own a heartbeat from the presidency.

That means tens or even hundreds of millions more dollars for the Romney campaign and the array of outside groups supporting him — and if current trends hold, more than 90 percent of that money will be spent on TV ads — lying, distorting and trashing Barack Obama. Those ads will have more impact on undecided voters than anything Paul Ryan himself does or says.

Mitt Romney is convinced that picking Paul Ryan is a great investment for him.

If you sense of note of frustration in the missive, remember that the Obama campaign is badly trailing Mitt Romney’s operation in fundraising, and its allied SuperPacs are being swamped by rivals on the right.

The Obama campaign appears to have done away with the demands for $3, upping its minimum request by two bucks.

Ryan indeed is one of the best fundraisers in the House, and his donations include money from ideologically motivated conservative donors like the Koch brothers. But the notion that Ryan could bring in “hundreds of millions more dollars” than Romney and his allies would otherwise have collected is probably fiction.

And the email is a sure sign that the Obama campaign will open a new avenue in its attacks on Ryan, seeking to tie him to “sinister” wealthy conservatives.

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13 Responses to Messina: Ryan Pick “Carries Real Danger” for Obama

  1. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so pathetic. More lies from the fiberal left.

    What about the truly “sinister” Marxists in the White House, and their trickle-down Marxism/ trickle-down poverty?

  2. This is pathetic. They have no plans of their own with the exception of obamacare which is wildly unpopular (as illustrated by the 2010 mid-term election). So, all they have is rediule for the opponent. Chicago politics on a national scale. It will not work.

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    What nonsense! This is massive sour grapes over the money that is pouring into the Romney coffers because so many are disgusted and disenchanted with Obama.

  4. Sounds like things are getting steamy in the Obama boiler room. There is an aura of tawdriness surrounding everyone in this administration. But the worst curse word in the lexicon is the name ‘Obama’!

  5. We all know what SNAFU stands for.
    There’s a new 5 letter tag that has replaced it.
    OBAMA.

    As in, “Whoa… what an OBAMA the Dem admin is!”
    “The 2012 Dem campaign is just one huge OBAMA!”

    (I know there’s a curse word or two in there, also).

    First, they steal the rope…then, they hang themselves. Never fails.

  6. Well, this is one reason I’m glad I’ll never give money to Ubama – once donated, it seems that Ubama supporters are carpet-bombed with “urgent” messages for donations to put down all the loony insurrections the right wing nut jobs are starting. No wonder people are suffering from Ubama fatigue.

    What’s funny is that all the cheap-skate liberals (the ones who won’t be getting a slice of the taxpayer pie) probably won’t even give their loser a 5 spot.

  7. Messina is spewing the libertard BS line again. Any excuse, the sleazier the better, for hitting ignorant chumps up for a few more bucks. He may not be afraid, but he darned well should be. Obamao should be, too, but unless he thinks it’ll garner a few more dollars, he won’t admit it either. The libertards will do everything they can think of the drag the upcoming election behind themselves through the sewer. But, I honestly believe it will result in a landslide repudiation of Obamao and his Merry Marxist Minions. I think a majority of voters see through Obamao by now and can’t stomach him any more than I can. I also think lying to pollsters has become a sport. I love doing it every time they call.

  8. That is the most unprofessional letter I have ever read-

    that would never fly in the ‘real’ world

    and to have it come out from the campaign manager of the president of the United States is insulting, embarrassing and pretty darn disgusting

    how awful

  9. They are desperate and I find it kind of funny, actually. Something tells me that all of his high profile fundraising with the Hollywood elite is NOT helping Obummer with the grass roots Dems. That’s because even his die-hard, kool-aid drinking supporters are feeling financially strapped right now. They get emails like that and figure, “Hey, he’s raisng millions in Hollywood, he doesn’t need my $5 as much as I do.”