The 2012 election is barely over, but President Obama is already hitting the campaign trail again, heading out to four California fundraisers Wednesday and Thursday to begin raising money to help Democrats keep the Senate and seize the House.
The way-early fundraising blitz suggests Obama is far more focused than the White House is admitting on capturing the House for Democrats so he can railroad legislation through Congress after the 2014 elections.
According to the White House, Obama Wednesday will attend two fundraisers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the political arm of House Democrats. Politico writes that the fundraisers will each be on San Francisco’s “Billionaires’ Row,” at the homes of Gordon Getty and billionaire Democratic fundraiser and clean-energy advocate Tom Steyer.
After overnighting in San Francisco, Obama moves on Thursday to Atherton, California for two more fundraisers, this time to raise money for the Democratic National Committee. These too will be big-money affairs at private residences.
The DNC will be focused in 2014 on winning the House and preserving the Senate for Democrats.
As during the 2012 campaign, an “official” White House event will defray costs: Obama stops in Denver Wednesday for a gun control push before continuing on to San Francisco.
Obama has frequently been slammed from the right as “The Campaigner-in-Chief. That he is fundraising so early is a sure sign that the next year and half until Election Day will find policy matters and the conduct of the presidency frequently interrupted by politics, as happened during the final year of Obama’s first term.