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Video || Messina on the Spot About Selling Access to Obama

This is from Friday’ CBS This Morning Show, during which Organizing for Action chief Jim Messina was questioned about OFA’s policy of putting contributors who give $500,000 on an “advisory board” that meets quarterly with Obama.

Actually, the questioning was so lousy that he wasn’t exactly asked about that. Host Norah O’Donnell cites a $50,000 ticket to meet with Obama, but all that gets you is . . . Messina.

Nevertheless, I thought Messina’s effort at obfuscation was still sufficiently interesting that you would want to take a look.

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.

Obama Prepared to Attack Ryan

The Obama campaign today announced that it is primed to begin taking apart Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who was named by Mitt Romney today to be his vice presidential running mate. In an email to supporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina indicated the Obama campaign will immediately go negative in an attempt to define Paul… Continue Reading

Messina: We Got Beat by Mean Rich People

The Obama Campaign today admitted that the Mitt Romney outraised President Obama by some $17 million last month. In an email to supporters with the subject line “We got beat,” Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina acknowledged the obvious and asked for more money. And of course, he showed all the usual graciousness of the Obama crowd.… Continue Reading

Obama Campaign Chief Sneers at GOP Voters

Obama 2012 Campaign Manager Jim Messina derided at millions of Republican voters Wednesday, using the condescending phase “far-right Tea Party types” to describe those who back the mainstream conservative movement. That the chief of Obama’s reelection effort, also a former close White House adviser to the president, holds contempt for millions of U.S. citizens is… Continue Reading

Obama Ditches Mao Suit, Dons Epaulets

In 2008, America elected Comrade Obama. He promised to spread the wealth around, to raise taxes on the Kulaks, to usher in hope and change and to improve the condition of the common man. He’d create universal health care and save the environment. Forget all that. The economy is not doing well. The environment for… Continue Reading

White House Admits Messina Called Romanoff

The White House acknowledged this morning that political guru and Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina called Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff to see if he was interested in a job with administration instead of running in the Democratic primary against Sen. Michael Bennet. In a a statement, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says Messina… Continue Reading

We Can Make Your Life Very Comfortable

The Denver Post reports that White House Deputy Chief of Staff and political guru Jim Messina tried to effectively bribe Andrew Romanoff into not challenging Colo. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in a primary contest by offering Romanoff a job in the administration. White House denies “offering” a job, which is meaningless, since well, that all… Continue Reading