Barack Obama Backed By One Percent

Last election cycle, Barack Obama declined public financing and campaign spending limits on his way to a record-breaking cash haul. Things aren’t looking as bright for the president this time around. He’s made the prospect of being outraised and outspent a hallmark of his fundraising pitch. The Obama campaign’s astonishingly high burn rate notwithstanding, it continues to bank on the image of a grassroots campaign. So last night it touted its three millionth donor:

That’s about one percent of the population, that portion demonized by an Occupy Wall Street movement on which Democrats tried to capitalize. Meanwhile, some Obama supporters are complaining of a remote president. From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Obama is from the people.  Obama is for the people, at least in that his policies strive to promote the middle class.  As President, however, Obama is definitely not OF the people:  In the world's most public job, he has proven surprisingly private and aloof, governing with an insular inner circle.

According to Open Secrets, Obama is sitting on $87.7 million in cash on hand, having raised $348 million and spent $263 million, along with $2 million in debt. Romney has $30 million in cash on hand and no debt. This advantage did not stop Obama from chiding donors to his opponents for not giving to college scholarships instead.

Obama donors, meanwhile, include the independent reviewer of the White House’s energy loans, who gave more than $50,000 after finishing his work. Though Romney, gets more large donations, he’s also attracting thousands of donors from liberal neighborhoods in places like San Francisco and New York City.

Months of fundraising, spending and campaigning have moved the race little. The most recent RealClearPolitics average of polls has Obama and Romney virtually tied at 46 percent, with a Romney bounce seeming to tighten the race on the way into Charlotte. 

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    The most recent RealClearPolitics average of polls has Obama and Romney virtually tied at 46 percent, with a Romney bounce seeming to tighten the race on the way into Charlotte.

    Dead cat bounce. Once Obama descends from heaven this week, it's all over but the crying.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    "Destroy this country, and I will rebuild it in 4-8 years."

  • NoVAHockey||

    He's spent $263 million and the only line anyone remembers is "you didn't build that"

  • T||

    Somebody at the Romney campiagn should send Lizzie Warren a fruit basket.

  • Randian||

    Her people call that "wampum" or a "peace offering", you heathen.

  • A Serious Man||

    Yeah, I think we've reached Peak Obama, meaning that we've heard him espouse his ideology in every way possible so that nothing he says anymore stands out. Remember how "Win the Future" totally flopped? No wonder they went simpler with "Forward" as this year's slogan.

  • Lord Humungus||

    but wait, he can emote and dance with bells on his ankles while balancing a bottle of beer on his head!

  • T||

    I was rather partial to Win The Future. The jokes wrote themselves. You have to work with Forward.

  • SugarFree||

    You have to work with Forward.

    Not if we are walking toward a cliff.

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    Bend Over.

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    "But tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!"

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  • Mr. Soul||

    Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!

  • NoVAHockey||

    That "forward" slogan just makes me think of the Kang v. Kodos election: "My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball; but tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!"

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    Ha ha.

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    *pointing at NoVAHockey*

  • SugarFree||

    "My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball; but tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!"

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    Look up, NoVa.

  • Kurt||

    "Surprisingly" private and aloof? What the hell?

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    The obscene amounts of money spent to maintain power say all that needs to be said about how much power these scum have. There will be a billion dollars spent, approximately, for control of the White House. Think about that. You could take a billion dollars and go do anything in the world. You could get the Russians to fly you into space for a fraction. But control of the US Presidency is more important.

    A billion dollars. That's the worth of the holding the position of President of the US. Anyone else think that's insane?

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    For fucking real. I've never understood how people can pretend they're anything other than power-hungry assholes who get an insane amount of very particular privileges while in office and afterward.

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    That's the sublime delusion of it all. Everyone (except us) pretends that it's all about "public service". It's insane. It's about power and privilege and being better than everyone else. But the fucking sheep who support them delude themselves into hallucinating that it isn't about that.

    I just don't get it. I really don't. Why would anyone willingly, actively campaign to make someone else better than them? Wouldn't you at the least campaign for yourself?

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    Everyone (except us) pretends that it's all about "public service". It's about power and privilege and being better than everyone else.


    No, silly, it's only about public service when it's OUR guys. When it's THEM, it's all about power. And evil. Don't forget the evil.

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    Dude, even so, how delusional, retarded, and partisan do you have to be to say "I will sacrifice my labor and time to get that guy/girl--yes, they're on my TEAM--into a position of power and privilege. Not me, him/her. I get nothing, they get everything."

    It's retarded. And as we all know, you never go FULL RETARD.

  • T||

    And they never do anything fun with it, either. Seriously, I spend half a billion getting the job, something is getting nuked. What's the point if you can't nuke something? You're the most powerful man in the world! Run with it! Get scientists to make you an army of flying monkeys! Do something interesting!

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    Greg Stillson: Put your hand on the scanning screen, and you'll go down in history with me!

    Five Star General: As what? The world's greatest mass murderers?

    Greg Stillson: You cowardly bastard! You're not the voice of the people, I am the voice of the people! The people speak through me, not you! You put your god damn hand on that scanning screen, or I'll hack it off and put it on for you!

  • Brett L||

    With no offense meant to our resident penguin, I find the antarctic ones to be deviant, perverted, and uncivilizable. Nuking them would be our gift to the world.

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    "Look, nobody enjoys shooting penguins, but if you have to shoot penguins, well, you might as well enjoy it."

  • BakedPenguin||

    "It's just like murdering a little butler."

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    "Oh God, it's inhuman! It's like Hong Kong!"

  • BakedPenguin||

    That's okay; there's a reason why I moved here.

  • T||

    Easy access to MMJ, I thought.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Yes. Medical. Yes, that should work.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    The world spends $10 billion on Lay's potato chips every year. Note that that's just Lay's, not all the other potato chip expenditures. Are you going to decry that too because you could send a person to Mars with that money?

    You're comparing apples and oranges. The benefits of Romney over Obama are shared by a lot of people, not just one person.

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    Tulpa, you're the most boring dipshit ever. Don't waste my time with your crap. Just don't.

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    Whatever, pussy. You just got substantively PWND.

  • Randian||

    Anybody seen CampingInYourPark lately?

    Hmmm...?

  • The Hammer||

    "The benefits of Romney over Obama are shared by a lot of people, not just one person."

    Jesus, Tulpa. At least the people who treat Obama as a messiah have the excuse of groupthink. You're a one-person cult.

  • 0x90||

    "Think about that. You could take a billion dollars and go do anything in the world."

    Start over with makin' pants -- they're all gone.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    From da wiki:

    According to the American Gaming Association, legal gambling revenues for 2007 were as follows:

    Card Rooms - $1.18 billion
    Commercial Casinos - $34.41 billion
    Charitable Games and Bingo - $2.22 billion
    Indian Casinos - $26.02 billion
    Legal Bookmaking - $168.8 million
    Lotteries - $24.78 billion
    Pari-mutuel Wagering - $3.50 billion

    Grand Total - $92.27 billion
  • Randian||

    So what?

  • SugarFree||

    Stimulus! Think all the jobs in registration canvasing, radio and TV advertising and dead-hooker disposal this will create!

  • Bee Tagger||

    I think they lifted those fonts from my old angelfire website.

  • Randian||

    Xanga!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    No exclamation point after amazing? I question how amazing they actually think it is.

  • Randian||

    I like to think it is pronounced "a-MAH-zing"

  • Lord Humungus||

    and now for the obvious comment:

    Ahem.

    You know who else was backed by the one percent?

  • Brett L||

    Lenin?

  • Brett L||

    I mean not "the" 1%, who were obviously White Russians, but "a" 1% of people who weren't royalty and weren't bone ignorant peasants. Fuck me for fucking up the joke.

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    Four out of five dentists?

  • T||

    Andre Marrou?

  • Archduke PantsFan||

    Glenn Frey?

  • Randian||

    Ringo Starr.

  • califernian||

    It's no coincidence they are virtually tied. They are virtually the same in virtually all important aspects.

  • Brett L||

    Heh. OMG poor people!. Reporters flee skeezy Charlotte hotels.

    The Knights Inn was the worst hotel I have ever seen, and I’ve stayed in many bad motels in my life. Two guys were dealing drugs in the room next to me, and a prostitute was working out of the parking lot. And this was in the early afternoon. The room itself was dirty, full of other people’s stuff, etc.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I bet more reporters went to Tampa's world-famous strip clubs than did attendees of the convention.

  • ChrisO||

    The people complaining in that excerpt work for National Review, so I wouldn't call them "reporters," but "editorialists."

    Real reporters would welcome being closer to all their shopping needs.

  • Brett L||

    Like Tucker Carlson? "Real reporters", if they ever existed outside of reporter-turned-fiction-writers' brains, are dead as the human set printing press. They sold a myth that sometime between Hearst's little newspaper selling exercise to Cuba and the mask being ripped off with the rise of the Internet, that they were impartial arbiters, a kind of societal scrying mirror on the news. And they sold it well, but they were, always have been, and always will be party organs.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Obama is for the people, at least in that his policies strive to promote the middle class.

    Oh really?

    http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/.....estats.htm

    In 2007 the Census Bureau reported that more than 14 million people without health insurance earned annual incomes of at least $50,000, with 7.2 million of them making over $75,000.

    In December 2007, the Association of Health Insurance Plans issued a report showing that nationwide annual premiums for private health insurance policies averaged from $2,613 for individuals to $5,799 for families.

    Apparently forcing lower middle-class families to spend an additional 5-10% of their income every year on exponentially increasing healthcare premiums is now "helping" them (go further into insolvency).

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