In recent weeks, I have published several fundraising emails I have received from Barack Obama or his surrogates. They are notable, I think, for their desperate tone. Which is good: a campaign that thought it was doing well would not address its supporters in such humiliating fashion. Here is today’s plea from my good friend Barack. I am reproducing it in its entirety, with comments interspersed, as you really have to read the whole thing to get the full flavor of desperation:
When I’m out there talking to voters, we talk about what we’ve done, what we plan to do over the next four years, and why the other guys have dangerous plans to go back to the policies that failed America for almost a decade.
This takes a certain amount of nerve. The Bush years look like a golden age compared to the fiasco of the Obama administration.
But there is another question that keeps coming up, and you need to know about it: “Why do I see so many more ads for the other guys?”
You don’t need me to tell you that the Romney campaign is outraising us — that billionaire ideologues and corporate interests are piling on tens of millions more in negative ads trashing us, and that all of it means that undecided voters in battleground states like Iowa could be seeing false, misleading, negative attacks at a rate almost twice as often as they hear from us.
Last week, when I was in Iowa, voters told me they were feeling it. The numbers back it up: Our side is getting outspent 2-to-1 on the air there.
Poor widdle Barry! Four years ago, when he broke his promise to accept public funding of his campaign and became, as I have termed him, the greatest money machine in the history of politics, and outspent John McCain four or five to one through the heart of the campaign, you didn’t hear any whining about being “outraised,” or about “billionaire ideologues and corporate interests.” Before they found out through bitter experience that he is a lousy president, the corporate interests were on Obama’s side. Many of them still are.