Strap your Pink Grenades On!
It was the most important story of the day and we hoped to discuss it and give it the attention it deserves. Today thanks to Republican/conservative website HotAir, the time is ripe for such a discussion.
In April of 2010, PUMA P.A.C. discussed the Big Pink strategy for the 2012 elections.
Our strategy, as stated then, is simple, elegant, effective:
“While we don’t think Hillary Clinton will directly challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012, we do think it is the job of sensible Democrats and smart Hillary supporting websites to drive Obama from the 2012 race. It is also the job for American citizens who care about the country.”
In our inaugural article of 2011 we restated the strategy:
“In 2012 things will be a lot better – after November – if we do our jobs right. Let’s get the job done in 2011 and drive Obama out to a life of retirement at the Rezko house. That’s enough Hope and Change for now, isn’t it?”
Those quotes written here are but an echo of our earlier declarations in which we clearly stated that Obama must go and then Hillary Clinton has to make a decision. This is from November 2009 (which itself is an echo of earlier dump Obama articles we wrote starting in November 2008 – see the strategy began that early) and it references an important article by Robert Shrum:
“With all the under-the-bus, “Obama’s War”, Democratic Party falling apart paragraphs, there is only one sentence that contorts Obama’s face and plunges Michelle Obama into a paroxysm of sleeve yanking. There is one sentence which drenches Obama in a Fever Nightmare. The sentence, which when tied to the Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin someday summit, is this one:
Inconceivable as it now seems, the President could also face a challenge for renomination from within a fractured Democratic Party.
Shrumie ends his job-hunting, Obama distancing article by noting:
By the Ides of December, the die will be cast.
While we don’t think Hillary Clinton will directly challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012, we do think it is the job of sensible Democrats and smart Hillary supporting websites to drive Obama from the 2012 race. It is also the job for American citizens who care about the country.
Did we mention that “two-thirds of the public thinks that Secretary of State HIllary Clinton’s qualified for the Oval Office. That’s more than Vice President Joe Biden, who’s currently next in line for the presidency.”? [snip]
Who else but Hillary?
We’ll echo Shrumie echoing us: Alea iacta est .
Which brings us to the well reasoned HotAir article that asks the lovely question “What If Obama Quit?“:
“I’m not talking about resignation, or just refusing to offer any proposals until after the next election. What if Obama simply decided not to run for a second term as President?
The thought occurred to me after reading Peggy Noonan’s piece this week for the Wall Street Journal, which argues that Obama has already quit in a practical sense:
Could or would narcissist Obama quit, as we have been writing for so long?:
“Some will scoff at the notion that Obama and his large ego would walk away from the office, but LBJ was also rumored to think pretty highly of himself. It’s a low-probability outcome, but it isn’t a zero probability outcome. Obama’s ratings have tanked this year along with the economy, and he hasn’t come up with an original thought on economic policy since Porkulus. The leaks of his rumored plan sound a lot like Porkulus II, a sequel to a flop. This gives the impression that Obama has run out of ideas, and as Noonan argues in her piece, his attacks on Republicans for their supposed refusal to pass a plan he has yet to even submit to them sounds like a man who realizes that he’s out of ideas, too.
But the decision may end up being out of his hands if the political environment doesn’t improve. Obama’s numbers are plummeting in places Democrats can hardly afford to lose. In Pennsylvania, where Obama will top a ticket that also includes Bob Casey’s bid for a second Senate term, he’s either at 43% approval (Quinnipiac) or at 35% (Muhlenberg). Wisconsin turned Republican last year and a series of elections this year confirmed it, and Herb Kohl’s seat in the Senate is up for grabs. Obama can be expected to drag down the ticket in Virginia (James Webb’s seat is open), Florida (Bill Nelson), Ohio (Sherrod Brown), Maryland (Ben Cardin), and Michigan (Debbie Stabenow). Obama is underwater in New York and New Jersey already, two normally staunch Democratic states, both with Senate races on the line as well. If Obama runs at the top of those tickets, he might eke out victories in the two states, but his presence on the ticket will depress Democratic turnout and might endanger Kirsten Gillibrand and Robert Menendez; Democrats would almost certainly have to spend a ton of money to bolster them that they’d normally spend elsewhere.
Democrats will be looking at a massacre in the Senate, and that’s not even including already-endangered seats in Nebraska, Missouri, Montana, and New Mexico, which just elected its first Republican woman governor last year. Democrats could wind up losing enough seats to give Republicans a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate if Obama chases away the white working-class vote that he’s been alienating for the past two years on ObamaCare and now his disastrous economic performance. If unemployment starts rising and growth remains low in the next few months, Democrats may insist on Obama finding a graceful exit before the primaries.”
HotAir’s Ed Morrissey sensibly answers his own question as we have: Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton:
“And guess who that leaves with an open path to the Democratic nomination? Hillary Clinton. She can step into the void with promises to return America to the economic policies of her husband. The Left may not have much love for Hillary any longer, but she was winning the very working-class Democrats in the 2008 primaries that Obama is losing to the Republicans now. States like Pennsylvania and Michigan would snap back into place for Democrats, and perhaps Wisconsin as well. Having Obama off the top of the ticket would take some of the downward pressure off of some other Senate races, and Hillary would likely be a plus in most.
If Hillary took Obama’s place in 2012, Republicans would face a much tougher electoral map. They would still have the advantage of running against Obama’s record, but the GOP may not capture that disaffected Democratic working-class vote if Hillary also ran against Obamanomics and promised a return to Clintonian prosperity. The eventual Republican nominee would have at least a tougher task in winning those votes and the White House. And even if Hillary lost in a general election — Democrats lost the White House in 1952 and 1968, coincidentally both times with Richard Nixon on the Republican tickets — the Democrats might save a few Senate seats with an improved turnout in key states.”
In our most recent update to the “drive Obama out” strategy we mused on how the treacherous boob narcissist will have to be forced out:
“What will it take to rid ourselves of this corrupt flim-flam man? Will his sleeveless wife, faithful as Chewbacca to her worthless Solo, be the one that has to tell him “Barack, remember, even I think you are “stinky”. Now the country’s nostrils have had a full whiff of you and they want you gone.”
In fact we doubt Michelle is as faithful as Chewbacca although she does share many other primary fashion characteristics as Hans Solo’s hairy friend. There’s always been a lot of stress in that marriage as garbage scow Maureen Dowd intimates today and we have discussed previously. No, Chewbacca, er, Michelle will not be the vehicle to drive narcissist Obama out.
Which now brings us finally to the point of this article and that important story we referenced in our second paragraph. Here is the important news story:
“Senate Democrats are increasingly concerned that President Barack Obama’s campaign money machine is sucking up so much cash that it will cut into the party’s aggressive campaign to hold on to the Senate next year, several Democratic sources say.
Democratic senators have already pressed Obama campaign officials — including campaign manager Jim Messina — not to lock up the richest Democratic donors, but the presidential campaign declined to make such a promise.[snip]
Messina would not agree to the request not to max out big donors, and no decision was made on the amount of financial backing that Senate Democrats will get from the DNC and the Obama-Biden campaign.”
Not to get to far into the weeds of campaign finance, nor to make too many Godfather references, but the way campaigns are usually financed is not the way 2012 is working out. Ordinarily in a presidential election cycle the president’s re-elect committee draws water from the (donor) well and makes room for the Senate and House campaign committees to wet their beaks.
But the beaks are not going to get wet because the Obama campaign is grabbing all the cash from the donor well. Why is this? The answer is very important to the question of driving Obama out.
Before answering “Why is this?” let’s read more from that very important article (and kudos to Politico which we usually criticize for publishing it):
“We have a huge number of incumbents who are up this cycle and a lot of them have taken tough votes to enact significant portions of this president’s agenda, and I think that there is a sense that there should be an all-hands-on-deck approach to keep the Senate in Democratic hands,” said one Democratic official familiar with the meeting. [snip]
As the 2012 campaign gets started in earnest, there is increased competition for donors across the board as Democrats in the House and Senate scramble to raise money while the Obama-Biden team is vacuuming up money from wealthy Democrats who may soon max out their contributions.
Adding more competition in the race for cash, Democratic operatives have formed a number of new third-party groups, known as super PACs, each of which have sometimes competing goals of electing more House Democrats, Senate Democrats or Obama himself. These operatives are often competing for the same list of wealthy donors.
All this comes at a time of growing concern among Democrats that Obama’s decreasing popularity may limit the amount donors are willing to give to Democratic campaigns.“
The lede in the article is buried but our shovel ready project is on the job and here is the big point:
“One major point of contention among Democratic fundraisers centers on the “Presidential Partners” program. Under that program, donors who pledge $75,800 to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee operated by the DNC and Obama for America, can attend private briefings, sometimes with Obama himself. As part of this effort, donors give $5,000 to Obama’s reelection campaign, along with $61,600 to the DNC and $9,200 to a new fundraising entity that will spend money on down-ballot races in the states.
“That has ruffled some feathers,” said a senior Democratic officials, referring to the push for big donors.
Democratic senators are deeply concerned that continuing with this program will max out top Democratic donors for the rest of the 2012 election cycle — and they privately want the Obama team to abandon the initiative altogether. At the very least, the Democratic senators want donors to give the $9,200 to the DSCC, rather than the new statewide entity, the sources say.
Obama’s reelection campaign and the DNC raised more than $86 million by June 30, with a large chunk of that coming from donors giving the maximum contribution. Obama may raise upwards of $1 billion for his reelection, smashing all existing fundraising records, though administration officials insist that’s not their goal. Much of the money in the last quarter came from 619 deep-pocketed donors who maxed out their donations and contributed a total of $22.1 million. There were more than 550,000 small-dollar donors who shelled out less than $70 each on average.”
We’ll explain (promise) all this shortly and tie it all up, but just a little bit more from the article:
“At the same time, Senate Democrats have to defend 23 seats in 2012, versus only 10 for Senate Republicans, with some of these fights taking place in high-dollar TV markets like Connecticut, Florida and New Jersey.
While they complain about the cash drain from the presidential campaign, some Senate Democrats may see an upside — many of Obama’s key swing states overlap with the most vulnerable Senate Democratic seats, including Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Virginia and New Mexico, so plenty of money will flow to those states.
But there are other states where Obama’s campaign may not spend much money yet feature tough Senate races, like in Missouri and Montana, putting incumbents like Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in a tough spot.”
As promised this is what it all means: Barack Obama and his thugs know Obama is in trouble for reelection. Obama and his thugs also know that Barack Obama is Poison and many incumbents want to run as far away from him as possible during their elections. Barack Obama and his thugs know that in order to prevent incumbents running away from him or calling for him to quit or asking “Hillary, come save us from the Treacherous Boob” steps must be taken.
The steps they have taken is to hoard all the donor cash and demand fealty from those running for office or else – NO CASH.
We saw the results of the Obama ‘starve them of cash unless they do our bidding’ thuggery in Ohio in 2010. Ted Strickland, a former congressman from a white working class heavy district in southeastern Ohio was elected governor in the earlier gubernatorial election cycle precisely because he was not from the northeastern liberal areas of Ohio.
But in 2010
12, in order to get Obama Dimocrat OAF dollars Strickland was forced to tie himself to Obama with disastrous effect. Every piece of literature for Strickland was emblazoned with the hated Obama logo. Appearances with Obama in heavily black Cleveland did not help with Strickland’s former congressional constituents in Zanesville.
In order for Strickland and every other Dimocrat to get money from national Obama Dimocrats and committees, they had to swear allegiance to Obama and campaign with him and his hated logo. It was a disaster and every statewide Obama Dimocrat was kicked out on his/her sorry Obama ass.
So where does this leave us?
Barack Obama and his thugs will do everything in their power to keep incumbents from breaking down the door and fleeing in fright. But, as Maxine Waters demonstrates, the barn doors are getting kicked already.
We’ve surmised that in September Hillary will face a moment of decision. But to borrow from Robert Shrum who wrote back in 2009 about December 2009, Barack Obama’s moment of decision will come in December.
It is then, that incumbents, Obama sycophants, certain sleeveless ones and others will be forced to go to the narcissist in chief and tell him: GET OUT!
Barack Obama must get out and be forced out. As Hillary’s Libya policy (as we wrote) bears fruit today and tomorrow (read the excellent “before Obama takes credit” Hillary coverage at The Confluence and Uppity’s site as well) all Americans must remember who went to Rio and Martha’s Vineyard and who has been leading at great cost to herself (again read Josh Hersh via the Confluence).
Quaddafi’s days or hours are numbered and the rumors are he has fled Libya for Algeria. Tripoli will soon be a Quaddafi free zone.
Obama’s days are numbered too. Washington, D.C. will soon be an Obama free zone. We have to keep to the strategy and make it happen.