Neither am I. This stuff is getting really annoying. Here we have a guy who spent astronomical sums of money to purchase the Oval Office four years ago and received probably a thousand times that in free publicity from a pathetically fawning media. To this day the media love affair continues unabated, with rare exception. He’s got the bully pulpit, a fitting term for this practitioner of ugly class warfare. Just this past week he and his media surrogates have been hyperventilating over Bain Capital and Mitt Romney’s tax returns. There isn’t even a need to run ads against Romney when you have some media outlets engaging in a 24/7 gangbang on Romney; the same folks who’ve mostly ignored the many Obama scandals, ranging from Fast & Furious to the myriad green scandals.
So enough. I’m sick to death about hearing how the poor guy just can’t raise enough money. One, because it’s patently false, and second, since when is it ordained that only he can be the one to spend more?
Obama and his allied DNC committees raised $71 million in June, short of Romney’s and Republicans’ $106 million. Romney’s June haul was just the second time in history that an American campaign and its partner committees passed the $100 million mark, and signals the 2012 GOP presidential fundraising could break Obama’s 2008 record of $745 million. The reports also mark a second consecutive month Obama trailed his rival.
“We had our best fundraising month yet, and we still fell about $35 million short,” campaign chief operating officer Ann Marie Habershaw told supporters in an email that asked for as little as $3 to help.
That’s not to say Obama is broke or even certain to be outspent. And if he is, it’s unlikely to become a determining factor in the election. While campaigns need money to pay staff, finance travel and buy television ads, money alone does not win elections when both candidates are financially competitive.
From the days when Obama and Romney formally announced their campaigns, Obama and his affiliated party groups have raised $552.5 million, compared with Romney’s $394.9 million. The nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation broke down the numbers and noted that Romney would need to bring in $39.5 million more than Obama each month to exceed his total.
So the entire point of this story, an AP story where the headline will be see around the world, is bogus. As noted, Romney has been outraised by over $150 million, and it’s impossible to calculate how much the overwhelmingly negative media bashing of him counts toward free campaign advertising for Obama.
So can we put on the big boy pants, AP, and stop the whining? We expect Obama and his toadies to snivel all day, but it’s just fraudulent to have to suffer through these tear-jerking lamentations for a guy swimming in oceans of money.