AFP reports that President Obama’s massive campaign apparatus – for which raising money has been his primary activity over the past year – did not sit idle during the Iowa caucuses:
US President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign early Wednesday sought to portray the nation’s first Republican nomination battle as a victory for “extremist” candidates.
The Iowa caucuses — which saw former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney barely edge out former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum by eight votes — launched the battle to deny Obama his hoped-for second term.
In keeping with its previous line of attack, the Obama campaign’s manager Jim Messina said in a statement that the “extremist Tea Party agenda won a clear victory” shortly after the results were announced early Wednesday.
“No matter who the Republicans nominate, we’ll be running against someone who has embraced that agenda in order to win — vowing to let Wall Street write its own rules, end Medicare as we know it, roll back gay rights, leave the troops in Iraq indefinitely, restrict a woman’s right to choose, and gut Social Security to pay for more tax cuts for millionaires and corporations.”
Of course, a true extremist like Barack Obama wouldn’t bother to learn the first thing about his opponents, but the Tea Party candidates were Perry and Bachmann, and they didn’t do so well last night. To Team Obama, “Tea Party” is simply a synonym for “bad.” Unlike the “Occupy Wall Street” crime wave Obama wholeheartedly supports.
Is it hilarious to hear President Solyndra – the chosen candidate of Wall Street, who took more money from them than any other candidate, and was closely allied with walking financial disaster Jon Corzine – whine pitifully about how those rascally Republicans will let “Wall Street write its own rules?” Not as funny as hearing the guy who raided Social Security to buy middle-class votes with a puny “tax cut,” which he proceeded to use shamelessly as a political football, complain about other people “gutting Social Security.”
But even that’s not as funny as Barack Obama, who lied through his teeth about his love for limiting campaign fundraising to accept federal matching funds, and ended up swimming in mystery money after his website’s donation verification system was disabled, bleat out this warning:
Messina also warned of “unprecedented” spending by outside groups on campaign ads and urged the president’s supporters to step up donations and on-the-ground organizing ahead of the November vote.
“Watching the circus on TV, it’s tempting to think it’s almost funny — but this is not a joke. We’ve got to be ready,” Messina said.
Thus does failure clear its throat, and attempt to sustain itself by shrieking that the alternatives are unthinkable.