Axelrod: ‘Amazing We’re Not Getting Blown Away’
David Axelrod’s anxiety over Barak Obama’s reelection chances is now on full display. In the latest personal e-mail from the Obama campaign, Axelrod starts to act paranoid:
You know what's kind of amazing?
That we're not getting blown away in the face of unprecedented, unlimited spending from super PACs, Mitt Romney, and all the other shadowy groups trashing Barack Obama nonstop.
Shadowy groups? Is he hallucinating? Perhaps his boss has reinstituted the Choom Gang and Axelrod has been puffing away – the donors to Romney’s campaign and pro-Romney Super PACs has received consistent and brutal scrutiny.
It’s worth noting the violent language here. For a campaign that whines about incivility on a regular basis to use the phrase “blown away” is inconsistent, to say the least.
In June, nearly 80 percent of the money Romney and the Republicans raised came from just 6 percent of the donations they received -- and that's before we count the super PACs. The other side relies on fewer people giving more, and with this year's new rules, it's a lot more.
Even with all that, we're still in a position of strength heading into the final three months of this race, thanks to grassroots supporters like you. When I talk to a reporter or go on TV, I'm damn proud to tell people that.
Obama is still in a position of strength? Oh, like NBC’s polls, which skew the results? Note also the desperation in tone once again – the cursing has become a hallmark of Obama’s campaign emails. Axelrod continues:
The story we're telling is simple: We are a force to be reckoned with, one small donation at a time.
We're facing our next big fundraising deadline this Tuesday.
Another deadline? Just how many times can you cry wolf?
When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, our campaign changed the way people get involved in elections.
Undoubtedly true. Just ask Hillary about the Iowa caucuses of 2008.
He fundamentally believes that asking everyone to chip in whatever they can, and asking people to get personally involved -- to go and talk with their neighbors and friends about why they're a part of it -- is the right way to do this.
Again, Axelrod has a point. Obama is asking everyone to chip in … and chip in … and chip in. Of course, there’s not much left at this point.
Today, in the age of super PACs and outside groups that can spend millions in anonymous money on misleading attack ads, proving the viability of that kind of politics is even more important.
Misleading attack ads? Like the one from your campaign that accused Mitt Romney of being unpatriotic for once working at Bain? Or the one that accused Romney of lying about Obama’s words – and which showed Obama actually saying the words?
I love talking about the way we've built this campaign. Just take a look at last month: more than 700,000 donors in June -- nearly 200,000 of whom had never donated before -- giving an average of over $50 each.
Now here’s a conundrum; if the Obama campaign has had thousands of supporters giving the requested minimum of $3, just what are the other supporters giving to raise that average to $50?
What we have in the bank at midnight on Tuesday will tell us how big we can go in these critical, final three months. As of tomorrow, there are 100 days left to make it happen.
If we keep up the momentum, I know we can make history again.
You just keep on doing what you do:
Thank you for being part of this,
When Axelrod asks his supporters to “keep on doing what you do” (translated as keep coming up with more dough), he’s asking them to continue doing the same thing over and over again while saying to themselves “this must surely be the last time the Obama campaign will ask us for money.” If Obama’s supporters that, they need help.