Obama's crocodile tears over the "perpetual campaign"
It's been pointed out that Obama's reference to Washington being captured by politicians being in perpetual campaign mode was snort worthy due to his own penchant for "government by campaign event" that has marked his first year in office.
It turns out that almost before the TV lights went out in the House chamber following his SOTU address, the administration sent out a fund raising appeal to the millions of supporters in the president's personal political army, Organizing for America.
The New York Post:
'What frustrates the American people," President Obama declared Wednesday, "is a Washington where every day is Election Day," adding, "We can't wage a perpetual campaign."
It was a welcome call to end the partisanship that has gripped the political process -- but a prescription rendered utterly meaningless when, just minutes after finishing the speech, Obama's permanent-campaign organization dispatched a mass e-mail soliciting, yes, campaign funds.
"I just finished delivering my State of the Union address," was the personal presidential message distributed by Organizing for America. "I set out an urgent plan for restoring economic security for struggling middle-class families."
What were the president and his perpetual-campaign team asking? "Help fuel our fight for the middle class with a monthly donation of $15 or more."
About what you'd expect in a Washington where every day is Election Day.
Barack Obama raised close to three quarters of a billion dollars for his election campaign in 2008. I guess it's never too early to get a head start on 2012 and the prospect that Obama will raise and spend even more for his own "perpetual campaign."
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky