Opinion: Breaking: Obama sends national e-mail with <em>NO</em> plea for money!
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This is no Friday joke.
Word has just been received at The Ticket that President-elect Barack Obama sent out an actual e-mail today without asking for more money from tired donors. No, really.
The N.Y. Times’ Katharine Seelye recently reported growing donor fatigue among eager and happy Obamaites to whom it has occurred that they’ve already given nearly $1 billion to buy all this change to believe in, even many long weeks after the ex-freshman senator won the White House already.
And when’s it gonna end? ‘I’m way over this thing,’ Obama volunteer Abe Silk complained this week on Huffington Post. ‘You guys really want me to donate $25 to ‘make the inauguration a success’? What on earth does that even mean?’
And then comes an additional $27 million already in the can toward a $40-million-plus anticipated for one inaugural party before even ex-president Bill Clinton asked for just a little bit more earlier this week.
Now comes word, via the Swamp, that Obama actually dispatched an electronic missive earlier today praising as ‘an ideal leader’ Virginia’s Gov. Tim Kaine, Obama’s newly named part-time chair of the Democratic National Committee. ‘Gov. Kaine has seen the power of the 50-state strategy firsthand,’ says the president-elect’s message. ‘And under his leadership, Democrats will continue to organize and compete in every corner of our country’
Then, Obama asks for -- wait for it! -- not money, but questions from grass-roots Democrats that Tim will answer in a video on the DNC’s website. Amazing!
Kaine doesn’t actually take part-time office officially until Jan. 21. So you’ve probably got till that morning before you get a money letter from him. Of course, before then you might get one or two more from outgoing DNC Chairman Howard Dean. Unless you change your e-mail real quick-like.
-- Andrew Malcolm