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Has Barack Obama finally paid a price for having burned his base?

Two headlines on Yahoo! News today make an interesting juxtaposition: “Frustrated Liberals Want More From Obama”* and “Romney and GOP Raise More Than Obama and Democrats.”

Gee, could there be a connection?

Team Romney, y0u see, reports that it raked in more than $76 million last month, while Team Obama reports that its take for the month was “only” $60 million.

This being fairly prominent in the news today prompted a rather pathetic fundraising e-mail from the Obama campaign with the subject line of “We got beat.”

The e-mail reads, in part:

For the first time in this campaign, we got beat in fundraising.

The Romney campaign and the Republican Party raised more than $76 million last month, compared to our $60 million.

We knew this moment would come when Romney secured the nomination.

What happens next is up to you.

Help close the gap right now — make a donation of $23 or more.

I want to be clear: We’ll always have more people pitching in.

We know that only 15 percent of Romney’s May totals came from people giving less than $250, compared to 98 percent in that category for us.

We don’t have the special-interest and high-dollar donor advantage that Romney has. Barack Obama has you, and we are bound and determined to fight back on behalf of a country where everyone gets a fair shot and a fair shake. …

Um, Barack Obama did have us, back when he promised us “hope” and “change” — and when we believed him.

But after we put him where he is, Obama and his henchpeople called us “sanctimonious” members of “the professional left” — and Obama seemed more interested in trying to sing “Kumbaya” with the Repugnican Tea Party traitors in D.C. than in delivering upon his promises to his base — you know, the people who actually give you money, talk you up to those they know, and vote for you.

You piss and shit upon your base, and maybe, just maybe, your base will stop giving you money.

Speaking of which, it’s interesting that Team Obama pretty much is saying that the candidate who can raise the most money is the winner. We pretty much already knew that that is the mindset of the partisan duopoly that is the Coke Party and the Pepsi Party (Can’t tell the difference between the two corporate products? Neither can I), but to see it couched so fairly transparently in a campaign e-mail, even in a fundraising e-mail, is interesting.

What Team Obama might not get is that its base is sick and fucking tired of being regarded as an ATM, that its base wants something in return for the moolah that Team Obama and the Democratic Party expects it to fork over.

I have no doubt that Team Romney is funded by millionaires and billionaires to a greater extent than is Team Obama, but that’s no excuse for the fact that Barack Obama has failed to deliver upon his 2008 campaign promises, very apparently believing that he can fuck over his base because we progressives have nowhere else to go.

We do.

In California’s presidential primary earlier this week I cast my vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, to whom I have given some money.

I have given and will given Barack Obama not a dime toward his re-election, and nor will I waste my vote on him again.

I, for one, refuse to continue to support the lesser of two evils. I’m fucking sick and tired of evil.

The Democratic Party and Democrats in name only like Barack Obama won’t change their game until and unless we, their base, force them to.

If that means President Mittens, then so be it.

I have little doubt that had Barack Obama actually been the president that he promised us he would be, he would have no problem matching the Repugnican Tea Party traitors in their fundraising.

When you please your base, your base is apt to reward you with more money.

The Repugnican Tea Party traitors certainly know this, which is why millionaires and billionaires give to Repugnican Tea Party candidates, such as how Repugnican Tea Party Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker outspent his Democratic opponent Tom Barrett 7-1 or 8-1, depending upon whom you read, in this week’s gubernatorial recall election. (Most of the millions that were given to Walker were from out-of-state millionaires and billionaires. That’s how the Repugnican Tea Party traitors roll, you see: they have their wingnutty sugar daddies.)

Certainly, in politics money matters these days. You have to spend millions of dollars in propaganda to induce the chickens to vote for Colonel Sanders, as just happened in Wisconsin.

Clearly, we need to get big money out of politics.

Until that day comes, the Democrats can increase their take by acting more like Democrats and less like Repugnican Lites, and by actually delivering results to their base instead of delivering only more rhetoric about how they’re on our side, yet we see that nothing fucking changes, but only gets worse, regardless of which party of the partisan duopoly runs the show.

*This Associated Press piece begins, “They are trying to be hopeful, but the Democratic Party’s most passionate voters are struggling to hide their frustration with President Barack Obama.”

Really? It’s no struggle for me. Not being a Democratic Party hack or an Obamabot, it’s quite easy for me to point out how Barack Obama gained the support of us progressives, including our money and our votes, by having made specific promises that he went on to break systematically, one after the other.

Speaking of which, Tom Tomorrow’s last two ’toons are pretty good (click on panels for larger version):

Tom Tomorrow cartoon about drones

Tom Tomorrow cartoon about Obama's Kill List as reported in The New York times

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