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Frantic Dems seek more money
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I've been getting a lot of email from Democratic fundraisers lately. They seem very worried about November's elections.
First came the highly publicized "Impeachment Red Alert" campaign, in which the Democratic congressional committee warned Republicans will impeach President Obama if they win control of the House and Senate. Though much ridiculed, the "Impeachment Red Alert" effort was a big winner, pulling in $2.1 million in a single weekend.
Despite that success, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's mood seemed to blacken in subsequent days as she asked for more and more money. The subject line of Pelosi's next appeal was "Kiss all hope goodbye." Her message was that all will be lost for the remainder of Obama's term if Republican House Speaker John Boehner remains in power.
Vice President Joe Biden got in the game with a few emails, although he didn't grovel like Pelosi. Finally, Obama himself began emailing. With everything the president of the United States has on his plate right now, you'd think he'd have more pressing things to do.
The president's role is to apply a little discipline to uncooperative prospective donors like me. "Nancy Pelosi has emailed you," Obama wrote. "Joe Biden has emailed you. And now I've emailed you. We wouldn't all be asking if it wasn't so important." The message was clear: Give us some money.
Hoping to get a better look at the Democrats' small-donor technique, I finally clicked the $5 contribution box on President Obama's email.You'd think that would have made them happy. But no -- they immediately wanted more.
First they tried to get me to increase my contribution. I declined. Then they asked that I make my contribution an automatic monthly donation. I declined. And then, when it looked like $5 was all they would get, they asked for a "tip" for the pro-Democratic fundraising group ActBlue.
One might think, given the begging involved, that just a little expression of thanks would have been in order. Instead, I received a message saying my contribution had been "flagged ... as requiring additional oversight." An ActBlue staffer would review it to "ensure that it is accurate and meets our high safety standards." That seemed odd, given reports of low safety standards and alleged fraud in the Obama campaign's handling of small donors in 2008 and 2012.
At the very least, I thought my $5 would buy a tiny respite from the crush of email. It did not. About an hour later came a note from Pelosi with the subject line "Must Read (DON'T DELETE)."
"President Obama wouldn't have emailed you earlier if we didn't need your help," Pelosi wrote, apparently trying to suggest that Daddy would be angry with me if I didn't give more.
Can this continue until November? Yes, it can. But if Democrats already sound this frantic, it's going to be a very long fall.
Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.