- - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It has become the disappearing presidency.

He went from peddling the “audacity of hope” to sheer hopelessness. From promising change to — literally — begging for change. Any spare change.

One of the latest depressing pitches came from Ann Marie Habershaw inside President Obama’s campaign.


“Hi,” it begins, as if we are friends. Which is really kind of creepy. And sad. We certainly are not.

“Yep, me again,” she goes on, trying to make light of the fact that she has clearly become a pest.

“Surprise: I’m here to ask you for money.” Really, that is what she actually wrote. Beyond depressing. Sad, pathetic, and she knows it. And she even knows that she better beat people to the punch by going ahead and broadcasting what a broke and pathetic stalker she sounds like.

Goes on to explain that July 31 would be the next big fundraising deadline.

“To be frank, we’ve gotten our behinds handed to us,” she says of the past two deadlines. She asks for $3.

It might be “crass,” she pretends to worry, but says the campaign is desperate for money — “a whole lot of it.”

These degrading pleas for money have come from campaign hacks, Joe Biden, Hollywood actresses. Even from his wife, begging people to donate money for Mr. Obama’s birthday.

Even Mr. Obama has made some of these sad entreaties, going so far as to announce yesterday that he himself was donating to his own campaign — a symbolic gesture, he explained, of just how much he expects all of us to pony up for his re-election.

That must have been one tough call from such a towering ego as Barack Obama.

It is all so sad because this money-grubbing and vote-pandering has forced Mr. Obama to undo one of the sterling accomplishment of his 2008 campaign.

For decades, Democrats could win elections by cobbling together disparate special interests and factions such as unions and black voters. In 2008, Mr. Obama reached beyond those petty borders and found support across a broader spectrum than any Democrat in recent times.

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