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Obama Doesn’t Show in WI, But Asks For Money Post-Walker Win

I was thinking about what it meant that President Obama didn’t get involved in the Wisconsin Governor recall election today.  Obama reinforced the conclusion I came to: Obama cares about Obama in 2012.  Period.  No other candidate or issue is really on his radar screen: his reelection is all that matters.

All one need look at is this from an email sent by the Obama campaign this afternoon:

Republican Governor Scott Walker and his allies outspent the Democratic challenger nearly EIGHT to ONE — and one of the most unpopular governors in the country managed to hold on.


Please donate $15 or more to support President Obama and make sure people, not special interests, decide this election.

Obama didn’t stump for Walker’s Democratic challenger in the past month – in much the same way that Obama let 2010 slip by without getting engaged in races that would make a difference to his agenda.  As a result, Wisconsin is still led by a deeply unpopular right-winger and the recall election lead-up to the validated the right’s approach to burying opponents in money.

After refusing to stand up to the right in Wisconsin, Obama wants to use the election results to fundraise off of me and millions of other Americans.  That might be considered good politics in the insular world of D.C. politics, but it’s bad politics in my book.  I’ll continue to donate to and work for local candidates, thank you very much Jim Messina.  Obama and other establishment Democrats aren’t truly interested in getting money out of politics.  They’re interested in getting reelected so they stay in power.


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Citigroup Earnings Rise 74% to $3.8 Billion

I think that headline says enough, don’t you?

If not, there’s this (emphasis mine):

Three years after needing a (taxpayer funded) federal bailout (of billions of dollars) to survive, Citigroup reported its seventh-straight quarterly profit, with a 74 percent rise in the third quarter despite dismal results of its investment bank.

Remember, instead of consumer advocates or labor (you know, people who actually voted for him), Team Obama has people from Citi and other super-banks advising him on economics.  Does anybody seriously think that’s accidental?  No, it’s exactly what Obama wants.  Think that through carefully as you hear his campaign ramp up attacks on Romney for being too connected to Wall Street.  Rolling up his sleeves and giving speeches around the country is meant to obscure that hypocrisy.  Tell me again exactly how Romney would be worse if you’ve lost your home and/or job in the past 5 years while Citi got bailed out with your tax money and is now posting record profits.  Tell me how Romney would be worse when real incomes have fallen for the first time since WWII with a “Democratic” President pushing conservative economic policies as hard as his Con predecessor.  Because on too many issues, I’m not seeing enough of a difference.