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Dems Planning $50M Vote Buying Drive

From an approving Washington Post:

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Democrats spend big to lure Obama’s minority and young voters back to the polls

By Karen Tumulty
Sunday, June 20, 2010; A01

As political gambles go, it’s a big and risky one: $50 million to test the proposition that the Democratic Party’s outreach to new voters that helped make Barack Obama president can work in an election where his name is not on the ballot…

The party’s overall budget for reaching new voters is more than twice as big as the $17 million it spent during the tumultuous 2006 midterm, which returned control of both houses of Congress to the Democrats.

Much about its "Vote 2010" effort has that way-back feel of two years ago: legions of canvassers going door-to-door, a stream of inspirational videos, an e-mail list of more than 13 million, and ads on Web sites including Latina.com, BlackPlanet.com, YELP.com and DailyCandy.

On Thursday, the 2008 presidential campaign’s surviving grassroots operation, now Organizing for America, unveiled a spiffy Web site where supporters can get customized information about voting rules and deadlines in their states. It takes but a few keystrokes to fill in a voter registration form that then requires only a signature and a stamp

Hmmm. So Obama and the DNC’s website is allowing people to register to vote without any identification whatsoever? Is that legal?

Some veteran Democratic Party operatives are also skeptical that the $50 million investment will pay off — except, perhaps, in keeping the grassroots operation alive for Obama’s reelection bid two years from now. Some even suggest that the president’s team has put his long-term interests ahead of his party’s immediate struggle for survival.

"I have zero confidence that they’re heading in the right direction here," says one longtime Democratic organizer who didn’t want to be quoted by name criticizing his party’s major midterm election initiative. Added another: "I think they’re going to come in for a very rude awakening. It’s going to be brutal."

If that turns out to be the case, the doubters say, Democrats will wake up the morning of Nov. 3 wishing they had spent that $50 million on more traditional methods, like television ads, for reaching their base and persuading independents.

Rick Farmer, a Democratic activist in Sarasota, Fla., is seeing the challenge firsthand as he knocks on doors in a region where people are dreading the arrival of the effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on their beaches. "I can’t tell you how much anger there is out there," he said. "I have people ready to spit in my face." Some, he said, tell him, "We’ve been hoodwinked — not by Obama, but by government."

Suddenly "the government" isn’t Obama?

In Mobile, Ala., Organizing for America volunteer Darlene Gay-Allen blares the Dells’ "I’m Only a Man" from her boombox as she registers voters and tries to persuade her neighbors not to lose faith. "President Obama is only a man, and he’s doing the best he could," she said

Funny, that’s not what we were told during the campaign.

The party plans to embark on a massive new program this fall to register college students, including many who volunteered for Obama as high school students but were too young to vote.

It is working barbershops and beauty salons in African American communities, and organizing events around the World Cup to reach out to Latinos. Every Wednesday in California, party organizers and volunteers attend naturalization ceremonies

Mind you, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

After all, Mr. Obama’s ‘stimulus’ money, and indeed, most of his other programs, have all been bent towards funding their get out the vote drive.

As, of course, has his push for amnesty for illegal aliens.

The article is right, however, to note that this effort is far more geared to getting Mr. Obama re-elected in 2012 than helping the rank and file Democrats this November.

But that’s just tough luck for them, isn’t it?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Dems Planning $50M Vote Buying Drive”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Would $20 million of that be for the relocation of Hamas refugees to our nation?

  2. proreason says:

    “President Obama is only a man, and he’s doing the best he could”

    and damn good, thank you.

    – auto industry: destroyed
    – health insurance industry: destroyed
    – medical industry: destroyed
    – banking industry: destroyed
    – mortgage loan industry: destroyed
    – construction industry: destroyed
    – student loan industry: destroyed

    and just this month:
    – oil industry: destroyed

    No Marxist in histroy has done so much so quicly.

    The only question left is, what can he do for an encore.

    – country: destroyed

  3. Right of the People says:

    In this particular case I think they’re wasting their money. There is no “sexy” candidate like The Won to get out the vote and frankly your average ute could give two sh*ts about the political process in general and the congressional candidates in particular. After all these slackers would have to actually get out of bed, go to their polling place and vote. Even if they get them mail-in ballots, they’d still have to fill it out and send it back in and that would take a lot of effort on their side.

    On a happier note, Happy Father’s Day everyone. I hope you are enjoying it with family.

    • proreason says:

      You don’t think the money will be spent on individual voters, do you.

      Not when there are far fewer election officials, judges, election cheating experts, lawyers and the media to pay off.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    When living the religion of self so faithfully, the one sphere in which you do become so skilled over the decades is at lying and betrayal. And on the left there’s been no incompetence when it’s come to throwing your friends under the bus to keep yourself alive. Rush tried to warn the Dems, not because he cared about their political future but because he cared about the future of the country. Bad people simply cannot govern the greatest nation in the history of man.

    There’s no momentum on the regime’s side, least of all in my age bracket. For those experiencing their first hardships, biproducts of the uncertainty of this time, most of them haven’t seen a world this real. So they’ve totally disengaged from politics, a lot of them probably in fear because it’s dawning on them that there’s not going to be all these lovely entitlements like free HealthCare and a job at Goldman-Sachs. A lot are probably coming to find that all their parents lessons and rules may have not been the worst thing after all.

    • proreason says:

      It’s good to hear there are at least a few young people who are beginning to realize it doesn’t rain pennies from heaven.

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