Politico Freaks Out Over RNC Fundraising Material

This story is so inane that it literally kills my brain cells to even type about it, kills brain cells DEAD without the benefit of liquor. I don’t think it can be disputed how much I’ve enjoyed thumping the GOP – especially when they deserved it, but I like to pick my battles when they’re actually battles.

From Politico:

The Republican National Committee plans to raise money this election cycle through an aggressive campaign capitalizing on “fear” of President Barack Obama and a promise to “save the country from trending toward socialism.”

Oh dang Gina, HOLD UP. You mean that the RNC is going to actually point out that things could get really, really, royally fudged up if the government keeps nationalizing the private sector and adding to our already-tripled deficit? GET OUT, no way! How is this different from what any smart party on the face of the earth would do? It’s a competition, good grief, do people not understand competition anymore? Has this nation become so emasculated that in addition to giving all kids a trophy simply for participating we’re expected to talk up our opponents, too, even if we have to lie to do so? Continuing …

The strategy was detailed in a confidential party fundraising presentation, obtained by POLITICO, which also outlines how “ego-driven” wealthy donors can be tapped with offers of access and “tchochkes.”

NO! You show me a person who doesn’t like a free t-shirt or pen and I’ll show you a person who hates America. “Ego-driven?” Anyone who has enough change to drop five figures and be considered a major donor has to have a healthy ego to have made the amount of capital to do so. How is this a bad thing? Right, pride in success, success bad, got it.

One page, headed “The Evil Empire,” pictures Obama as the Joker from Batman, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid are depicted as Cruella DeVille and Scooby Doo, respectively.

Bushhitler anyone? I forgot: it’s bad to have balls in this country and call nationalizing chunks of America what it truly is: evil. Here’s a thought: if you don’t want to be called a socialist, maybe don’t take over huge portions of the private sector and implement a copious amount of government-run programs as was done on another part of the globe in the 1930s. Yawn.

The RNC reacted with alarm to a question about it Wednesday, emailing major donors to warn them of a reporter’s question, and distancing Steele from its contents.

“The document was used for a fundraising presentation Chairman Steele did not attend, nor had he seen the document,” RNC Communications Director Doug Heye said in an email. “Fundraising documents are often controversial.

“Obviously, the Chairman disagrees with the language and finds the use of such imagery to be unacceptable. It will not be used by the Republican National Committee – in any capacity – in the future,” Heye said.

Watching the RNC freak out over this reminds me of those after school movies when a bully picks on a nerd and the nerd apologizes to the bully for being such an attractive target. It’s also recognizable as the Democrats’ foreign policy, but I digress. This is what you SHOULD have said, Doug Heye. Watch:

SENSATIONALIZING REPORTER: Oh Mr. Heye! What is the RNC’s response to all of this?

DOUG HEYE: Are you ready to take down my response?


DOUG HEYE: Ok. Because here it is: So. What.

SENSATIONALIZING REPORTER: What? What’s you’re response?

DOUG HEYE: I told you what it was. You wrote it down like a good reporter.


DOUG HEYE: Exactamundo! Now go get your Nobel Peace prize, your Pulitizer, or whatever it is they’re giving to people who do nothing or who focus on writing about crap when Chavez is being implicated in an assassination plot and we’ve got fauxcare rotting in the wings.

Instead, they cover their man bits, cower and look in all directions, attempting to catch the direction from where the next blow will come.

It would be nice if the very people out there asking for money could recognize the absurdity of apologizing for this. It would also be nice to have a pony, too, but I realize, in the infamous words of Mick Jagger, that we can’t always get what we want.

I spoke to a reporter about this issue today; I honestly think that the GOP’s opposition is desperate to find some crack in the facade to exploit, some division they can create or amplify. It’s a good tactic and either party is stupid to not employ it themselves, but only one party is goofy enough to apologize for falling victim to hay over nothing.