Out-Singing Adele, Intercepting Tom Brady, Freaking Out Lady Gaga
It was a bad week for Democrats. In many ways. But one of the most interesting was that Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee in general raised a combined $76.8 million in May, going well past the $60 million the Obama campaign reported.
Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt made me laugh this morning when he described the significance this way:
Beating President Obama at fundraising is like out-singing Adele, intercepting Tom Brady, dunking on Dwight Howard, freaking out Lady Gaga, offering a witty comeback to Robert Downey Jr. character or out-narrating Morgan Freeman. This is what he does for a living. Or perhaps, more accurately, this is the part of the job of being president that he's good at ...
Mark Knoller reminds us the president has held 153 fundraisers since declaring as a candidate for re-election April 4, 2011.
Now, I've covered political fundraisers - mostly in the Washington, D.C. area -- where the location, entertainment, food, decorations were first-rate, and I've covered ones where donors are getting stadium food or potato chips for their four-figure or more donations. I presume that if you're bringing Hollywood's A-list, you can't serve the potato chips and wine from a box. So if all of these fancy-schmancy events have high costs . . . maybe the much-touted, much-hyped, very busy Obama campaign fundraising operations are spending too much money to raise money. It would be a perfect irony if overspending, poor return-on-investment, and an inability to focus on the bottom line ended up being the Obama campaign's Achilles Heel.