By Dave Andrusko
Taking the first steps in launching a bid for a second term, pro-abortion President Barack Obama this morning posted a glowing testimonial from voters on his website followed by an email to supporters in what is expected to be the first $1 billion campaign.
In the new video– “It Begins With Us”— you do not hear Obama’s voice or see any new video. It is essentially two-minutes worth of supporters backfilling what will be a major theme (as it would be for any President seeking re-election): finishing the job.
Part of the rationale for the follow-up email is to explain why Obama is gearing up for an election that does not take place for 19—count ‘em—19 months.
“We’re doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you — with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends,” Obama writes.
“And that kind of campaign takes time to build.”
Coverage today were riffs primarily on four themes: The incredible amount of money Obama is expected to raise—at least $1 billion, if not considerable more (bolstered by an expected “outside group, now in the planning stages, headed by former White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney,” advisers told the Washington Post); the “head start” Obama gets because former pro-life Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty is the only Republican candidate so far to file the papers for a presidential exploratory committee; Obama’s reliance on big, BIG donors; but also that “the polls show him in the 42-to-48 percent approval range, basically where he’s been for most of his time in the White House.”
That is the yin and the yang, at this stage. At the very most, President Obama is moderately popular outside the African-American community, but he has access to virtually limitless amounts of money. What does that tell us?
At the top of the lessons is one of the most enduring: this is an obvious attempt to use the size of his campaign war chest to discourage, detour, or intimidate potential Republican presidential challenges from running against him. In truth, money is one of the few (more or less) tangibles that reporters can peg a story to at this stage. Obama’s money will not deter prolife Republicans—and virtually all the major potential candidates are pro-life—from running.
And we must remind ourselves that money has limited buoyancy, so to speak. If Obama’s approval ratings continue to sink (and they have been dipping closer to 40% in the last few weeks), all the money in the world won’t keep him from drowning politically.
In the interim, as the Republican Party sorts its way through to its eventual pro-life alternative, we must continue to keep educating ourselves, our friends, family, and neighbors to the simple truth that Obama is the pro-abortion equivalent to the pro-life presidency of George W. Bush. And that his signature pro-abortion/pro-rationing assault, ObamaCare, must be repealed and replaced.