Micromanaging Your Candidate

The Huffington Post this morning has a post that attempts to make the case that there are “Big Rewards” awaiting Hillary Clinton should she exit the presidential race immediately.  Among those rewards is this:

One of the most inviting is the near certainty that the Obama campaign would agree to pay back the $11.4 million she has loaned her own bid, along with an estimated $10 million to $15 million in unpaid campaign expenses.

Such a notion has the rabid Obama supporters dripping venom all over the comments:

This article makes me sick. Hillary Clinton has acted like a republican (or worse) for a grueling 10 weeks and now some are suggesting that Obama spend the money “we the people” sent him to bail our her campaign!? I think not!

My first vote was for Lyndon Johnson, because he was going to end the war. I have contributed more to Barak Obama than I have ever given to a candidate. I’m going to hold off giving until I see what the campaign will do with Clinton’s debts.

Why should Obama pay Clinton’s debt? People donate to HIM, not her. That is an outrageous idea. It smacks of a bribe too.

I don’t see anyway how she could get him to pay off her debts without it looking like he’s bribing her to quit the race – and I would not be surprised if there were a sudden halt on the grassroots donations to the Obama campaign if the public knew it was going toward helping a U.S. Senator keep her personal wealth at $109 million rather than $98 million.

Note the trend of these comments.  (There are far, far more, expressing similar sentiments.)  Barack Obama is not even officially the nominee of the party yet, and his followers (a more accurate term than “supporters,” I think) are already threatening to cut off his funds if he doesn’t do what he’s told. 

As the Church Lady used to say, “Well, isn’t that special?”

Obama’s followers trust him enough to elect him as president, someone who would be responsible for the largest economy in the world, and all that that entails . . . but they don’t trust his judgement when it comes to the finances of his own campaign?  Am I the only one who thinks that’s just a bit odd?  The implication I see is that these people think they own Barack Obama.  And he’d better do what they approve of, or else they cut off the funds. 

If I were Senator Obama, I’d be insulted on multiple levels.  (For one thing, for all of the hoopla about Obama supporters being “more educated,” quite a few of those commentors supporting Obama have the written language skills of an amputee baboon.)  But, as Matt said recently, you make your bed, you lie in it. 

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5 thoughts on “Micromanaging Your Candidate

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  2. Your point seems a bit muddled Jamie. You are implying that people are blind “followers” of Obama but then point out that they will drop their “support” if they don’t do what they like.

    I think that this is the nature of political support. I’ll acknowledge a bit of a cult of personality around Obama but I don’t see that his support is so fervent that people won’t look elsewhere if he screws up and the fact that support of his financial decisions is being criticized fairly proves that he’s not being idolized to the degree you seem to think.

  3. It has been decades since this country has elected a genuinely liberal president.

    Clinton certainly isn’t all that liberal. And Carter only became more liberal after he left office. Even if you count Gore, the presidential candidate we saw in 2000 wasn’t a liberal. As with Carter, Gore’s liberal Hollywood activist persona was recently invented. So, there is something different about Obama. He’s actually running for president as a liberal, and he’s giving them the “tofu burgers” they crave with all this FDR / JFK / MLK “New Camelot” stuff.

    The far left sees a chance for them to influence an Obama presidency (certainly in a way that they could never hope to influence a Hillary presidency). I still think he’s going to betray them the moment he gets into the White House.

    But who knows. Maybe we’ll have universal health care, alternative bio-fuels, strong labour unions, a reformed United Nations, and the 35 hour work week by 2012. And yes, maybe pink unicorns and leprechauns will lead us to their stash of gold too.

  4. @Keith:
    They won’t drop their support, just their financial support. They want to ensure that the person they’re pinning their hopes on feels beholden to them.

    Let me put it this way: Having set only broad and grandiose goals as “hope” and “change,” Obama has placed himself at the threshold of misery–nothing he ever does is going to be goog enough or far enough, and his supporters, who feel they have fought hard for him through this entire process, feel that they are owed something. And that sentiment is going to cause him nothing but problems.

    About this point you make: I don’t see that his support is so fervent that people won’t look elsewhere if he screws up

    Obviously we disagree. I think it’s already happened and people are so desperate for “change” that they’re ready to forgive him anything . . . until he’s in charge and responsible.

    Then he’s fucked.

  5. Obama deserves support for one main reason: The rest of the world will not think America is the hopeless jingoistic country that we’ve pretty much become under Bush Lite.

    He’ll get other nations back on our side and build coalitions to solve problems and I think that is something that Hillary would have trouble doing. America was wrong to go into Iraq and electing Obama will be a tacit admission of that and other nations aren’t going to miss the point that we can self-correct our mistakes and turn things around. Hillary/McCain are just a continuation of the same old politics and world view “Us vs. The Others” that has let to our decline in world standing.

    Sure, some things are beyond his control but a sense of hope that things can change is what he brings to the table and I think he’s got the ability to motivate people to change and simply do better in this country.

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