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Blaming James Madison

Obama has blamed George Bush. He’s blamed the Republican minority. He’s blamed Wall Street. He’s blamed the 24/7 media cycle. Now he’s blaming the First Amendment for the decimation of the Democratic Party on his watch. In a speech in Philadelphia he proclaimed:

[T]he biggest impediment we have right now is that independent expenditures coming from special interests — who we don’t know because they’re not obligated to disclose their contributions under a Supreme Court decision called Citizens United — means that in some places, you’ve got third parties that are spending millions more than the candidates combined, more than the parties in these states.

That’s the biggest problem that we have all across the country right now. We’ve got great candidates who are taking their case directly to the American people, but they are being drowned out by groups like Americans for Prosperity. Nobody knows who they are. Well, we know who they are — but nobody knows where the money is coming from, and they certainly don’t appear on those ads.

Good golly. Is this to be the excuse for the 2010 wipeout — too many Americans exercising First Amendment rights in opposition to a president, a Congress, and an agenda to which they object? On one level, it’s pathetic — another in a long line of excuses that tell us more about Obama’s delusional view of himself than it does about the voters.

But like much of Obama’s rhetoric, it is primarily distinguished by its utter disregard of the facts. Obama’s poll numbers have been tumbling for a year, ObamaCare has never been popular, and the Tea Party movement has organized millions of Americans — yet not one of these issues qualifies as the “biggest problem.” And why is it that Obama and his side are having such fundraising issues (forget for a moment the Big Labor piggybank)? Might it be that his hyper-partisanship and extreme agenda have helped mobilize conservatives to an extent they never imagined in 2008, when Obama was raking in the money?

All the whining about how Democrats “can’t get their message out” or are “being outspent” is the talk of losers. As the GOP learned in their fundraising difficulties in 2008, money follows enthusiasm, excitement, and, yes, anger. Money is the least of the Democrats’ worries, and blaming the First Amendment isn’t going to help matters.



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