In an epic self-awareness fail, the Obama campaign sent an email this afternoon from campaign manager Jim Messina which bore the subject line "They're Obsessed," and which mentioned the left's current bogeymen, the Koch Brothers, in the first line and in five of the email's eight total sentences.
Here's the full email:
In just about 24 hours, Mitt Romney is headed to a hotel ballroom to give a speech sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a front group founded and funded by the Koch brothers.
Those are the same Koch brothers whose business model is to make millions by jacking up prices at the pump, and who have bankrolled Tea Party extremism and committed $200 million to try to destroy President Obama before Election Day.
So in the hours before Romney courts two men obsessed with making Barack Obama a one-term president, let's see how many of us can chip in to the Two-Term Fund.
This number will update every five minutes to show how many people give in the 24 hours until Romney greets the Kochs:
Here's what Mitt Romney told his supporters just after his victory in the Florida GOP primary:
"We must not forget what this election is really about: defeating Barack Obama."
Pitch in $3 or more over the next 24 hours to show that, while that message may fire up two oil-industry billionaires, it's also one that plenty of us are tired of hearing:
Obama for America
Aside from being yet another gratuitous and undignified swipe at private citizens by the President of the United States (who, it is worth noting, won't even be present at the Romney event mentioned in the email), the hilariously unaware subject line makes this email one big laugh line. As my RedState colleague Caleb Howe notes, "the Obama campaign's main message so far has been 'do you know the Republicans want me to LOSE?? If you're as outraged as I am, donate here.'" Add to that the effort by Obama's campaign to lay the blame for skyrocketing gas prices – which are higher than ever at this point in the year, and have increased from $1.81 to $3.53 per gallon (almost 100%) since Obama took office in 2009 – at the Kochs' feet. As @Barron_ noted on twitter, the Koch brothers' retort to such an effort should be "If all we cared about was high gas prices, we'd want to keep Obama. His policies have made us millions."
President Obama, through his campaign manager, also once again attacks the Tea Party as "extreme" (remember when the DNC referred to the budding tea party movement as "dangerous mobs" in 2009?), while continuing to tacitly support the infinitely more extreme Occupy movement, which as Ben Shapiro notes, "has been busily threatening to violently attack government sites–when it’s not too busy violating the law, attacking police officers, defecating in public, raping people, and causing millions in damage."
To add insult to insult, as part of its typical participation in attacking Obama administration targets, the New York Times has accused the Kochs of funding the Heartland Institute's climate work. It should be utterly unsurprising that these accusations are based on stolen and forged documents, and have gone without correction despite multiple notifications and requests.
The left's obsession with the Kochs extends from the Oval Office down through the ranks, and it has long prompted them to accuse them of all manners of evil. This latest example of that obsession reflects an increasing desperation, and – to the extent that it is possible - an increased detachment from reality. Unfortunately, despite the left's blather about civility in public discourse, the president himself appears fully on board with playing up the supposed presence of evil bogeymen on the right, and is using his office and his campaign to smear these private citizens and philanthropists at every conceivable opportunity – an act that is as unbecoming of the office of the President of the United States as it is simply wrong.