Skip to comments.At the end of the day, liberals are all about the money
Posted on 02/24/2014 5:02:36 PM PST by Starman417
Jim Messina, pasty white self-proclaimed "maestro" of the Barack Obama campaign for President, has shed his populist image for the trappings of capitalism.
Jim Messina, the former campaign manager to President Barack Obama who spent two decades in politics out of the public eye, is increasingly stepping out from the shadows and onto other Democrats toes.
Messina is moving aggressively to capitalize on his newfound fame and status as the maestro who ran a masterful reelection campaign for a president mired in a slumping economy. Hes building a political fiefdom through his deep ties to rich Democrats and a nexus of big-money operations including the Obama nonprofit Organizing for Action, whose major donors Messina is hosting in his office Monday and whom the president will address Tuesday, and Priorities USA, the pro-Obama turned pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC.
And here's the kicker- he's become everything the democrats savaged in Mitt Romney, oil companies to boot.
Hes grabbing clients around the world, some of whom seem at odds with one another. And hes grabbing cash, in the form of speeches at roughly $50,000 a pop to corporate special interests like the American Petroleum Institute and foreign groups like the government of the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah whose positions dont always jibe with liberal or democratic ideals.
And it's clear that when Messina grows up, what he wants more than anything else is to be Karl Rove, and some lefties aren't loving it.
Its the first time that Messina, 44, a former Hill staffer raised by a single mother on a tight budget, is making serious money. He appears to be following a path paved by George W. Bushs political guru, Karl Rove, who turned his master strategist role into a vaunted brand and created a shadow version of the Republican Party machinery through his unlimited-money Crossroads groups.
But Messinas effort to tap his earning potential while maintaining a hand on the levers of the partys apparatuses has fueled grumbles from various Democratic donors and operatives, who accuse him privately, and without the risk or accountability that can come from on-the-record criticism of taking more than his share of the credit for a multifaceted victory, and of a cash binge that exposes Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to potential backlash. Some Democrats question whether its unwise to have a single figure wield so much influence, while many former colleagues see Messina less as a Rove-like figure than as a deft operator who successfully implemented a strategy crafted by others.
Messina has completed the transformation to the dark side. He has become all that the left spit at over the last seven years.
Messina like Rove before him has gravitated away from the party and campaign system in which he cut his teeth toward the unlimited-money outside infrastructure that reshaped politics after the Supreme Courts 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision. Its a notable shift, given that Democrats up to and including Obama had assailed Rove and the big money he was raising as everything thats wrong with modern politics, before finally coming to embrace the new reality in which money and power have migrated to the outside groups and away from the party and campaign system.
Recently, Messina began quietly backing away from the inside system, last month ending a $15,000-a-month consulting agreement with the Democratic National Committee. The move came as he assumed leadership of the pro-Clinton Priorities USA outside spending outfit, prompting legal and practical questions about the many hats he was wearing. Obviously, respecting both the letter and the spirit of the law, he just couldnt have done both, said a source close to Messina. The source added that Messina was also preparing to end a $7,000-a-month contract with Obamas still-idling presidential campaign because he had mostly finished the work of winding it down.
Remember that Citizens United thing?
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Funny how these “Libs” Neo-Fuedalists Control Freak morons are the most Materialistic POSes who have ever lived...
This is significant news in my view.
He’s a member of the Clinton Crime Family now.
If Axlegrease comes on board, Hillary is a lock for 2016.
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