September 7th, 2011

In Which VDB Has A Super-Chummy Heart To Heart With Obama Campaign Manager, Jim Messina (But Just “Messina” To VDB)

by Philip Baruth

When the emails from the Obama campaign roll in, they’re always signed “Barack” and “Joe” and “Messina,” which is actually Campaign Manager Jim Messina’s last name, which is, like, even more intimate, you know? Like we’re buddies — tight buddies, like we’ve known one another since first grade, got blitzkrieged on Mad Dog 20/20 and Blackberry Boone’s Farm when we were in ninth, and our sisters eventually grew up and married our brothers. The latest super-intimate and tight exchange:

Philip –

Here’s something you and I weren’t supposed to find out:

At a private function at a Colorado resort, oil billionaire Charles Koch stood in front of hundreds of conservative millionaires and said the 2012 election will be, in the words of Saddam Hussein — yes, he decided to quote Saddam Hussein — “the mother of all wars.”

He then read through a list of 32 contributors who gave more than a million dollars each to bankroll the network of corporate special-interest groups that aim to tear down President Obama.

If that offends you, it absolutely should. But it should also motivate you, because you are the only thing that can stop them.

Can you make a donation of $190 or more right now?

I’d rather not spend time talking about this kind of gutter politics, but one simple fact makes it impossible to brush aside: special-interest groups like Karl Rove’s American Crossroads Super PAC have already pledged to pour nearly $200 million into attacking the President in the coming months — and more shadowy groups file paperwork and start running ads every week.

Right now, the President is focused on creating jobs and improving the lives of middle-class families. And this campaign will keep doing what we’ve been doing from the very beginning: growing a truly grassroots organization that’s doing politics a different way, and encouraging as many people as possible to take ownership of this campaign as early as possible. It has to start with you.

The Koch brothers and the front groups they fund have decided on the tone they want the election to take in the coming months — and we should expect these kinds of smears to only get worse.

But we still have a say about the kind of race we want to run and the kind of political climate we want to create. Take a stand now to support it.

Donate $190 or more today:



Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America


Good to hear from you, hombre — long time no Messina. And good gosh! You’re right! I’m pretty darn offended that one of the Koch brothers used language other than what the Sunday Shows might consider appropriate in tone!

And I’d be happy to drop Barack $190, just as soon as one of you takes the time and the energy to write an email that also happens to contain one single solitary particle or molecule of policy. Forget a molecule. I’ll take an atom, one free-standing atom of policy, one solitary indication of what, precisely, you plan to do if re-elected.

Last time out, you promised you’d shutter Guantanamo, repeal the Bush tax cuts, end warrentless wiretapping — lots of stuff I really wanted to see happen in the real world.

Last time I gave you money, and time, and sweat and tears. Of course, Barack hasn’t done any of those things, but he’s been busy, I know, getting entitlements on the table and keeping them there.

So let’s put it this way, between friends, and I mean between tight buddies like us: when you run a real campaign, and Obama governs like a real Democrat, I’ll respond in kind. Seriously, I’ll get fired up and shit. But ignoring Wisconsin when the fires are burning, and then promising to stand with Labor on the following Labor Day? That’s entirely weak, brother.

Tell Barack and Joe and the Davids I said wassup. And don’t forget that $20 you owe me from Philadelphia.

Now get out of here, you crazy kid,