It what may stand as the longest, rambling basketball analogy ever made by a politician, President Obama accused the Romney campaign of playing dirty yesterday.
You know, like that time they accused the President of allowing a man’s wife to get cancer and die? Or the time they accused Democrats of wanting dirtier air and water? Or how about that time they ran an ad showing the President throwing grandma and her wheelchair off the cliff? Oh wait, what?
“I can’t resist a basketball analogy,” Obama told the crowd, according to a White House pool report. “We are in the fourth quarter. We’re up by a few points but the other side is coming on strong and they play a little dirty.”
“We’ve got a few folks on our team in foul trouble. We’ve got a couple of injuries, and I believe that they’ve got one last run in them.”
“I’d say there’s about seven minutes to go in the game. And [Michael Jordan’s] competitiveness is legendary, and nobody knows better than Michael that if you’ve got a little bit of a lead and there’s about seven minutes to go — that’s when you put them away.”
GOP chairman Ed Cox had a basketball analogy of his own for the President.
“While President Obama spends his day shooting hoops with Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Carmelo Anthony, his administration continues to throw bricks when it comes to job creation and economic growth.“
And in other heartbreaking sports-related news, despite the fact that the President’s sole success story during his reign is the fact that he has a laser-like focus on all things sports – i.e. 100+ rounds of golf, pickup basketball games and fundraiser, filling out college brackets – team owners in the four major sports have made a majority of their contributions to Republicans this cycle.
Overall, team owners for the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL have given $1,992,050 to 2012 national election efforts. Of the total, Republicans were the victors with nearly $1.25 million. Democrats received a little more than $750,000, the station said.
And that includes the NBA team from New York; Knicks owner James Dolan is a Romney donor.
Here’s another basketball analogy. Let’s hope that when November comes, the President has been ejected from the game for a flagrant technical foul on the economy and the American dream.
Hope and change has circled the drain in 2012, and another sign has emerged that the enthusiasm factor that propelled Barack Obama to a decisive victory in 2008, is no longer palpable in the upcoming election.
Buzzfeed politics has run an analysis of campaign finance data, which shows that 88% of the people who had donated $200 or more to Obama in 2008, have not yet donated that sum this year. Buzzfeed stresses that this isn’t just an issue of timing, as most donors had pledged their financial support by April of the previous Presidential election cycle.
Ironically enough, part of the contributing factor for the lack of donations is the economy, as Obama supporters simply don’t have any extra cash to contribute. An excerpt from the report reads:
But Obama’s policies are not the only reason why families like the Elkins have not contributed to the campaign this year, however.
“Our finances have changed a little bit,” Elkin said.
Obama raised most of his money before the 2008 financial crash that sent the global economy into a spiral from which it hasn’t fully recovered. Unemployment stood at 4.9% when Iowa Democrats chose him on January 3, 2008. It ticked back up to 8.1% this April.
“Financially, I had more money back then than I do today,” said Greg Holmes, who works in the technology sector in Cedar Park, Texas, and gave $550 last cycle. “I’ll vote for him, but I probably won’t give any money.”
“I don’t have as much money,” said Ann Walling, a retired Episcopal priest from Franklin, Tenn. who donated $1,900 to Obama in ‘08. Money aside though, Walling is still pledging her vote to Obama. “For the most part I’m very happy with him,” she said.
“I’ve had to kind of back off my charity giving,” said Leah Jones, a retired clinical microbiologist from Langdon, Kan., who gave $1,200 last cycle but said she’s been driven to the financial brink by a son’s illness, and hasn’t even paid her income taxes yet.
When President Obama stated that he would be a one term wonder if he was unable to turn the economy around in three-and-a-half years, perhaps this was what he was referring to…