How Low Can He Go?

Via Jim Geraghty, we get this delightful story of a Barack Obama fundraising event that sounds more like a Cippers game than an appearance by the Commander in Chief:


Pres. Obama is the best fundraiser the Dem Party has, but his drawing power is way down from its peak during the ’08 campaign.

Obama is heading to MO and NV today to raise money for Sec/State Robin Carnahan (D), running for an open Senate seat, and Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid.

But Carnahan’s campaign wasn’t able to completely sell out the Folly Theater, where Obama will appear for a grassroots event on Carnahan’s behalf, at the prices they wanted. Tickets once priced at $250 are now going for $99, while $35 tickets are half off.

We already knew that President Obama’s approval ratings would make him more of a liability than a benefit to Democrat candidates on the campaign trail. But up until now at least, it was generally assumed that he could raise money for targeted races. Apparently even that magic is gone. I’m curious to hear what scalpers are getting for their bargain-bin remainders.

Exit question: what’s the appropriate obscure ’80s movie reference for this tale: ‘I’ve been kidnapped by KMart,’ or ‘his appeal is becoming more selective?’


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