Messina: “We Got Beat”

“We got beat.” Those are the words of Montana politico, and President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina. 

Politico’s “Playbook” has this:

“In an e-mail to supporters that bore the subject line ‘We got beat,’ Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote: ‘We knew this moment would come when Romney secured the nomination. What happens next is up to you. Help close the gap right now – make a donation of $3 or more.’ … Through the end of April, the president had collected $168.6 million in contributions, compared with Romney’s $98.2 million. More important, Obama boasted a staggering advantage in cash on hand – $115.2 million to $9.2 million – because he, unlike Romney, was spared the expense of a primary.”

Meanwhile, The New York Times details recently revealed e-mails showing the behind the scenes chatter that occurred as White House operatives, including Messina, brokered a drug deal with the pharmaceutical industry in order to pass Obamacare.

Click here to read the full story. Here’s an excerpt. 

The e-mails document tumultuous negotiations, at certain times transactional, at others prickly. Each side suspected the other of operating in bad faith. Led by Rahm Emanuel, Mr. Obama’s chief of staff at the time, and Jim Messina, his deputy, the White House appeared deeply involved, and not averse to pressure tactics.

The e-mails released Friday also underscored detailed discussions about an advertising campaign supporting Mr. Obama’s health overhaul. “They plan to hit up the ‘bad guys’ for most of the $,” a union official wrote after an April meeting. “They want us to just put in enough to be able to put our names in it — he is thinking @100K.” In July, Mr. Hall wrote, “Rahm asked for Harry and Louise ads thru third party,” referring to the characters the industry had used to defeat Mr. Clinton’s health care proposal 15 years earlier.

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