As President Obama's fundraising blitz steams ahead with no sign of slowing down or letting up, his allies in the press and Congress grow increasingly anxious.
And now on the list of people who think the president's fundraising addiction is starting to harm his public Image is Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington.
“I don’t criticize the president at all for going to Martha’s Vineyard, having a vacation — recharging and refueling,” Huffington said Wednesday during an interview on Pivot’s TakePart Live.
“I’m just sick of the amount of time these politicians spend fundraising. It just really has destroyed our democracy. That’s why they spend so much time with people who can give them money and so little time — actually no time at all, with people who need their help,” she said.
Obama participated in a private fundraising event in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. He spent much of his 90 minutes at the home of Hollywood producer Shonda Rhimes repeating his well-worn campaign talking points about “fair share” and “leveling the playing field.”
“But during midterm elections, people don't even know there's an election — don't know who their congressman is, don't know who their senators are. And as a consequence, the other side tends to vote at higher rates,” he added.
The president then accused Democrats of being oblivious to the existence of midterm elections, citing voter apathy as the reason for John Boehner's current role as House Speaker.
“And so the midterms come around, and lo and behold we're surprised when John Boehner is the Speaker of the House. Say, well, how did that happen?” the president said. “What happened to [Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.]? What happened was you all didn't work. That's what happened.”