What’s in Obama’s wallet if his halo dims? [Karl]
Sean Oxendine and others are speculating that Brack Obama’s fundraising may be petering out.Ã‚Â I think it highly unlikely that John McCain will somehow have outraised Obama in June, though I could easily see them falling short of the prior $100 million dollar hype.
Their speculation, however, triggered a bit of my own.Ã‚Â Web traffic to Obama’s site has been tailing off and is currently at a six-month low.Ã‚Â The situation raises the issue of whether Obama’s recent shifts — rhetorical or otherwise — on Iraq, the terrorist surveillance program, faith-based initiatives, etc. will dampen the enthusiasm of hisÃ‚Â base voters enough to affect his fundraising.Ã‚Â
On the electronic surveillance issue alone, there is anecdotal evidence in Kos and Democrats.com folk withholding donations, MyBarackObama.com members considering asking for refunds, and the Glenn Greenwald(s)-Ron Paul axis organizing online fundraising against Democrats.Ã‚Â If Obama’s halo of Hopeyness and Changitude dims more broadly over an issue like Iraq, the number of people who may still vote for him but decline to donate — or even donate less — could become significant.
On a related note, pw regulars will not be surprised to learn that Obama’s big push in Missouri (and elsewhere, presumably) is based around building grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor networks.Ã‚Â This is another crucial aspect of the Obama campaign that could suffer if his base continues to become disillusioned with his supposed shifts on key issues.
Update: At the HuffPo, Sam Stein reports: “Major donors to Barack Obama’s campaign were told Wednesday evening that fundraising efforts were “a little slow” and that they should help retire Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt so that the New York Democrat’s supporters would, in turn, give to Obama…”