Loony Fundraising Works -- for Loony Candidates
Democrats are outraged today because Republicans are using President Barack Obama's latte salute to raise money.
Hey, political parties: Raise money with whatever works.
So what if the president's coffee-cup hoist as he stepped off Marine One is a stupid "issue?" I'll also defend Democrats who use an unlikely impeachment threat or even school shootings to seek donations. And I'll stick up for Republicans who raise money on the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya. Or, for that matter, Democrats who raise money by evoking Republican efforts to leverage the Benghazi incident. It's all fair game.
Nonetheless, donors ought to think about what they're doing. When you give money to a party, you're not just (figuratively) writing a check; you're taking political action. If you don't want your party to be in the business of producing over-the-top reactions to nonsense, then don't click the donate button at Republicansaremurderousthugs.com or Democratsarenationalsocialists.com. If that's the kind of appeal you respond to, then that's the kind of party and candidates you'll get. If you want a party that supports a substantive policy program or ideological preferences, then you should respond to appeals that emphasize those qualities.
If you act like a rube, you're creating a party of rubes.
But the people making those appeals? If it works, they're going to do it, and I don't see why they shouldn't.
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