October 23, 2012

"Stick with me, Ann," Barack Obama emails.

"Ann -- I don't want to lose this election."
Not because of what losing would mean for me -- Michelle and I will be fine no matter what happens.
Okay. Be careful. You know the reason many of us women feel inclined to stick with you is because we don't want you to have to feel bad. We don't want to hurt your feelings. We don't want you to think that we didn't think you were good enough.

But if it's all the same to you... well, then...

It's like your boyfriend is saying to you he could stay or go, it's all the same to him, but he doesn't want to hurt you. What girl doesn't say then get out so I can have someone with passion for this job?

68 comments:

Tully said...

I've never given a dime to either national party (I donate to local candidates, not to parties) but in the '08 elections someone signed my email address up for both parties, and I've gotten ALL the fundraising emails from both ever since. Guess which party hits me up at least three times a day, and has sounded increasingly and exponentially more desperate the last few months?

Hint: It's not the GOP, that only sends me fundraising appeals once or twice a week.

Michael said...

Professor: Excellent boyfriend analogy. Spot on.

chrisnavin.com said...

Don't you want to be a good woman? A woman who is caring, and in with the in-crowd?

Still sounds desperate.

t-man said...

Classic.

dbp said...

Ann? What a doofus, everyone knows you would rather be called Althouse!

EMD said...

I think it's funny he assumes you're out the door.

Lem said...

There is likeable guy for you.

TWM said...

He'll be fine. Michelle will be fine. The girls will be fine. No hard feelings, really.

So let's just fire the incompetent fuck and be done with it.

Christopher in MA said...

Sure, he and Mooch will be fine.

But what about Mooch's mom?

And Auntie Zeituni?

And Drunkle Omar?

For God's sake, Althouse, think of those poor people, left to shiver in the cold if Obama loses!

Mitchell said...

New Yorker cartoon (by Charles Barsotti) of the king in a mood of contemplation, writing in his diary:

"Do I really want all this power? Yes, I think I do."

Seeing Red said...

Barry's conceded NC, next up VA.

Freeman Hunt said...

Too cool to want your vote.

"Vote for me. Not because I want the job or anything. Of course I don't care about stuff like that. But you know, if it's not me, it's that wacky square, so hey, why not? Vote for me, and I'll take the job for you."

Comanche Voter said...

I'm hurt. I didn't get a "stick with me" personal e-mail from Obama. Of course maybe the fact that I've promptly tossed 40 or so of his avatars in the spam folder may have had something to do with it.

Mary, Louise, Sam, Joe, Jim, Dave, Frank, George etc all showed up unannounced and uninvited in mye-mail in box bearing tidings from Obama. He must have spent millions of dollars on hie e-mail campaign. All of it went straight into the Spam can.

Ann Althouse said...

The email made me think of the old song "Knock On Wood":

"I don't want to lose this good thing that I got
'Cause if I do, I will surely, surely lose a lot.
'Cause your love is better than any love I know.
It's like thunder, lightning,
the way you love me is frightening.
I'd better knock, on wood, baby."

Paul Zrimsek said...

Needy pretending to be cool. How can you possibly resist?

creeley23 said...

I got that email too. It has quite the touching ending:

I believe in you. If you stick with me, and if we fight harder than ever for the next two weeks, I truly believe we can't lose.

Obama believes in me!

If one follows Althouse's boyfriend frame, it becomes creepy, like James Wood mind-effing Sharon Stone in "Casino."

Mike said...

I really don't get this guy. Who writes this way to adults? Even his emotionalism is distant and cold. WTF?

Paul Zrimsek said...

Now there you are;
Yes, there's that face,
That face that somehow I trust.
It may embarrass you to hear me say it,
But say it I must, say it I must:
You have the cool, clear
Eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth;
Yet there's that upturned chin
And that grin of impetuous youth.
Oh, I believe in you.
I believe in you.

I hear the sound of good, solid judgment
Whenever you talk;
Yet there's the bold, brave spring of the tiger
That quickens your walk.
Oh, I believe in you.
I believe in you.

And when my faith in my fellow man
All but falls apart,
I've but to feel your hand grasping mine
And I take heart; I take heart

To see the cool, clear
Eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth;
Yet, with the slam-bang tang
Reminiscent of gin and vermouth.
Oh, I believe in you.
I believe in you.

dreams said...

Yes, but the liberal media still love him and they will fight for him. Now that it is becoming obvious to the liberal media sycophants that Obama might actually lose the election, we can expect dirty attacks on Romney's religion and who knows what else. I know its going to be ugly. Botton line -- Romney by a landslide.

kcom said...

The Gallup likely voters are sticking with their big Romney lead for the moment. Obama moved up 1 today but he's till 5 points behind and well below 50%.

Meade said...

You say you're gonna go and call it quits
Gonna chuck it all and maybe go with Mitts
Breakin' up, I wish you never said it
Breakin' up, no, no, we'll both regret it

That little birth control pill in your hand
Ain't a fortune, baby, but you know it stands
For my gov, a gov to try and bind(er) us
Such a gov, we just can't leave behind us

Baby, don't you go, baby, O...O...O
Baby, think it over and stay

Let's hang on to what we got
Don't let go, girl, we got a lot
Got ObamaCare between us
Hang on, hang on, hang on to what we got

Paul said...

"Okay. Be careful. You know the reason many of us women feel inclined to stick with you is because we don't want you to have to feel bad."

You're like a walking advertisement for repealing the nineteenth amendment.

Saint Croix said...

Obama invents a new break-up line. "It's not me, it's you."

BarrySanders20 said...

Might I suggest this little ditty for the Althouse Ipod shuffle:


Those times I waited for you seem so long ago
I wanted you far too much to ever let you go
You know you never got by "I feel it too"
And I guess I never could stand to lose
It's such a pity to say

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you

Could I have loved someone like the one I see in you
I remember the good times baby now, and the bad times too
These last few weeks of holding on
The days are dull, the nights are long
Guess it's better to say

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you

'Cause baby it's over now
No need to talk about it
It's not the same
My love for you's just not the same
And my heart, and my heart
And my heart can't stand the strain
And my love, and my love
And my love won't stand the pain
And my heart, and my heart
And my heart can't stand the strain
And my love, and my love
And my love...

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you

Now, could I have loved someone like the one I see in you
Yeah, I remember the good times baby now, and the bad times too
These last few weeks of holding on
The days are dull, the nights are long
Guess it's better to say

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you

Goodbye baby
So long darling
Goodbye to you


Petunia said...

Do you really believe that many women are sticking with Obama simply because they don't want him to FEEL BADLY? Is that why YOU, a highly-educated tenured professor, are still apparently thinking of voting for Obama?

Yeah, never mind the skyrocketing national debt, a shambolic foreign policy, an economy that is still in the toilet, a ridiculous unemployment rate, etc.

Seriously?

Meade said...

Petunia said...
"...an economy that is still in the toilet.."

No wonder the toilet may be overflowing!

The Roller said...

Sure sounds like President high horse is relegated to trying very hard not to lose by a landslide.

Now, did some say something last night about how fewer horses there are?.


http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/30/obama-congress-restore-us-horse-slaughter-industry/?page=all

Meade said...

Just please don't put a Battleship in there.

BarrySanders20 said...

And a link to the glorious 80's:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_50-gOeBilc>GoodbyeToYou</a>

chrisnavin.com said...

There once was a man from Indonesia
who said if elected he would please ya
he blew what he spent
and grew the government
so large even Bernanke got amnesia

madAsHell said...

I wonder how Peggy Joseph is doing down in Atlanta?

Cedarford said...

Choom didn't get to where he was on solid accomplishment in his adult career - but on his solid ability to manipulate the emotions and perceptions of others.

The "Boyfriend, soul mate" label fits.
In the sense that if we examine couples where one end of the pair is far less attractive, accomplished, wealthy, not given a great personality and wonder why....
The answer usually comes down to a person that is perceptive and highly skilled at manipulation and pushing the right buttons.

furious_a said...

The Preznit channels Tammy Wynnette:

Sometimes it's hard to be a woman
Giving all your love to just one man
You'll have bad times, he'll have good times
Doin' things that you don't understand
But if you love him, you'll forgive him
Even though he's hard to understand
And if you love him, oh be proud of him
'Cause after all he's just a man.
Stand by your man, give him two arms to cling to
And something warm to come to
When nights are cold and lonely.
Stand by your man, and show the world you love him
Keep giving all the love you can.
Stand by your man.
Stand by your man, and show the world you love him
Keep giving all the love you can.
Stand by your man.


Keep givin' all the love you can!

sleepless nights said...

Obviously it's an intern doing the writing, come on. You're all acting like he actually sat there and composed a mass automail.

Peter said...

I thought he had to win so that Michelle can feel proud of her country.

sleepless nights said...

Also the whole bromance approach translates to guys too. Guys had a bigger crush on Obama than most women did.

Dana said...

Obama's email is predicated upon the belief that *we, the masses* won't be fine if he loses - but he and Michelle will be.

He presumes an awful lot about those he sent the email to as he emotionally manipulate voters.

If you won't voters and believe in *yourself*, wouldn't you just keep hammering out your platform and principles - because isn't that what we are voting for? Or at least supposed to be voting for? Not some lost love, hurt feelings, and school boy heartache of regret. Geez.

traditionalguy said...

Since all things political now seem to come out of Wisconsin, President Romney should demand Obama's surrender on the deck of the BB64 in Norfolk. (That's the USS Wisconsin.)

kcom said...

"President Romney should demand Obama's surrender on the deck of the BB64 in Norfolk. (That's the USS Wisconsin.)"

Sadly, it's too late for that.

Obama Takes Out Romney With Mid-Debate Drone Attack

Cedarford said...

sleepless nights said...
Also the whole bromance approach translates to guys too. Guys had a bigger crush on Obama than most women did.

============
Gay guys. No so much other guys. The metrosexual thing and big blue-lipped grin doesn't seem to work it's magic on other guys the way it does with gay boys and sparkle cows wanting "Boyfriend!!".

Original Mike said...

"Not because of what losing would mean for me -- Michelle and I will be fine no matter what happens."

He'll be better off, Althouse. Golf, vacations, and adoration.

Write that post. Do it... for him.

Mr. D said...

The passive aggressive dynamic, from a song Obama probably heard during his undergraduate days:

Let me take your hand
I'm shaking like milk
Turning
Turning blue
All over the windows and the floors
Fires outside in the sky
Look as perfect as cats
The two of us
Together again
But it's just the same
A stupid game

But I don't care if you don't
And I don't feel if you don't
And I don't want it if you don't
And I won't say it
If you won't say it first

Bendir01c said...

"It's like your boyfriend is saying to you he could stay or go, it's all the same to him, but he doesn't want to hurt you. What girl doesn't say then get out so I can have someone with passion for this job?"

My current girlfriend. We've had that conversation. And yes, I know I'm a lousy boyfriend. Which I told her when we started dating.

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Sam L. said...

You are not saying so, but it kinda sounds like maybe, perhaps, could be, you are about to decide?

Tank said...

Paul said...
"Okay. Be careful. You know the reason many of us women feel inclined to stick with you is because we don't want you to have to feel bad."

You're like a walking advertisement for repealing the nineteenth amendment.


I think you're kidding about this.

I'm not.

I want Zero, Michelle and Norah to cry together. That would make me happy. Why can't I be happy.

Mitt won't make me happy, but, I admit, if Zero, Michelle and Norah cry, that would be worthwhile.

Hell, they've made me sick for four years now.

edutcher said...

He needs an mp3 of "Stand By Me" (the Ben E King version) that will play when you click on the e-mail.

Especially with this picture.

Meade said...

And so you're back from the debate
I just logged on to find you here, your wife she says I'm overweight
Now my toilet's overflowed
I should have voted absentee
If I had known, for four long years, you'd wreck the whole economy

Go on now, go, sotomayor, just turn around now
And shove your tax plans all offshore
Weren't you the one, who tried to hurt me with your media drive by?
Did you think with your death panel I'd just lay down and die?

Oh, no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to vote, I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live, if you're lucky, I'll forgive
And I'll survive, I will survive, I will survive!

Crunchy Frog said...

Babe, Baby Barry, I'm gonna leave you
I said Barry, you know I'm gonna leave you
I'll leave you on November 6
Leave you when I'm in the voting booth
Leave you when I'm in the voting booth

bagoh20 said...

Romney needs 13 EV from this group of current Obama leaners:

IA (6) MI (16)
NV (6) NH (4)
OH (18) PA (20)
WI (10)

Pretty doable, I think. Probably Ohio will do it. But I like WI + NH too.

Bryan C said...

Someone left Barack out in the rain,
And I don't think that I can take it.
Cuz' he's tried so hard to fake it,
But he'll never be the President again. Oh no.
Oh nooooo.

bagoh20 said...

In just three weeks, Obama has lost 70 EV to Romney according to RCP's map with no toss ups.

The Roller said...

Goodbye High Yellow Brick Road.

insert lyrics here.

http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=152979

Joe Schmoe said...

I hate song parodies in these comments. Sorry, I enjoy most if not all commenters, but I hate song/lyric parodies with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns. More than Ann hates men in shorts.

Michael The Magnificent said...

One of my ex girlfriends, a socially liberal but religiously conservative pro-Zionist Jew, bleeding heart special needs teacher, who has never voted for a Republican for any office, volunteered to me this morning that she made up her mind last night during the debate; She will wear a long trench coat, big hat and dark glasses and cast her vote for Mitt Romney.

Her two big issues are education and foreign policy. She thinks Romney will have a freer hand at reforming education (no teacher's union votesor $$$ to loose), and thinks Obama's foreign policy has been a disaster.

She also does not believe that R/R, even if they wanted to, have a chance in hell of making abortion illegal.

FWIW.

sierra said...

I just got one with the subject line: "Michael, I need you with me." Sexy!

Michael The Magnificent said...

Also, I took my life-long Dem mother to see Paul Ryan last week for his town-hall, powerpoint presentation, and QA session. She said he sounded like he knew what he was talking about, and asked if she could split her vote this election.

I told her she could.

Again, FWIW.

A voter here, a voter there, and pretty soon you're talking landslide.

Texan99 said...

I don't know anyone who's definitely changing a vote, but my mother-in-law did call up to ask me to help her send money to Romney. If you knew her, you'd know that's huge. That's a level of engagement I've never seen in her.

el polacko said...

ever since it happened, i've talked about how shamefully the dems dumped hillary and took off with their cool, new (half)black boyfriend. i've taken a lot of abuse for that opinion but here we are today...obama is sending love letters to his supporters...especially all of you lovely ladies out there (wink) stand by me baby and i'll stand by you...
does he still have the charm? well, our hostess admits to going back to reading one of his autobiographies...staring longingly at the dried flowers she has pressed into the pages, no doubt.
i think i'm gonna hurl.

sleepless nights said...

@Cedarford

From where I stood, young guys especially went completely insane for Obama in 2008. Young women were changing their vote from Hillary to Obama so their boyfriends would still think they were girlfriend material. It was a crush once-removed in that sense. I also saw a lot of older-end boomer guys interpret Obama as the deliverance of their youthful, civil rights-era selves. Anecdotal, but people who were closest to Obama in age seemed to have the most resistance. It appreciably lowered the chance of projection.

furious_a said...

Ohio will do it. But I like WI + NH too.

(war-gaming the RCP Electoral map)
Assume FL+VA go red and PA+MI go blue. R/R then need OH and one of NH+NV+IA+CO to win.

If OH goes blue, then R/R needs WI+CO and one of NH+NV+IA or else WI+NV+IA to win.

If OH+WI go blue, then R/R need to run the table in NH+NV+IA+CO win outright, or all but NH to secure an EV tie (throwing it to House of Representatives). If one of NV+IA+CO go blue, O/B win.

R/R really need OH. Don't like the odds of R/R winning WI+2 without OH and forget it on the +4 without WI (I think IA and NV go blue regardless).

John Lynch said...

I don't understand why the most powerful man in the world needs protection.

PatCA said...

Write back, "It's not you, it's me."

Erika said...

You know the reason many of us women feel inclined to stick with you is because we don't want you to have to feel bad. We don't want to hurt your feelings. We don't want you to think that we didn't think you were good enough.

Someone who truly feels like that needs professional help.

Chip S. said...

Don't forget all the good times we shared.

The Lilly Ledbetter Act. Wasn't that somethin'?

And don't forget the Nobel Prize ceremony. Oslo in December...mmm, I can practically taste that lutefisk we shared.

I just know we can make this work, baby. Don't throw all we had away for some rich dipshit.

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Clyde said...

Late to the party on this one, but it all brings to mind the old Three Dog Night song "Easy To Be Hard", with its emo questions:

How can people be so heartless?
How can people be so cruel?
Easy to be hard, easy to be cold

How can people have no feelings?
How can they ignore their friends?
Easy to be proud, easy to say no

Specially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil 'n social injustice
Do you only care about the bleedin' crowd?
How about a needed friend?
I need a friend

Bang! That's Barack, right there.