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Obama’s ‘pimp the presidency’ tour hitting wall with demoralized donors

With the East Coast too cold for golf, President Obama is hoping to warm up Sunday with a trip west, while picking up some much-needed cash to help U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi win back Congress.

But the donors’ welcome might be chilly, according to the Washington Post.

obamafundraiser1124These are the times that try liberals’ souls. Obamacare’s a worse train wreck than even conservatives predicted. The president’s lies about Americans keeping their preferred health plans have been exposed for the frauds they always were, and his popularity numbers – always cosmetic anyway – are getting ugly. (Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor is doing better in some polls.)

Now, he’s asking for money — again. By the time the latest “pimping the presidency” tour wraps up Wednesday, the president will have headlined 17 fundraising events in 30 days, according to The Post. Thanks to Obamacare’s utterly predictable problems, Dem donors just aren’t in the mood, fundraiser and former Democratic National Committee Finance Director David Rosen told The Post.

“My ideological donors are so demoralized with health care, you can’t even talk about it with them,” Rosen said.

“Demoralized” is relative, of course. Obama’s still going to pick up millions from Pelosi’s San Francisco libs and the like. And The Post story notes that the true believers are still “staunch supporters.” (You could even say they “cling” to Obama, despite all.)

But facts are stubborn things.

“The problem has been the domino effect: first Syria, then NSA, then HealthCare.gov,” an unnamed “major Democratic fundraiser” told The Post. “He hasn’t had any good-news wins to offset those.”

(The fundraiser skipped a few problems, like Fast and Furious, Benghazi and the IRS scandal, but maybe only conservatives remember them.)

And then there’s the Hillary effect. Obama might be banking the rest of his presidency on the House speaker’s gavel going back into Pelosi’s imperious hand, but The Post says many top Democratic money bags are already looking to the rest of the decade.

“A lot of the donors are starting to look past this administration to the next one,” one big fundraiser told The Post.

For House Democratic leader Pelosi, that must be cold comfort indeed.

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