Obama: New darling of Republican donors
Beverly Fanning is among the campaign donors who'll be joining President Bush at a gala at Washington's Ford's Theater* Sunday night, but she says that won't dissuade her from her current passion: volunteering for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
She isn't the only convert. A McClatchy computer analysis, incomplete due to the difficulty matching data from various campaign finance reports, found that hundreds of people who gave at least $200 to Bush's 2004 campaign have donated to Obama.
Among them are Julie Nixon Eisenhower, the granddaughter of the late GOP president Dwight Eisenhower; Connie Ballmer, the wife of Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer; Ritchie Scaife, the estranged wife of conservative tycoon Richard Mellon Scaife and boxing promoter Don King.
Many of the donors are likely "moderate Republicans or independents who are dissatisfied with the direction of the country now and are looking for change," [whatever the Fuck "change" means] said Anthony Corrado, a government professor at Colby College in Maine who specializes in campaign finance.
While they represent a tiny slice of Bush's 2004 donors, he said, a shift of longtime Republicans committed enough to write checks reflects "a real strain" in the GOP.
Man, that's Unity in it's purest form, isn't it?
Corrado said he thinks some of the ex-Bush donors have given to Obama to hurt Hillary Clinton — a suspicion confirmed by Henry Corey, 86, of Bronxville, N.Y., a longtime GOP donor.
He said he gave Obama $250 because, "frankly, I wanted to be sure that someone nudged Hillary Clinton aside. I think she'd be a disaster."
For you, I sincerely hope so.
Money is the motherfucker's milk of politics, isn't it?
Rats? Meet new ship.
NOTE And look, I'm sure that the expectations that these Republicans have for Obama's policies, that unity means no accountability, have nothing to do with their new-found enthusiasm for a Democrat, and that they are all sincerely motivated by a change of heart, having seen what happened to the country under the last President they voted for twice and gave money to, Bush.
NOTE * Note to Obama supporters and the OFB; I'm not quoting McClatchy on "Ford's Theatre" because I think Obama should be assassinated. Let alone becuase I think Obama's like Lincoln. Sorry if I inadvertantly hurt your feelings.