Even after President Barack Obama and his allies spent over $1 billion to get him re-elected, Obama’s top strategist David Axelrod said to reporters on Thursday that one of the key lessons from the 2012 campaign was that candidates could not “buy the White House.”
He was serious.
Axelrod said it was “heartening” to know that “you can’t buy the White House” while slamming the efforts of Republican-affiliated super PACs like American Crossroads that spent nearly $400 million dollars in 2012 and did not get any returns on their investment.
“If I were one of these billionaires, I’d be wanting to talk to someone and asking where my refund is, because they didn’t get much for their money,” Axelrod said. “Just looking at the heartening news is that you can’t buy the White House. You can’t overwhelm the Congress with these super-PAC dollars.”
This is a breathtaking statement when one considers Obama, so hellbent on raising money to buy the White House, has often made fundraising and wining and dining top donors his top priority. For instance, even after what his administration’s ineptitude led to the murder of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens in what was one of the most consequential day of his first term, Obama flew to Las Vegas to attend fundraisers the day after.