Not sure if anyone's keeping current records of political fundraising by politicians not on any ballot. But President Obama is back at it today.
He's sent another e-mail missive to his millions of supporters and others plaintively labeled, "Please, chip in what you can."
The guy who got the Oval Office for only $750 million would settle for just $3 this time if that's all you've got, though more would be better, of course. Because he's got some unidentified donors who will match your $3. In the last few weeks Obama has made the same plea. And he's had his wife do that. And also Joe Biden, who recently announced he'd be on the 2012 Democratic ticket again because no one had asked.
The president's message today, which is signed "Barack" because we're all close friends in....
...this struggle for change, carries a note of urgency. Not because it's still two years until the next time Obama is on a ballot. Or because Organizing for America needs to expand its multimillion-name e-mail files even more. Although it does.
It's urgent because there are barely seven days left until the Nov. 2 midterm whose outcomes ("Dems lose House, barely keep Senate") will be widely interpreted as a referendum on Obama's aloof, liberal style and policies.
But there's also a harsher note in this message, a rhetorical escalation.
With Halloween approaching, the Democrat conjures those evil "special interests" again, not the bankers that gave so generously to his 2008 campaign or the British oil company whose lobbyist put up Obama's chief of staff in a rent-free apartment for years and not the public employee union that's spending way more millions than any other group in this campaign to fight for more government jobs.
No, Obama presumably means the special interests working for the shadowy, sinister Republicans whose minuscule congressional minorities these last four years have so clearly confounded even the leaderly legislative likes of Harry Reid and even Nancy Pelosi.
"This kind of politics isn't just a threat to Democrats," the 44th president of the United States warns a frightened nation about his political opposition. "It's a threat to our democracy."
How's that for bipartisanship?