—By Domani Spero
On June 21, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Denise Bauer as the next Ambassador to Belgium. The WH released the following brief bio:
Denise Bauer is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Belvedere Community Foundation in Belvedere, California. Ms. Bauer was Finance Chair for Women for Obama from 2011 to 2012, and served on the Obama for America National Finance Committee from 2011 to 2012 and from 2007 to 2008. From 2008 to 2012, she served on the Democratic National Committee, serving as Chair and Co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Forum and as Co-chair of the National Issues Conference. Prior to this, Ms. Bauer worked in television news and public affairs. From 1993 to 1994, she was a Public Affairs Officer for the American Red Cross Bay Area in San Francisco. From 1990 to 1992, she was a freelance film and video producer in Los Angeles, and from 1988 to 1990, she was the News Producer for the North American Bureau of Nine Network Australia in Los Angeles. She began her career in television in 1985 as a Field Producer and Researcher for KCBS-TV News in Los Angeles.
Ms. Bauer received a B.A. from Occidental College.
The Center for Public Integrity notes that the actual amount Ms. Bauer raised could be much higher as the Obama campaign only used broad ranges to describe the activities of its bundlers, the highest of which was “more than $500,000.” She’s considered one of the top ten bundlers for President Obama in the 2012 campaign.
The NYT’s list of Obama Top Fund-Raisers in September 2012 listed Ms. Bauer as a homemaker from Belvedere Tiburon, California who raised a total of $4,367,187 since 2007.
If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Bauer would replace Ambassador Howard Gutman. According to OpenSecrets.org, Ambassador Gutman was one of the two dozen major campaign bundlerswho became ambassadors following the 2008 election. The outgoing ambassador raised at least $775,000 for President Obama’s 2008 campaign and first inauguration. The new nominee announced raised almost six times that amount for President Obama’s reelection campaign which may or may not mean anything for the 2016 bundlers who wants Belgium.
Perhaps Mitt really is a nice, rich guy who shops at Costco. That does not offend me; but this one does. There are way too many “wonderfuls” here to make it sound authentic. I do not/not like it. He sounds as if he did not think through what he was going to say besides calling them, wonderful, that is. It sounds to me as if our diplomats killed in Benghazi have become convenient props for the political campaign. Brrr…. that is cold, man.
“I know that we’ve had heavy hearts across America today, and I want you to know things are going to get a lot better. But I also recognize that right now we’re in mourning. We’ve lost four of our diplomats across the world. We’re thinking about their families and those that they’ve left behind,” Romney said, at the beginning of a rally with roughly 2,700 supporters here in Northern Virginia.
Then, as Romney continued to lament the loss of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and the three others killed in Benghazi, a heckler distracted him.
“What a tragedy, to lose such a wonderful, wonderful, uh,” Romney said, as the heckler began to yell, “Why are you politicizing Libya?”
Romney continued, “wonderful people that have been so wonderful and appreciate their service to the country.”
They are …”wonderful, wonderful, uh (heckler interuptus) wonderful people that have been so wonderful …”
That’s the best he can do?
You can hear the crowd chant the heckler down with USA! USA! USA! Then Mr. Romney said, “And so I would, I would offer a moment of silence but one gentleman doesn’t want to be silent so we’re going to keep on going,” Romney said.
If he wins in November, he would need a good thesaurus.
So then here comes a top contender for the Crassest Award of the Year.
Former senator and former GOP presidentiable Rick Santorum apparently is using the rising violence in the Middle East (and his expression of condolences on the deaths of our diplomats) as the basis for a fundraising e-mail sent out by his political advocacy organization according to The Cable:
“The news coming out of the Middle East is deeply saddening and concerning. Karen and I first want to express our condolences to the families of Ambassador Stevens and the three other American officials who were killed in the recent terrorist attacks. Their service to our country was heroic and this senseless act of violence is horrifying,” begins the e-mail signed by Santorum and sent out by Patriot Voices, the nonprofit 501(c)4 advocacy group he co-founded after he lost his primary bid.
The organization has two missions: to help Mitt Romney defeat Barack Obama and to promote conservative policies and values, according to Santorum’s statements in June when it launched.
“Please continue to stand with me as we advocate for policies that properly defend Americans and their principles abroad. President Obama’s approach of apologizing to our enemies, turning our backs on our allies, and leading from behind weakens America and empowers our enemies. If American ideals are to remain prosperous here and abroad, the appeasement policies of this president must stop,” Santorum wrote.
The Cable reports that the end of the e-mail contains the pitch with a link to the Patriot Voices donation page.
Wow, what a crass act. Announcing an expression of condolence to the dead diplomats’ families via a fund-raising email with a pitch for donation before our diplomats are even back in U.S. soil. Before we can properly bury them or mourn their passing. What? They couldn’t wait even until after the return of remains today?
Holy mother of goat and her crazy nephews! How shockingly opportunistic!
Meanwhile in related news, in yesterday’s Politico op-ed, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker and another former GOP presidentiable took issue with the Obama administration calling this a “senseless act of violence” (he probably did not get Rick’s email) and writes:
This concept of “senseless violence” is at the heart of the left’s refusal to confront the reality of radical Islamists.
These are not acts of senseless violence.
These are acts of war.
Our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were not killed by a senseless mob. They were killed by a purposeful group of men armed with sophisticated weapons.
I recall, of course, Newt Gingrich telling CBS News in 2011, “The correct thing in an act of war is to kill people who are trying to kill you.” He was talking about Al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda, who was killed by a CIA drone.
Haven’t we seen this movie with war drums before, after 9/11? It started slow, then swooshed ever and we ended up in Iraq and got stuck there for years and years.
How many dots would it take before the warmongers can connect “this purposeful group of men” to say…. Iran and the bomb, bomb, bomb Iran chorus? The pencils are out and the dots are out there …
I think we must be vigilant and not get swooshed over a second time around even when our hearts are broken.