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The Democratic Party has given itself a black eye lately by mishandling the holy.
Now the party may find itself under fire again after the Obama campaign sent out an email with the title, “I’ll be damned.”
Jim Messina, campaign manager for Obama for America sent out the email today, using the colloquialism as way of expressing surprise.
“Huge news: We finally closed the gap. We outraised Mitt Romney and the Republicans $114 million to $111 million in August,” Messina wrote. “Unbelievable. After three straight months of getting beat – and not by a small margin – more than 1,170,000 supporters made a donation to close the gap.”
The bulk of the email warns Obama supporters that Romney is outspending the president’s campaign.
Messina later repeated the “I’ll be damned” refrain in describing his determination to raise enough money to get Obama elected: “After all our hard work over the past 17 months, I’ll be damned if the Romney campaign, Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and a handful of anonymous billionaires ‘carpet bomb’ the president and end up deciding this election for millions of Americans in the last 57 days.”
Messina concluded today’s email with the following: “I’m proud to be a part of this campaign, and even more determined to make sure our hard work translates into a win for President Obama in November. I hope you feel the same way.”
As WND reported, this isn’t the first time Messina’s emails have flippantly used language some consider profane, as only last month he wrote of GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, “You might be wondering why the hell Romney picked this guy.”
The August email similarly bemoaned Republican fund-raising efforts and cast Romney’s selection of Ryan as “a great investment” that would bring even more donations into the GOP coffers.
Notably, at last month’s Republican National Convention, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez used similar language in telling the story of having a lunch with her husband in which she discovered her principles more clearly aligned with the GOP than the Democratic Party of her parents.
“And when we left that lunch,” Martinez said, “we got in the car, and I looked over at Chuck and said, ‘I’ll be damned. We’re Republicans.’”