More Money Than Brains: the Campaign for America’s Future

The cocky left-wing group, the Campaign for America’s Future, is trying to put a damper on the Republican Party’s national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, a Washington Post blog reports. CAF is so certain that conservatism is writhing in its death throes that it feels it can afford to blow money on extending a middle finger to GOP delegates in a TV spot that is running in delegates’ hotels.

To the tune of “Thanks for the Memories,” the ad opens with a caption, “To the conservatives gathered in St. Paul:” followed by “Thanks for the memories…” It shows a flooded car in front of a “Welcome to New Orleans” sign, a gasoline pump meter rising above the $70 mark, a foreclosure sign, and the “Mission Accomplished” banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln during President George W. Bush’s speech there on May 1, 2003. It closes with the caption “You’ve done a heckuva job!” followed by “We’ll take it from here.”

We’re not sure why CAF believes attempting to demoralize the infinitesimally small percentage of the Republican Party’s total membership in attendance at a convention is a good use of funds. Usually pressure groups try to reach people who can actually do something to advance their cause, i.e. voters, but hey, it’s their money.

When you’re absolutely positive America is on-track for revolution, why hold back? As CAF’s Robert Borosage wrote in March:

“The election this year has the potential to be not simply a change election but a sea-change election, one that marks the end of the conservative era that has dominated our politics for nearly three decades. It could be the progressive equivalent of the conservative triumph of 1980.”

Our writer, Joseph A. D’Agostino, profiled CAF in the July 2008 edition of Organization Trends.

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