With three weeks before the midterm elections, Democrats are currently having a love-hate relationship with money. Sure, they’ve called for action in the past to reduce the role money has played in politics, but now they’re passing the hat and looking for campaign donors to give and give big.
One such potential donor is Jon Stewart, who derided the Democrats for fighting to end fundraising in politics at the same time that they’re making the biggest push to raise money for their party.
“Here’s a tip: It may undercut your message when you’re condemning a thing that you have clearly mastered,” Stewart said Monday night.
“The Daily Show” host specifically took a shot at President Barack Obama, who has in the past suggested that money played a corrosive part in politics. Last week, the President attended two fundraising events hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow and real estate mogul Rich Richman.
“You know, it may not be the best way to send a message about your contempt for money in politics with back-to-back fundraisers from Lady Goop and literally a man named Richie Rich,” Stewart said of Obama.
The requests for cash do not end at the rich and famous, however. The Democratic Party has been flooding inboxes with emails suggesting to voters that they’ve already lost the upcoming election. Messages with subject lines that include, “We’ve got nothing left,” “All hope is lost,” and “We’re done. Go home. Give up.” have already been sent out.
“These are real emails,” Stewart said, “not an email from your friend Sylvia Plath, not from miners trapped for three weeks in a mineshaft who some how have access to Wi-Fi, but from a national political party trying to win your vote.”
But as dire as these emails may be, the solution they offer is so simple and affordable: a $5 donation and all is well again. Stewart wondered, if he can save the Democrats with the amount of money it takes to buy a Subway foot-long sandwich, is there really even a problem to begin with?
Watch the video from Monday night’s “The Daily Show” above.