Barry’s Bay State Visit A Bust

Barry breezed into town yesterday to talk climate change at MIT and attend a fundraiser for his pal, Cadillac Deval Patrick.

It was a helluva lot different than the last time The One came to Boston during the presidential campaign.  Last year he was greeted by thousands of cheering fans.  Yesterday, he was greeted by protesters – including some from his own party.obama protest boston

Then, during his climate change speech at MIT, the TOTUS failed the POTUS .

Later, he attended a fundraiser for Governor Deval Patrick and spoke to less than capacity crowds.

“There really should be no doubt that this guy gets a second term. But let’s be honest. This is going to be a tough race,” Obama told a room barely half-full with 125 deep-pocketed Democrats who ponied up $6,000 for Patrick and the party. “Re-election is not a foregone conclusion because times are tough.”

Reflecting those hard times, the swanky Westin Copley Place ballroom – where the subsequent $500-a-head fund-raiser was held – was “about two-thirds full,” with about 400 people attending, according to press pool reports.

Bloom off the rose.

Gay donors continue to drop out of DNC fundraiser

Last week, the DOJ filed a brief which defended the Defense of Marriage Act and cited cases of incest and kissing cousins to back up their argument.  It’s not going over so well.

“This is not appropriate time” for the Democratic party to be hitting up gays and lesbians for money, says Richard Socarides, a former Special Assistant to President Clinton, who’s not attending next week’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

And add gay Democratic donor Bruce Bastian, who told the Washington Blade he “will continue to support certain congressmen, congresswomen and senators whom I believe will continue to fight for our rights, but I don’t think blanket donations to the Democratic Party right now are justified, at least not in my book.” He said he found the filing “very offensive.”

At last check, Bombastic Barney is still slated to speak at the event.