Obama’s 2012 campaign is shaping up to be a political remake of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. The same old 2008 magic isn’t going to be recaptured, but that’s not stopping them from trying:

MIAMI, Fla. — A low-dollar fundraiser here Monday felt like a throwback to the 2008 campaign.

There was the same old soundtrack – including “City of Blinding Lights” by U2, the president’s 2008 anthem — the enthusiastic organizers and the abundant appeals for supporters to rally behind President Obama.

The one missing element? Overflowing crowds.

Granted, it was a fundraiser, not a free rally. But the empty seats were hard to miss.

The top level of the 2,200-seat concert hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts was entirely empty, as were the seats along the side of the second and third levels.

Part of Obama’s problem is that thanks in no small part to the ravages of Hope & Change, not many people can afford even a “low dollar” fundraiser — even to see somebody who once could walk on water. People can either shell out $44 to see Obama, or use that amount of money to buy a couple gallons of gas.

Those in attendance were treated to one hell of a comedy show though:

Obama kept it low key at first, despite the rousing welcome. “If you want partisan rhetoric, I’m not your guy.”

I know I criticize the president a lot, but credit where credit’s due: He can tell a hell of a joke.

Regardless of a level of enthusiasm far below what we saw in 2008, some are keeping the faith:

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke at Obama’s fundraiser and reminded everybody what percentage of Americans are unemployed:

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