Obama’s attack on Chamber of Commerce backfiring

posted at 9:30 am on October 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

When the New York Times punctures a White House meme, it can reasonably be considered a flop.  Last week, Barack Obama himself accused the Chamber of Commerce of using foreign money to push its domestic political activism, which would violate election law.  Unfortunately, as the Times reports, the White House had absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing.  And Obama failed to mention that plenty of groups on the Left, especially labor unions, raise money outside the US as well.

Now the White House is trying to step back from their earlier accusations of illegality, but they’re still desperately trying to hang onto the line of attack:

White House officials acknowledged Friday that they had no specific evidence to indicate that the chamber had used money from foreign entities to finance political attack ads.

“The president was not suggesting any illegality,” Bob Bauer, the White House counsel, said. Instead, he said Mr. Obama’s reference to the chamber was meant to draw attention to the inadequacies of campaign disclosure laws in allowing groups to spend large amounts of money on politics without disclosing their donors.

White House officials called on the chamber to go beyond current disclosure laws and establish that no foreign money has been used in its political campaigns. “They can put this to rest,” said Joshua Earnest, a White House spokesman. “They have the keys to the file cabinet.”

Is that how it works in the United States in the era of Hopenchange?  The President makes an accusation of lawbreaking without any evidence of it, and the entity accused has to prove their innocence?   In this country, the government has to prove its case, not the defendant, and even before making an accusation of wrongdoing usually has to have some evidence of the crime in the first place.

This kind of rhetoric is nothing short of McCarthyism.  The government makes baseless accusations and then blames the people accused for not clearing themselves.  Will Obama start appearing at rallies with his “little list” of an ever-changing number of foreign contributors?  The White House launched the same kind of baseless attacks on the Koch family and Americans for Prosperity this summer and have yet to offer one substantial piece of evidence that any of these groups or people have done anything wrong at all, except to oppose Obama’s policies.

This is an administration that apparently has never learned the difference between being a political campaign and serving in the government.  In the former situation, this would constitute slander, which is bad enough.  When it comes from the government, it’s a form of tyranny — an attempt to use the power of government to silence dissent.


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to seize private 401(k) plans to more “fairly” distribute taxpayer-funded pensions to everyone.

What the heck does this mean?

CCRWM on October 11, 2010 at 10:47 AM

What the heck does this mean?

CCRWM on October 11, 2010 at 10:47 AM

“We need a bigger piggy-bank to keep Social Security and the UAW’s pensions from going bust.”

teke184 on October 11, 2010 at 10:49 AM

UnderstandingisPower on October 11, 2010 at 10:05 AM

You forgot the one who lives in his head – Glenn Beck. The one the white house has gone after to try and get all of his advertisers to quit. And they have done a good job – Glenn is more popular than all the others. No one has disgraced the office like this poser. Bush was hounded by the left and the media and I don’t ever remember him saying a negative word about any individual.
He is a joke and I pray that he is stopped in November.

Bambi on October 11, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Pick a target! Oh, wait, its not a person but an organization representing a whole lot of small businesses that are all over the country… hmmmm…

Freeze it! Well the economy is in a shambles and they are already frozen from the uncertainty so they aren’t really going to be all that able to be frozen in place. They can threaten to lay off more people if anything worse happens… hmmmm… not good…

Isolate it! Small businesses are everywhere from the sole proprietorship to the family business to the small group that got together with a great idea to do something with their abilities. Kinda hard to isolate the major employers of the Nation as they are all over the place….

Demonize it! These are your friends, neighbors, folks running local franchise operations, barbershops, nail boutiques, tailors, bakers, and, really, all the folks necessary to make the economy run. Its pretty hard to demonize such a broad class of people that hold the hammer of employment over your head… and they resent being called rich for putting in long hours, employing other people, and barely scraping by putting much of their ‘income’ back into the business.

There seems to be a problem with this Alinsky target deal as they are also supposed to be more powerful than you. Obama has never, ever, once, gone after anyone more powerful than him with these tactics. Of course he is now ‘The Man’… hard to run against ‘The Man’ when you ARE ‘The Man’, isn’t it? Maybe he should apply his rules to himself and see how he likes being scandalized by himself. Give the rest of us a break. I look forward to adding him to the unemployment rolls in 2012.

ajacksonian on October 11, 2010 at 10:51 AM

By his own standards he has to prove he was born in HI and not Kenya now doesn’t he?

CCRWM on October 11, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Only if his standards actually applied to him.

Extrafishy on October 11, 2010 at 10:53 AM

The ObaMao administration and the Dems have been hopping mad since the Supreme Court decision re free speech and corporate bodies.

The Boy-King began his attack and mischaracterization when he had the bully pulpit at the SOTU speech. This aggressive assualt on free speech neglects to acknowledge that unions and other liberal special interest groups with foreign tentacles have been subsidizing campaigns with impunity for decades.

The latest bomb throwing against the Chamber of Commerce, which has no merit is just the latest effort to trash political opposition since the failure of the DISCLOSE act.

ObaMao has politicized law as a way of life. His best buddy, Holder, is another abuser of power.

The WSJ has a commentary on how abusive the current administration is toward businesses that it considers political adversaries. Have they forgotten that the Progressive Insurance Company has been doing “dirty business” via Peter Lewis and the ThinkProgress megaphone?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703735804575536370151720874.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

onlineanalyst on October 11, 2010 at 10:53 AM

This was one embarassing campaign tactic, still is, I guess.

I cannot understand attacking the Chamber of Commerce, known to be the bastion of small business, when you’re also trying to convince people you’re pro-small-business.

Unbelievably stupid.

AnninCA on October 11, 2010 at 10:54 AM

The President makes an accusation of lawbreaking without any evidence of it, and the entity accused has to prove their innocence?

more evidence of the Whim of Autocracy….?…

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 10:55 AM

I think that’s why most people, even his former supporters, admit that he’s in over his head.

This approach is seriously flawed.

It calls, truly, into question his basic judgment and cognitive abilities.

I personally think it’s a complete lack of experience in life to root himself in. His background is so ethereal.

Oh well.

AnninCA on October 11, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Vote.

jamie gumm on October 11, 2010 at 10:57 AM

But this is also not McCarthyism. And that type of exaggeration isn’t helpful, in my opinion.

There’s a huge difference between an unfounded campaign attack and what went on during that era.

I’m pretty sick of the gross extrapolations.

Most of the bloggers today would have gotten an F from any basic English composition teacher.

Your comparisons should be similar to work. This doesn’t.

And, I, as a voter? I don’t like it.

AnninCA on October 11, 2010 at 10:58 AM

What was in the note Hamas gave to John Kerry to pass along to Obama? How is it that Obama’s admin loaned $2 Billion to a company Soros invests in to drill in Brazil, at the same time issuing a 6 month moritoriam for drilling in the Gulf?

TN Mom on October 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Love that pic…..it illustrates his presidency perfectly

cmsinaz on October 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Key West Reader: and also to AnninCA on October 11, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Bambi on October 11, 2010 at 11:17 AM

“The president was not suggesting any illegality,” Bob Bauer, the White House counsel, said. Instead, he said Mr. Obama’s reference to the chamber was meant to draw attention to the inadequacies of campaign disclosure laws in allowing groups to spend large amounts of money on politics without disclosing their donors.

Yeah, right. Why didn’t this Bauer just come right out and say–oh, we didn’t get away with it and this is the exit strategy.

jeanie on October 11, 2010 at 11:18 AM

In assessing his role, Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) wrote: “There was never quite anyone like McCarthy in the Senate, before or after; nor has this chamber ever gone through a more painful period.”

Accusing someone of something out of paranoid is the definition of McCarthyism, it is not “too extreme”.
What this is, is too subtle.
What Obama is doing is much worse, McCarthy pulled these people in and had trials and hearings…Obama is convicting them in the press…Obama is the president.
It is shameful what he has done to the office of the president…shameful.

right2bright on October 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM

In assessing his role, Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) wrote: “There was never quite anyone like McCarthy in the Senate, before or after; nor has this chamber ever gone through a more painful period.”

And that quote was chosen because of the irony…a KKK leader, calling someone else out…there is nothing like the hypocrisy of the senate.

right2bright on October 11, 2010 at 11:23 AM

He’s the DOTUS 24/7………accidentally or purposefully…..24/7 baby!!

PappyD61 on October 11, 2010 at 11:25 AM

to seize private 401(k) plans to more “fairly” distribute taxpayer-funded pensions to everyone.
What the heck does this mean?

CCRWM on October 11, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Some babe from the New School was floating this idea, even before the 2008 election, I believe. Here is how screwy the Lefties’ idea of social justice is: People who save and invest are “obviously” rich enough to do so. In order for the grasshoppers and the less able or willing to save can have “social justice” (their piece of the pie), government must intervene by taking away from the productive, the savers, and the investors.

onlineanalyst on October 11, 2010 at 11:27 AM

But there *were* Communists in the government and Hollywood. And there certainly are there now. They’ve broadcast their treason quite extensively.

tanarg on October 11, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Your comparisons should be similar to work. This doesn’t.

And, I, as a voter? I don’t like it.

You vote for bloggers?

The comparison fits very well, I’m not sure what the problem is. This isn’t an unfounded campaign attack. This is the sitting president of the United States using the power of his office to level accusations of illegal activity.

To make matters worse, he is placing the burden of proof on the accused with the intent to have them release confidential information (that he won’t release himself).

I also see many similarities from the McCarthy era with the rhetoric, just substitute rich or wealthy for Commie.

reaganaut on October 11, 2010 at 11:33 AM

It is outrageous, from every angle. It really doesn’t matter what their goal is, they are looking increasingly desparate and dangerous.

ORconservative on October 11, 2010 at 11:35 AM

WH counsel Bob Bauer at least has the “smarts” to recognize that these unfounded charges and innuendoes are libelous and could open the door to much more serious investigations of the ObaMao campaign funding.

Bring it on, suckas!

onlineanalyst on October 11, 2010 at 11:36 AM

But this is also not McCarthyism. And that type of exaggeration isn’t helpful, in my opinion. There’s a huge difference between an unfounded campaign attack and what went on during that era.

I’m pretty sick of the gross extrapolations.

Most of the bloggers today would have gotten an F from any basic English composition teacher. Your comparisons should be similar to work. This doesn’t.

And, I, as a voter? I don’t like it.

AnninCA on October 11, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Hey Annin – I agree that this attack is not on the SCALE of McCarthyism. However, I do agree that the tactics are the same: use the government to grossly smear you opponent with a baseless charge and then wonder loudly why your target can’t immediately come up with perfect evidence to refute said charge.

The problem here is that The White House – with Rahm gone – is now apparently being run by Axelrod, who is merely a political operative. He knows how to write speeches and spin, but he shouldn’t be doing things like attacking the Chamber with a not-so-veiled threat from The White House. The left would also argue that Bush out-sourced too much of his Presidency to Rove and Cheney, and they might be right.

So – Annin. Can we agree that this tactic is Nixonian? Or is that an exaggeration?

johnboy on October 11, 2010 at 11:37 AM

I am becoming numb to the fiasco that characterizes this romper room of an “administration”.

When will Obama just resign and be done with it?

Someone needs to tell this guy it’s over and give him airline tickets to exile.

NoDonkey on October 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

i seem to remember something about the obama campaign site, disabled AVS (address verification system) and international credit cards.

emz35 on October 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Obama’s attack on the Chamber of Congress is not working? Has anything this buffoon has done ever worked?

volsense on October 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

woops, i didn’t see your post key west

emz35 on October 11, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Greatest Constitutional law scholar since John Marshall,Genius by his PR folks own admission,Worlds greatest orator since Demosthenes,Award winner for no reason at all other than being,PGA golfer when not busy,Soon to be worlds most expensive tourist(the post election victory trip),World most humble person after Michelle Antoinett,Most self confident legend in his own mind.
So yesterday he tell a small crowd of faithful zombies,
“Don’t make me look bad”, he does that all by his lonesome self.Me,Me,Me,it be all bout he.

Col.John Wm. Reed on October 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

When will Obama just resign and be done with it?

Someone needs to tell this guy it’s over and give him airline tickets to exile.

NoDonkey on October 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM
Elba comes to mind or maybe Greece.

Col.John Wm. Reed on October 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM

When will Obama just resign and be done with it?

Someone needs to tell this guy it’s over and give him airline tickets to exile.

NoDonkey on October 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Nope. Today he was on TV again flappin the gums about needing new roads and bridges. I think he’s ADHD.

Key West Reader on October 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Now would be a good time for the L.A. Times to release the video of Obama toasting Rashid Kalidi.

TN Mom on October 11, 2010 at 10:36 AM

I have to wonder (assuming it even exists) if this will come out when things are so bad the msm turns against him, just to boost their subscriptions.

WitchDoctor on October 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM

This kind of rhetoric is nothing short of McCarthyism.

It seems to me that it is also somewhat defamatory and libelous, with obvious intent to do harm, and having no evidence for the injurious and specious claim.

CoC should have attorneys drafting a complaint as we speak.

Midas on October 11, 2010 at 12:05 PM

But this is also not McCarthyism. And that type of exaggeration isn’t helpful, in my opinion.

AnninCA on October 11, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Actually, Ann, this is very similar to McCarthyism, except it is worse in one very important area.

What did McCarty do? He made unfounded charges. First he made them against unnamed individuals, then when pressed, made unfounded charges against specific individuals. These charges played upon The (legitimate) fear by Americans of people within the system acting against the interests of the nation as a whole.

But Obama is doing McCarthy one better: It was never illegal to be a Communist in this country. What Obama has accused people of with this smear is a crime. The Administration could use the power of the DOJ to send people to jail over this.

One small step down the road to high crimes and misdemeanors.

JohnGalt23 on October 11, 2010 at 12:09 PM

There’s a huge difference between an unfounded campaign attack and what went on during that era.

I’m pretty sick of the gross extrapolations

It is not merely an unfounded campaign attack – if you take McCarthy the Senator so seriously, how can you NOT take Obama the President making such baseless claims seriously?

When was the last time that a sitting President openly attacked the Koch family, the US Chamber of Commerce and ACCUSED them of fraud with ZERO EVIDENCE ? Even worse, when was the last time a sitting President was saying that he didnt need to prove US Chamber’s guilt… but the US Chamber of Commerce had to prove its innocence ??

And this is the guy who treats terrorists at Gitmo with more respect than the US Chamber of Commerce and talks loftily about “upholding the US Constitution” while knowing nothing about it ??

Let Obama prove that he was not born in Kenya but Hawaii- until then i will keep shouting that he is a foreigner without any evidence… you like that Ann IN CA ??

Ed is right – this is McCarthyism… this is a witchhunt orchestrated by the most powerful politician in the country – a man who allowed foriegn and domestic donors to illegally contribute to his Presidential campaign by turning off the address verification system on his website.

This allowed domestic donors to illegally overcome the limits to contributing to an election campaign as envisaged by McCain-Feingold and allowed foreign donors to illegally donate to Obama’s campaign… Google the Palestinian Hamas radicals who sent money to Obama.

Obama is a RAT B*ST*RD and a disgrace to the country – all those idiots who elected Obama have earned some serious bad karma.

And as we all know – Karma can be such a B****

nagee76 on October 11, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Can Obama prove he doesn’t use cocaine in The White House?

brewcrew67 on October 11, 2010 at 9:32 AM

He should “put this to rest” and pee in a cup on national TV.

katiejane on October 11, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Where’s he gonna squat?

ziggyville on October 11, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Funny McCarthyism is the demonization of a man who stated there were Soviet Friendly people in the Government which was true as the said USSR records later showed. So comparing the guy who was right to the guy who is lying is somehow insulting. I find it amusing that the guy who was trying to root out the foundational element of a lot of the modern Democrat Socialists of America is the evil villain when he was honest and correct

alloyiv on October 11, 2010 at 12:32 PM

How about the Commander of Lies asking the AFL-CIO and SEIU to declare their foreign contributions? If this messiah quoted me the Bible I would demand to see for muyself. God presere us from self annointed messiahs.

cando on October 11, 2010 at 12:34 PM

I am glad you brought that up, now, let’s see.

esnap on October 11, 2010 at 12:38 PM

The bad thing is….Obama will simply abandon this line of attack as ineffective and throw some more crap against the wall next week. And it will all be forgotten by election day, because there will be 4 more outrages before then.

Anybody still talking about the 9/11 mosque? Michelle’s vacations? Recovery summer? The demonization of Boehner?

Didn’t think so. That is the problem with this guy – his strategy (not so bad really) is to pile up lie after lie, hoping that it inflames the base and peels off a few weak-minded “centrists.”

And the MSM will NEVER ever ever ever call him on it.

johnboy on October 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM

What the heck does this mean?

CCRWM on October 11, 2010 at 10:47 AM

I think it translates to all of the following:
a) If you can save for retirement, you are rich.
b) The rich are leeches upon our economy and need to be brought low.
c) Take from the rich and give to the poor.

All of which are talking points of the current Administration.

unclesmrgol on October 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Cindy Munford on October 11, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Do you have a link for that? And I’m not surprised…

lovingmyUSA on October 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Well, the last time I checked, McCarthy was right, there were communists in the Roosevelt and Truman Administration.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venona

dean_acheson on October 11, 2010 at 1:03 PM

This attack is because the Chamber of Commerce won’t agree to the global warming agenda. Read http://reut.rs/bxIR7a

debg on October 11, 2010 at 9:41 AM

That’s incredible! Though not unbelievable…thanks!

lovingmyUSA on October 11, 2010 at 1:06 PM

The more that Obama and his administration speaks and acts along with the help of the media the democrat party and it’s leader show that they are the party of Vladimir Lenin. They lie,distort,commit character assassinations,make false allegations. If Joe McCarthy was alive today and conducted hearing into communists in the Government- the line waiting to go before the committee would extend from Washington to Florida or he may just set up at the democrat national convention. Robert Kennedy was an aide to Joe McCarthy and was very loyal to him. The media doesn’t tell you that.

flintstone on October 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Robert Kennedy was an aide to Joe McCarthy and was very loyal to him. The media doesn’t tell you that.

flintstone on October 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM

And JFK served in the senate with him, and never “called him out” on his views. He was a friend of all the Kennedy’s and admired by them.

right2bright on October 11, 2010 at 1:21 PM

And Obutthead’s a lawyer? ROFL!!!

If this is the kind of garbage law schools are putting out there these days….we’re in deep doo doo.

No wonder liberals need to skew the laws, and constitution. They don’t understand it as written to begin with!

capejasmine on October 11, 2010 at 1:23 PM

And Obutthead’s a lawyer? ROFL!!!

If this is the kind of garbage law schools are putting out there these days….we’re in deep doo doo.

No wonder liberals need to skew the laws, and constitution. They don’t understand it as written to begin with!

capejasmine on October 11, 2010 at 1:23 PM

“You rang?”

/crr6

Del Dolemonte on October 11, 2010 at 1:32 PM

it’s a form of tyranny — an attempt to use the power of government to silence dissent.

Watch out, next we will know, you will be uttering the “R” word which is unmentionable….

lovingmyUSA on October 11, 2010 at 1:36 PM

What the heck did we expect from chicago!
Remember he said, “I won!” He does not even pretend to represent all of the people of the U.S., only the left tards including unions. I wish the African Americans could see what he really is and how much he is hurting them. I guess the education system in the big cities tells us everything we need/want to know.

Bambi on October 11, 2010 at 1:50 PM

crr6

Has the troll checked in for the day. We have a whole bunch of fun McCarthy stuff for him to mull over.
Judge Welch is waiting along with the ghost of G. Davis Schine.

Col.John Wm. Reed on October 11, 2010 at 1:53 PM

What’s important to realize is that this is just the first step in a one-two attack. Step one, you accuse the Chamber of Commerce, for example, of obtaining foreign funds for campaign purposes and demand they release their list of contributors. When they do, step two kicks in and your allies launch smear campaigns and/or boycotts against these companies. If you don’t believe me, just check out what happened to Target.

Fred 2 on October 11, 2010 at 2:04 PM

McCarthyism… yeah when he accused communist of being in the state departments…. o wait he was 100% correct that there were communist in the state department…. guess that bit of history is left out. I think McCarthy was a hero to this nation, and his reputation was attacked, and when he proved correct, never got an apology. Also…. he blacklisted communist Hollywood… hahahhahahahahahaha you saying they were not communist? or still not communist to this day?

Donut on October 11, 2010 at 2:19 PM

If the POTUS will lie about this, then what else will he lie about? He should be ashamed of himself for using this kind of thug tactic. He’s judgment is suspect in so many areas. Our country made a big mistake electing this man and we are paying of it.

d1carter on October 11, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Can we say NOW that the A$$irmative Actio@ experiment has failed?

dhunter on October 11, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Makes you pine for the days of Nixon’s paranoia, doesn’t it? Never thought he’d be topped.

ButterflyDragon on October 11, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Col.John Wm. Reed on October 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Dang, I’m stealing that!

lovingmyUSA on October 11, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Of course, Bill Clinton was funded by Chinese war lords and that was OK>

rgeaste on October 11, 2010 at 4:38 PM

“They can put this to rest,” said Joshua Earnest, a White House spokesman. “They have the keys to the file cabinet.”

Isn’t this the essence of “birtherism” ??

J_Crater on October 11, 2010 at 5:40 PM

In this country, the government has to prove its case, not the defendant, and even before making an accusation of wrongdoing usually has to have some evidence of the crime in the first place.

Geeze, if Barry were a lawyer, then he’d know these things.

obladioblada on October 11, 2010 at 5:58 PM

This kind of rhetoric is nothing short of McCarthyism. The government makes baseless accusations and then blames the people accused for not clearing themselves.

Swallowing Hollywood’s version of McCarthy, Ed’s progressive skirt is showing, lace and all.

McCarthy was right. Communists HAD infiltrated the US Federal Government. Those who were members of the Communist Party were not charged with baseless accusations for being communists. And if communists had extenuating circumstances as no longer affiliated, or nominally registered decades earlier in order to get a union job, but did not believe in socialism, they certainly had the opportunity to clear their reputation.

maverick muse on October 11, 2010 at 6:21 PM

It was never illegal to be a Communist in this country.
JohnGalt23 on October 11, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Hence, Communists in Federal Government when publicly exposed by McCarthy wouldn’t have faced prosecution and prison. But they’d likely lose their next re-election or appointment, things dependent upon the court of public opinion. And the American public had every right to hold Communism and communist activists and spies in disdain.

maverick muse on October 11, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Such a petty little man, someone needs to send him his big boy pants. I can’t wait till he is gone. He is making a mockery of the Presidential Office, I’m so sick and tired of it. I know I should have respect, but how in the hell can you have anything but disgust for this pos.

nwpammy on October 11, 2010 at 6:47 PM

“They can put this to rest,” said Joshua Earnest, a White House spokesman. “They have the keys to the file cabinet.”

Isn’t this the essence of “birtherism” ??

J_Crater on October 11, 2010 at 5:40 PM

LOL, excellent point.

Django on October 11, 2010 at 7:10 PM

The problem with charging someone with McCarthyism is that McCarthy was correct about communist infiltration of our culture. One of the victories of the left was to McCarthyism into a pejorative term. Remember that Bobby Kennedy was on McCarthy’s staff.

However, why is the Man Who Would Be King, our very own Emperor Jones, attacking the Chamber of Commerce of all things? Our they really the enemy of America, as opposed to CAIR, or the Muslim Brotherhood?

Dhuka on October 11, 2010 at 7:14 PM

This whole thing is really bizarre. They must be smoking weed at their political strategy sessions.

evergreen on October 11, 2010 at 8:29 PM

AnninCA is right.

For this to be like McCarthyism, McCarthy would have to have been a communist, and he wasn’t.

Merovign on October 11, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Key West Reader on October 11, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Thank you thank you thank you!

Merovign on October 11, 2010 at 9:24 PM

He is the highest law enforcement officer in the land, top of the food chain speaking. This fact of “what he is” rather than “who he is” makes any accusation of a crime committed by anyone (individual or corporate) profoundly chilling.

txmomof6 on October 11, 2010 at 11:56 PM

Obama seems to have gone through everyone he can think of to blame for the economy… and finally he gets to: the Chamber of Commerce. Blame blame blame…

What a very weird way to run a campaign.

Honesty, the Chamber of Commerce is simply not public enemy number one!

I guess Obama thought enough people didn’t know how very anti-business he really is and he would make sure they knew before they voted.

How did this idiot get to the Whitehouse? He is certainly not very smart.

petunia on October 12, 2010 at 1:32 AM

Glad this is what my president spends his time doing…

Particularly with a war on, and the worst economy in a generation.

Scrappy on October 12, 2010 at 3:59 AM

speaking of “keys to the filing cabinet” …

… and “putting things to rest” …

… and “going beyond current disclosure laws” …

and all i want is to just want to see one – just one (!) – little, teenie-weenie document that we know exists but is apparently so precious, so important, so utterly sacred that it can be handled solely by trustworthy Democrats lest the hoi polloi misunderstand or misapprehend (sorta like John Kerry’s DOD file) …

let the One fill out a waiver to the government of Hawaii, and I will join him in his jihad … i mean, umm, crusade (cough, cough) … against the wicked Chamber of Commerce, well known shill for foreigners (who I seem to recall all hated America in general, and the GOP in particular, the last time the Donks lectured me on the state of the world … what gives?)

or … dare I wonder … are EUROFASCISTS OUT TO DESTROY THE ONE? Or, is the … the joooooooooos, er, I mean, Zionists?

tryptic on October 12, 2010 at 5:34 AM

I note a recurring theme of democrats accusing the GOP of tatics that they themselves routinely implement.
Vashta.Nerada on October 11, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Someone Really needs to explain to Dems that Psychological thing caller “projection”.

DSchoen on October 12, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Just a though, shouldn’t this headline read

Obama’s attack on Chamber of Commerce “Unexpectedly” backfiring.

DSchoen on October 12, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Unbelievably stupid.
AnninCA on October 11, 2010 at 10:54 AM

“Unbelievably stupid” is a colossal understatement.

Were going to need a “new” word soon.

DSchoen on October 12, 2010 at 3:22 PM