DNC presses Pentagon for records on potential 2012 GOP presidential contenders

posted at 11:03 am on October 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It’s never too early to do oppo research, apparently.  Even before the conclusion of the midterm elections, the DNC has filed FOIA requests for official correspondence between the Pentagon and a raft of potential GOP challengers, including Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and even Bobby Jindal.  While it’s not illegal to seek these records — indeed, the FOIA mechanism exists to protect government transparency — the move has certainly raised eyebrows:

The Democratic National Committee formally has asked the Pentagon for reams of correspondence between military agencies and nine potential Republican presidential candidates, a clear indication that Democrats are building opposition-research files on specific 2012 contenders even before the midterm elections.

An internal Army e-mail obtained by ABC News indicates that the DNC has filed Freedom of Information Act requests for “any and all records of communication” between Army departments and agencies and each of the nine Republicans — all of whom are widely mentioned as possible challengers to President Obama.

The agencies are asked to respond to the request by this Friday, just four days before Election Day.

The nine Republicans that Democrats are seeking information on are former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska; former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.; Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind.; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.

Putting aside for the moment the creepy factor in doing this, shouldn’t the DNC be concerned with more immediate priorities?  Perhaps they have written off the midterm elections, too.  The race for the Republican nomination will probably not start in earnest until next summer, and FOIA requests usually have to get a response within 30 days, at least an initial response.  What’s the rush?  Is the DNC staff that bored with just four days to go before Election Day?

Also, the shotgun approach seems a little inefficient, doesn’t it?  The DNC will have plenty of time to discern which candidates have momentum in December 2011 and January 2012.  They can always keep the records on hand for other re-election efforts, but the volume will keep oppo researchers busy for quite some time.  The DNC, for instance, requested data on Gingrich going back to 1979 — and he’s a man who hasn’t run for office in almost 15 years.  Bobby Jindal doesn’t appear to be doing any fundraising for a 2012 campaign, but they want records going back to 1996, when he became the head of Louisiana’s Health and Human Services administration.  Why not just wait until the race narrows down to three or four serious contenders?

In 2012, the election will hinge on Barack Obama’s performance in office and the state of the economy.  It seems that the DNC has already started on their strategy to distract from both.  Voters can reach the obvious conclusions.


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BobMbx on October 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Hmmmmmmmm……I wonder what the response would be if there was the opposite situation……Hmmmmmmmmm………

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Can the RNC request Obama college transcripts and “such”?

PappyD61 on October 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM

They are bored…need some fresh meat to work on.

belad on October 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

This is scary sh!t.

Police state coming?

katy on October 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM

“An uphill journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

Yes We Can! Change is on the way! oops! no wait…

cartooner on October 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

So what’s the leftist Democrat trash trolling for? Grades? Birth Certificates? Records of the spouse’s duties, while employed at $300k per year? What was said during a speech given to a Muslim organization?

Curious, with the record of our Pu$$y in Chief going to extremes to hide his past, he’s so interested in others.

MNHawk on October 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Drag their asses before the new GOP Congress and put them under oath starting in January.

Good Lt on October 28, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I wonder if the DNC will use any of the correspondence out of context?

mankai on October 28, 2010 at 11:12 AM

This is Nixonian.

Very nice hope and change, Barry.

Keep it up and you may have a military which won’t act on your command.

molonlabe28 on October 28, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Panic.

gryphon202 on October 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Dumbasses forgot John Bolton.

fossten on October 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM

The RNC should submit identical paperwork, but with just one name – Barack Obama. In fact it would be interesting if they could just redact out a name the Democrats have entered and then write in Barack Obama.

huckleberryfriend on October 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Brietbart (Big Govt) twitters a link where everyone in alaska can fill out two forms and get their names on the write in ballot if they do it today.

http://tinyurl.com/255uqgh

Haunches on October 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM

2012: The Mother of All Battles

BobMbx on October 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM

It’s all related to that Mayan Calender deal, don’t ‘cha know…

Bruno Strozek on October 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Well they can save their time investigating Palin. They sent dozens of hacks to Alaska in 2008 and couldn’t find anything on her. I’m certain they’ll continue to make up stuff about her, but that doesn’t require the Pentagon.

Doughboy on October 28, 2010 at 11:18 AM

It’s never too early to do oppo research, apparently.

Not when it’s the only thing you have. They’re using the Sestak model apparently.

Too bad for them the Republican nominee probably isn’t even on their list.

forest on October 28, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Creepy beyond all comprehension although should we expect anything less?
We know nothing about Obama, except he sucks as POTUS,and they want to know everything about these people who MIGHT run.

ORconservative on October 28, 2010 at 11:19 AM

They want to get as much information as Hillary Clinton has. Heck if the DNC was as united as they would have us believe all they would have to do is ask the Clintons for their research.

fourdeucer on October 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

The RNC should submit identical paperwork, but with just one name – Barack Obama.
huckleberryfriend on October 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Barack Obama? Pentagon? FOIA Fail.

In order to get any of Barry’s past, the RNC would have to file a FOIA request with Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright…anyone BUT the Pentagon, unless Barry is mentioned in some of Ayers’s terroristic threats.

ChrisB on October 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Creepy beyond all comprehension although should we expect anything less?
We know nothing about Obama, except he sucks as POTUS,and they want to know everything about these people who MIGHT run.

ORconservative on October 28, 2010 at 11:19 AM

It’s just so much easier for the Donks to dumpster-dive looking through the garbage than it is for them to pass any legislation that improves the country.

ChrisB on October 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Well now sine the FOIA has been outsourced & they are purposely stone-walling the release of documents, then I’m sure they will do the same for any & all records of potential conservative candidates./

Badger40 on October 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM

It may be legal but still uber creepy. Soon enough there will be libs sneaking into their yards and sifting through the trash.

Bunker. Dig. Me. Deeper.

Bishop on October 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Also, the shotgun approach seems a little inefficient, doesn’t it?

I disagree, respectfully. With one letter they are working on the whole GOP team. Any one of the 12 that does not run for President, will help campaign for the ones that do. IF there is something they can take out of context, it will harm by association.

I think the GOP should copy the letter and submit a FOIA request with the name of every democrat candidate in every State legislature on up. Want someone to scream foul, make em really scream foul.

barnone on October 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

What, no Chris Christie? ;-)

Hannibal Smith on October 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Remember the FBI files in the White House during Bubba’s regime? This is typical democrat modus operendi. And conservatives are called nazis and fascists

Bevan on October 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM

They might find out that when Hurricane Gustav was approaching Louisiana in August 2008, Gov. Jindal requested out-of-state National Guard troops to help with emergency rescues, and Gov. Palin provided them. That little thingy about partnership between sovereign states–Governors are smart people–they get it!!!

Now, what will the Pentagon tell us about what Senator Obama was doing while the “surge” was building in Iraq?

Steve Z on October 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Obutthead did tell Jon Stewart, that they’ve done things we don’t even know about. Perhaps this is related to that.

This man cannot be re-elected. He’s a danger to every citizen. Even the kool aid drinkers.

capejasmine on October 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

The DNC is creating jobs ahead of the coming wave of unemployed democrats.

loudmouth883 on October 28, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Barack Obama? Pentagon? FOIA Fail.

In order to get any of Barry’s past, the RNC would have to file a FOIA request with Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright…anyone BUT the Pentagon, unless Barry is mentioned in some of Ayers’s terroristic threats.

ChrisB on October 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Do they have a FOIA in Kenya or Indonesia?

Steve Z on October 28, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Soon enough there will be libs sneaking into their yards and sifting through the trash.

Bishop on October 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

The liberal writer Joe McGinniss moved next door to the Palins for largely the same purpose already.

ChrisB on October 28, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Just confirmation that Obama has the mind of a child. He trys to incite racial hatred into the fray with the Latinos by telling them to “punish your enemies”. Now a week before the election an adolescent attempt to intimidate anyone seeking the presidecy by asking for personal records so the attacks on them can begin as the elections are over. Liberals know they are a minute minority with their only hope is inciting racial hatred and class warfare. When you can’t win by the Constitution, destroy it and incite the racists and hatemongers that make up the democratic base. Its all they have and have ever had. Democrat = HATE. Behar, Maher, Scultz and Olbermann are leading the pack, but instead of inciting anger and rage, they are becoming laughingstocks.

volsense on October 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM

So you’re saying the Democratic National Committee puts Sarah Palin at the top of their suspected list of challengers to Obama?

Wow. That should be the headline.

MadisonConservative on October 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Remember the FBI files in the White House during Bubba’s regime? This is typical democrat modus operendi. And conservatives are called nazis and fascists

Bevan on October 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I remember cattlefuturesgate monicagate cigargate & that guy who was shoving national archive documents down his pants & in his socks.

Badger40 on October 28, 2010 at 11:38 AM

How much correspondence do state governors usually have with the Pentagon?

TexasDan on October 28, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Wow. That should be the headline.

MadisonConservative on October 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM

+100

Badger40 on October 28, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Can the RNC request Obama college transcripts and “such”?

PappyD61 on October 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Racist! How dare you delve into Dear Liar’s past.

rbj on October 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM

that guy who was shoving national archive documents down his pants & in his socks.

Badger40 on October 28, 2010 at 11:38 AM

C’mon. It was cold outside and he forgot his long johns.

TexasDan on October 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM

The sad thing is that if they find anything, then they will sit on it and talk the guy up until he wins the nomination. Then the story will break October 2012.

jeffn21 on October 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Also, the shotgun approach seems a little inefficient, doesn’t it?

How would anyone know that this shotgun approach isn’t just a show, most of the people on the list already have very public records. They may be seeking information on a couple of the folks on the list and just trying to keep everyone off balance while the real focus is on one or two targets.

fourdeucer on October 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Police state coming?

I’ve been sounding that alarm since LBJ. The typical response ranges “crackpot” to “NAZI”. Too bad people didn’t want to get their heads out of their rectums, but oh well, I can’t stop them if they really want to be slaves.

oldleprechaun on October 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

2012: The Mother of All Battles

BobMbx on October 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Nope – if the wave is big enough on Tuesday it will ignite the biggest war in the Democratic party you have ever seen.

The party is about to take a HARD LIST TO PORT (LEFT) – because those will be the only Democrats left standing in the House.

If the wave is big enough – it will kick in “survival instinct” among the Dims with common sense. This will ignite a war that the LEFT won’t be able to extinguish until AFTER 2012.

HondaV65 on October 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Mike Pence sneaks through for the win.

Demorats: “Goda**it! How did we miss him???”

Bishop on October 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Democrats only have one policy that works in the real world–character assassination.

RBMN on October 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Is the DNC staff that bored with just four days to go before Election Day?

They’re awfully busy breaking the law. Why the GOP and conservative bloggers (or Democrat party donors and supporters, for that matter) aren’t screaming about this from the rooftops, I’m sure I can’t say.

I mean seriously, since when are Democrat party donor and contact lists considered collateral on $32 million dollars in loans?

More to the point, are those lists worth anywhere near the amount of these loans?

Because if they’re not, then the loan could be ruled a DONATION to the DNC, and that, coming from the bank, would be black-letter illegal.

Gee, given that Bank of America is accused of serious due process violations related to foreclosures, and has admitted to 102,000 “robosigned” documents which can be argued is an admission of the commission of 102,000 counts of perjury, do we have an appearance of bribery to go with the appearance of an illegitimate “campaign donation”?

Rae on October 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Don’t forget this is also a way to threaten potential candidates by letting them know the libbies are “lookin at you.”

Let’s face it. Between now and election day 2012 we are going to see the nastiest, most down and dirty, despicable behavior and endless campaign lies all thanks to the left. Their actions are going to be FAR worse than anything we’ve seen this election season, especially should Palin throw her hat into the ring and make a run for the White House.

I would imagine any up and coming film makers, screen writers and dirt diggers from the left are going to find themselves able to demand whatever pay they want. They’re going to be given free rein to create whatever nasty little clips and infomercials they can to help the “cause.”

No, I’m not saying they’ll all be ginned up, faked “gotcha” spots, but I am saying we’re likely to see some pretty fantastical claims made into slick ads that appeal to the mindless voter. After all, Jerry Brown is poised to get another shot at the California governorship, largely because the people in that state can’t be bothered to ask themselves who helped an illegal worker get national exposure for her vicious untruths and why her claims were made with the help of a long time Brown supporter less than a month before election day. They haven’t been bothered by the behavior of members of the Brown campaign who seem to be rather rude and uncouth and unable to refer to their opponents in a manner suited to a more classy mindset. Californians as a whole just don’t seem to be all that concerned that they’re going to give control of the state government back to a man who screwed the pooch pretty badly the last time he was in charge.

Were it any other place BUT California, I’d be looking for some weird drug, brain washing or something. But alas, it being the land of wacky weed and weirdos for all, this ridiculous record of giving power to crooks isn’t all that shocking.

Mad Mad Monica on October 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Losers! My name wasn’t on the list. Welcome to a little Nethicus 2012 action baby!

Nethicus on October 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

I think to get similar opposition research on 0bama, you might have to have Counterintelligence at the FBI declassify a few things….oh yeah, I went there.

Sekhmet on October 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Can the RNC request Obama college transcripts and “such”?

PappyD61 on October 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM
Very best question of the day!!!

mobydutch on October 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

So you’re saying the Democratic National Committee puts Sarah Palin at the top of their suspected list of challengers to Obama?

Wow. That should be the headline.

MadisonConservative on October 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM

DNC Enemy #1! If that isn’t a badge of honor I don’t know what is.

Gang-of-One on October 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

C’mon. It was cold outside and he forgot his long johns.

TexasDan on October 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM

I guess tiny packages freeze a lot faster than big ones.

Badger40 on October 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

This will ignite a war that the LEFT won’t be able to extinguish until AFTER 2012.

HondaV65 on October 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I think this is in preparation for 2012. The Dems are split with the Clinton faction and the hard left Obama faction. They have already split on a number of endorsements and the Clinton camp already has oppo research from FBI files and the DNC needs to know what the Clintons know.

fourdeucer on October 28, 2010 at 11:54 AM

My guess is that it is “The Eyebrow’s” bungling at work here. He was very, very lame as governor of Virginia and not known as the sharpest tool in the shed. Here’s a real example I have posted before: Kane did not know that Delaware does not border Virginia, even after being our gov for 3 1/2 years. I think it is reasonable to expect a state’s executive to at least know what states border it. But, not Tim Kaine. Oy! Now he’s slated to go into academia after the election. Hopefully at least not in a classroom capacity.

JimP on October 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Politico

© October 4, 2010
By Mike Allen and Josh Gerstein

Democratic insiders are taking the temperature of some top party donors about the possibility of naming White House press secretary Robert Gibbs as chairman of the Democratic National Committee heading into President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, senior officials tell POLITICO

.

Gibbs as DNC chairmen, we know where his loyalties are.

fourdeucer on October 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Politico
Democratic insiders are taking the temperature…about the possibility of naming White House press secretary Robert Gibbs as chairman of the DNC

fourdeucer on October 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

So presumably they’re using a rectal thermometer to do it…

ChrisB on October 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

So FOIA was just a front. Imagine that. It wasn’t never about our “freedom” but their power grab.

shick on October 28, 2010 at 12:07 PM

I’d almost prefer this is how they spend their time so long as they aren’t f@cking with the economy, bussing in illegals or nationalizing more private industry.

Alden Pyle on October 28, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Shot across the bow, pure and simple. This is a tired, Chicago Thugocracy tactic used solely to intimidate. You sure you wanna run and subject your family to this? (Taps nightstick on palm)

Kataklysmic on October 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Sooo. The smart Conservatives and the DNC go after Sarah Palin. Hmmm. Do they listen to Maher, too?

kingsjester on October 28, 2010 at 12:14 PM

The RNC should just submit about 100 names for potential candidates…

right2bright on October 28, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Heh. This from the most transparent administration evah.

Buy Danish on October 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM

This is scary sh!t.

Police state coming?

katy on October 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM

I’m a software developer. You don’t want to know how well the Feds have their act together on databases.

Who is John Galt on October 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

I’m a software developer. You don’t want to know how well the Feds have their act together on databases.

Who is John Galt on October 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

I’d like to know.

capejasmine on October 28, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Seems like since the cheating has started already for the midterms, we should expect them to pull out all the stops to save Obama in 2012

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on October 28, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Coming soon…

DNC presses the Pentagon, the FBI, IRS, employers, internet service providers, churches, school children, and supermarket discount card data bases for information about potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate supporters.

Cause they will roll like that too if they can (bold info will go directly to Miss Mama Toldya Notta Eatdat).

RalphyBoy on October 28, 2010 at 1:05 PM

The Pentagon needs to tell the DNC to ‘bugger off’.

And just how much in US Taxpayer money will be spent on this fishing expedition?

GarandFan on October 28, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Ed – What interested me about the request was that it also sought to find out who else requested information on any of these potential candidates. They may really be trying to find out if any Dems are seeking this information as that might indicate a possible primary challenger. Or it may be a smoke screen to get info on one person but they want it to appear as a campaign request.

Done That on October 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM

The sad thing is that if they find anything, then they will sit on it and talk the guy up until he wins the nomination. Then the story will break October 2012.

jeffn21 on October 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

You nailed it. Maybe it’s the RNC that should be making these FOIA requests.

mrsmwp on October 28, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Kaine’s hair cracks me up.

greggriffith on October 28, 2010 at 2:50 PM

If the RNC submits a list of names it will be a signal that they believe the democratics will have a knock-down primary. I am not sure Bammie will even run, he might do an LBJ.

slickwillie2001 on October 28, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Hey you DNC liberals, don’t forget video rentals and library checkouts!

But seriously folks, the DNC doesn’t have to do this. They have NYT/WAPO/NPR/PBS/ABC/NBC/CBS/MSNBC/CNN/CourtTV/BET/UNI/MTV, Media Splatters, Markatstopokos, MoveOn, the Code Pink Hags, Gloria Allred, and all of Nazi stooge George Soros cover groups to do it for them.

slickwillie2001 on October 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Why not just wait until the race narrows down to three or four serious contenders?

Primarily because there are certain contenders they want in the race, and others they clearly want excluded. If they can mold the race early as they did in 2008 then they increase their chances of winning.

sharrukin on October 28, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Re Bammie in 2012, there’s also this: Democratic C-War Underway

“The long knives are going to come out after the election, when Democrats wake up to the damage Barack Obama has done to their party. I have long suspected that there will be a serious effort behind the scenes to get him off the ticket in 2012, as happened to LBJ, or even out of the Oval Office before his term is over. Those Democrats who want to survive in office — particularly those Senators facing re-election in 201 — will see Obama at the top of the ticket as their pathway to political oblivion, along with their party.”

Is this why he wants to cool his heels in India?

slickwillie2001 on October 28, 2010 at 3:30 PM

This is a non-event. BFD is what I say. Both parties do oppo research all the time!!

Tom66 on October 28, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Why not just wait until the race narrows down to three or four serious contenders?

Dem primaries narrowing them down at the same time – if other than Obama to be the candidate, early oppo research on Repubs could help strategize which Dem to support.

epsilon on October 28, 2010 at 5:27 PM

The sad thing is that if they find anything, then they will sit on it and talk the guy up until he wins the nomination. Then the story will break October 2012.

jeffn21 on October 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

You nailed it. Maybe it’s the RNC that should be making these FOIA requests.

mrsmwp on October 28, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Never happen. Sounds like a job after this election’s dust settles, for the Tea Party or other outside group, to submit requests for both major parties’ potential candidates’ info.

epsilon on October 28, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Why isn’t my name on that list?

WHY ISN’T MY NAME ON THAT LIST?

- Rick Santorum

pain train on October 28, 2010 at 5:53 PM

There’s stuff about Sarah Palin that hasn’t been picked through yet?

ddrintn on October 28, 2010 at 6:01 PM