The list: Obama’s campaign attacking private citizens again; Update: Backfire?

posted at 5:25 pm on April 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

Kimberley Strassel explains it all to you. Actual quote from The One’s attack website: “A closer look at Romney’s donors reveals a group of wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records. Quite a few have been on the wrong side of the law, others have made profits at the expense of so many Americans, and still others are donating to help ensure Romney puts beneficial policies in place for them.” This from a guy who’s still using Jon Corzine as a bundler.

Remember, when asked last month at his White House presser about Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke, the Unicorn Prince intoned that he doesn’t like to see private citizens attacked for their political advocacy. Here’s Strassel on how seriously he takes that:

Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust. Unlike senators or congressmen, presidents alone represent all Americans. Their powers — to jail, to fine, to bankrupt — are also so vast as to require restraint. Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats. This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice.

Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules. This past week, one of his campaign websites posted an item entitled “Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney’s donors.” In the post, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having “less-than-reputable records,” the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that “quite a few” have also been “on the wrong side of the law” and profiting at “the expense of so many Americans.”…

“We don’t tolerate presidents or people of high power to do these things,” says Theodore Olson, the former U.S. solicitor general. “When you have the power of the presidency — the power of the IRS, the INS, the Justice Department, the DEA, the SEC — what you have effectively done is put these guys’ names up on ‘Wanted’ posters in government offices.” Mr. Olson knows these tactics, having demanded that the 44th president cease publicly targeting Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries, which he represents. He’s been ignored.

The real crime of the men, as the website tacitly acknowledges, is that they have given money to Mr. Romney.

They’ve been demagoging the Kochs for months but the flaw in that tactic is that it doesn’t do much to intimidate other wealthy Republicans. Arguably, it achieves the opposite effect. The more lefty rage is directed at “the Kochtopus” as an all-purpose explanation for the country’s ills, the less attention is paid to lower-profile conservatives. If you want to pressure people into not donating to Romney, you’re better off spreading the hate around. Hence “the list.”

That said, while reading Strassel’s piece I kept thinking of this post from the other night about how many of Obama’s “policy” speeches have been transparently political over the last few months. In his case, part of the shock in seeing the president call out private citizens is lost because for months he’s seemed much more like a candidate than a C-in-C. That’s one of the reasons they’re hitting the Bin Laden anniversary so hard, I think — it’s not only one of his few unambiguous triumphs as president, it’s a rare moment when he was acting unambiguously as president. That’s a smart image to push while you’re busy smearing Romney’s “less-than-reputable” donors.

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Update: Patrick Ishmael e-mails with a good point:

Doesn’t this make it more likely that they’d donate to SuperPACs, where they can give unlimited amounts anonymously? And how exactly is that advantageous to Obama? At least Romney has to stand by his ads. He doesn’t have to do squat with American Crossroads and the rest.

Yep. If you’re worried about being hassled by Obama and his base, you’re better off sticking with Super PAC donations. That means even less transparency from political donors in the aggregate, but I’m not sure O minds that. He doesn’t really care about transparency, he cares about choking off funds to Romney’s campaign for organizational and other GOTV uses. Funneling rich donors away from that and entirely into Super PACs may be his best bet since many of them are bound to be donating heavily to Super PACs anyway.


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I thought the “Kochtopus” had something to do with Sandra Fluke.

The Mega Independent on April 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I would suggest a scrawny sorta-Muslim sorta-Christian sorta-White sorta-black child with an “untraditional” upbringing left little Barak very confused about his identity. It is the reason he went by the name Barry Soetero when he went off to college.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Actually, the best evidence is that he pulled the “Soetero” gag because he wanted a scholarship that was only available to foreign students, so therefore he pretended to be a native of Indonesia.

I don’t believe The Self-Exalted One has ever been “confused” about his identity, which he constructed himself.

I do believe that he is utterly convinced of his own greatness, and near-divinity. And as such, he believes that whatever he wants should be given to him, instantly. And that no rules or laws of any kind may be applied to him.

Because mortals do not dictate to a god.

By comparison, a god has the privilege of ordering sinners to be “chastised”. Or, if all else fails, smiting them himself.

I’m wondering how long it will be before The Messiah decides to start smiting all these “unbelievers”, if nothing else just to prove to his worshipers that he really is God.

And perhaps to, once and for all, prove it to himself, as well.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Obama will be coming after all of them and if he gets reelection. Fight while you can, folks.

Swerve22 on April 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

If you’re worried about being hassled by Obama and his base, you’re better off sticking with Super PAC donations. … [Obama] doesn’t really care about transparency, he cares about choking off funds to Romney’s campaign for organizational and other GOTV uses. Funneling rich donors away from that and entirely into Super PACs may be his best bet since many of them are bound to be donating heavily to Super PACs anyway.

Obama also cares greatly about choking off funds to Super PACs. The head of the SEC recently proposed a rule to require public corporations to disclose all political donations. And there’s an activist group (or groups) that are trying to accomplish the same thing through intimidation and shareholder action.

Syzygy on April 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I thought the “Kochtopus” had something to do with Sandra Fluke.

The Mega Independent on April 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

That’s the Fluketopus, not the Kochtopus.

Gladtobehere on April 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM

“Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules.Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules…”

I think it is time that the Super PACs start using some of that money and produce a few good political attack ads introducing the true character of Obowma to the American people…

Seven Percent Solution on April 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM

eon on April 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I can’t disagree with anything you posted. It is an equally plausible scenerio but more chilling because it would mean that all the damage this bastard has done to the nation was intentional.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I can’t disagree with anything you posted. It is an equally plausible scenerio but more chilling because it would mean that all the damage this bastard has done to the nation was intentional.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Awe c’mon he’s not as bad as that RINO Romney guy…

Swerve22 on April 27, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I can’t disagree with anything you posted. It is an equally plausible scenerio but more chilling because it would mean that all the damage this bastard has done to the nation was intentional.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Does not the Won bear a striking resemblance to Hugo Chavez? When all those dead Democrat voters check in and give him the landslide he so desires, maybe then it will become clear.

NOMOBO on April 27, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Quite a few have been on the wrong side of the law

This is true of Obama‘s donors, fans, visitors, confidantes, & pals.

itsnotaboutme on April 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Does not the Won bear a striking resemblance to Hugo Chavez? When all those dead Democrat voters check in and give him the landslide he so desires, maybe then it will become clear.

NOMOBO on April 27, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Idi Amin reportedly ate people because he believed that eating parts of a person gave you the strenth of that person. Doesn’t that remind you of a certain dog-eating POTUS?

Gladtobehere on April 27, 2012 at 9:46 PM

t is an equally plausible scenerio but more chilling because it would mean that all the damage this bastard has done to the nation was intentional.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM

That is how I see it.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 27, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Has Madame started encoding names in her knitting yet?

SukieTawdry on April 27, 2012 at 9:50 PM

In his case, part of the shock in seeing the president call out private citizens is lost because for months he’s seemed much more like a candidate than a C-in-C. That’s one of the reasons they’re hitting the Bin Laden anniversary so hard, I think — it’s not only one of his few unambiguous triumphs as president, it’s a rare moment when he was acting unambiguously as president

Actually it’s not. And it’s time to take off the gloves against this thug.

1. He waited months after they knew where bin Laden was before he gave the order.

2. When everything was ready to go, he waited for an additional 16 hours to think about it.

3. It is not beyond argument that he gave the order.

4. They had to drag him in off a golf course (where he hits 190 yard drives when he has a 2 club wind behind him) to watch the killing.

Basilsbest on April 27, 2012 at 9:50 PM

That’s one of the reasons they’re hitting the Bin Laden anniversary so hard, I think — it’s not only one of his few unambiguous triumphs as president, it’s a rare moment when he was acting unambiguously as president.

Of course it was an unambiguous action. There wasn’t enough room on this planet for both of them. Bin Laden was an interloper encroaching on Obully’s territory bcuz as far as he’s concerned–if anyone is gonna be terrorizing the American people, it’s gonna be the ol’ narcissist-in-chief himself, no assistance needed or wanted, interfere at your own peril.

stukinIL4now on April 27, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Joe the Plumber was on a list. Now he calls Bammer “his brother.”

We all used to joke about re-education camp.

LetsBfrank on April 27, 2012 at 9:56 PM

…did he eat an Irish Setter?…in that picture he looks like he’s on point for a duck!

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Joe the Plumber was on a list. Now he calls Bammer “his brother.”

We all used to joke about re-education camp.

LetsBfrank on April 27, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Obama’s real half-brother lives in a shack on a dollar a day. Soon, we’ll all be “Obama’s half-brother.”

Gladtobehere on April 27, 2012 at 10:04 PM

In his case, part of the shock in seeing the president call out private citizens is lost because for months he’s seemed much more like a candidate than a C-in-C. That’s one of the reasons they’re hitting the Bin Laden anniversary so hard, I think — it’s not only one of his few unambiguous triumphs as president, it’s a rare moment when he was acting unambiguously as president

Actually it’s not. Republicans, being patriots, gave the thug a pass. It’s time to take off the gloves.

1. Hussein waited months after he knew where bin Laden was before he gave the order.

2. When everything was ready to go, Hussein waited for an additional 16 hours to think about it.

3. It is not beyond argument that Hussein gave the order.

4. They had to drag Hussein in off a golf course (where he hits 190 yard drives when he has a 2 club wind behind him) to watch the killing.

Basilsbest on April 27, 2012 at 10:08 PM

The saddest thing,.. is that we finally have a president, who makes people actually fear a knock in the night.. Because no one,,…. no one.. who opposes this petty thug of a man, doesn’t accumulate these kinds of incidents in his head, and wonder.. when will they get around to slapping around people at my level..

Do those of us on Social Security now have to worry that we’ll get a letter informing us, there is a problem? if we’re activist enough against the Chicago thugacracy? Nudge… if you weren’t so antagonistic to the bestest president evah… things like this wouldn’t happen… sigh.. pity we’ll cut off your benefits..

but you should have gone along..

Too extreme?

When the president publishes lists of donors to his opponents, while explicitly urging his minions to go after them in a campaign of harassment..

How far done would they go?

Those of us who have been in a union or had dealings with them already know how far,.. they’ll break any law to get their way,…

mark81150 on April 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM

t is an equally plausible scenerio but more chilling because it would mean that all the damage this bastard has done to the nation was intentional.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM

That is how I see it.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 27, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Considering the vile nature of his academic zealots spread throughout his admistration, you’d have to be willfully blind to believe he wasn’t doing it on purpose.

mark81150 on April 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM

What’s the world come to, where we’re demonizing the successful, and praising those on welfare, for who they support politically. Those on welfare don’t contribute, they have an entitlement mentality, they raise juvenile delinquents … is there something noble in that lifestyle?

Paul-Cincy on April 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Sue him for slander, libel, and defamation of character.

Russ86 on April 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

The icing on the cake is this is the guy who’s campaign accepted illegal donations from foreign sources. I really can’t understand how so many people still think this jerk walks on water.

Browncoatone on April 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM

The guy’s a tool.

And don’t EVER forget it.

tree hugging sister on April 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

eon on April 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

You may laugh, but I think this is just a sign of his likely of eating monkey brains as a youth in Indonesia along with dog meat, snake and perhaps (endangered) tiger steak.
He has acquired a variant of CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakobs Disease)-

Early in the illness, patients usually experience psychiatric or sensory symptoms, which most commonly take the form of depression, apathy or anxiety, and occasionally (in a third of the cases) unusual persistent and painful sensory symptoms. Neurological signs, including unsteadiness, difficulty walking and involuntary movements, develop as the illness progresses and, by the time of death, patients become completely immobile and mute.

It could just be that he’s married to a mad cow and although I didn’t see “delusions of grandeur” in there, I suppose anything is possible with this won.

OkieDoc on April 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM

If he could only have lightning come from his fingers and had a Clone Army.

We might know if he’s the Master or the Apprentice.

PappyD61 on April 27, 2012 at 11:15 PM

OkieDoc on April 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Are you sure it isn’t “mad dog” disease? Perhaps the canines have gotten their revenge on Obama.

Gladtobehere on April 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM

where’s Jon Corzine when you really need him?

FerdtheMoonCat on April 28, 2012 at 1:16 AM

My father said the best way to drive a stalker crazy is to stalk them. Game on fool.

Molonlabe2004 on April 28, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Its the Chicago way…

IlikedAUH2O on April 28, 2012 at 3:34 AM

The Kochs have been driving lefties crazy for some time.


Last week the Kochs were shoved unwillingly into the spotlight by the most comprehensive journalistic portrait of them yet, written by Jane Mayer of The New Yorker. Her article caused a stir among those in Manhattan’s liberal elite who didn’t know that David Koch, widely celebrated for his cultural philanthropy, is not merely another rich conservative Republican but the founder of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which, as Mayer writes with some understatement, “has worked closely with the Tea Party since the movement’s inception”. To New Yorkers who associate the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet, it’s startling to learn that the Texas branch of that foundation’s political arm, known simply as Americans for Prosperity, gave its Blogger of the Year Award to an activist who had called President Obama “cokehead in chief.”

On the subject of this administration’s attempt to destroy the economy deliberately:

Gifts, bribes and investments in all kinds of things to secure favors are ordinary business overseas. The gov’t is trying to remove that tool from US business. Of course, beyond the standard of the current Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. And the SEC will help:

http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/59250685/soros-vs-exxon-no-exemptions-oil-payments

The article reports on the recommendation of billionaire investor George Soros to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for it to require oil companies such as Exxon Corp to disclose foreign payments.

This can really hurt our giant exporters and most profitable enterprises and that means American jobs and national GDP, folks.

IlikedAUH2O on April 28, 2012 at 3:48 AM

I can’t disagree with anything you posted. It is an equally plausible scenerio but more chilling because it would mean that all the damage this bastard has done to the nation was intentional.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Do a little studying on Critical Race Theory & Black Liberation Theology ( which basically boils down to the government/institutions/laws of this country are designed to keep all the power in the hands of white people & ensure black people remain powerless & the only way for black people to get power is to destroy the government/institutions/laws) and you will see that even if Obama wasn’t the narcissistic sociopath that he is (and he definitely is) that yes, it is all intentional.

That’s why I have no patience with those who say Obama & Romney “are basically the same.” B.S. of the highest order. Romney’s not perfect, but he’s no student of Derrick Bell & Rev. Wright.

Dark Star on April 28, 2012 at 4:08 AM

Above the fray? LOL. If Obama is above anything, it’s the paygrade.

ndanielson on April 28, 2012 at 5:25 AM

When this story came to light, I immediately went to Romney’s site and made a donation. Count me among those on the “enemies list” of Obama, if Obama wants to play that way.

I’m just wondering if Carville will get any face time with Obama and tell him and his team to quit shooting themselves in the foot. I hope not, though they probably wouldn’t listen anyway to some Louisiana cracker.

Must suck when your ego gets in the way of reality.

Not to mention that the tactics the One used in the past are coming back to be used against him. Alinsky, tit for tat, new media and all.

ProfShadow on April 28, 2012 at 6:17 AM

romney is still a milquetoast who sucks!

Pragmatic on April 28, 2012 at 6:53 AM

romney is still a milquetoast who sucks!

Pragmatic on April 28, 2012 at 6:53 AM

It doesn’t matter, his campaign management isn’t.

tinkerthinker on April 28, 2012 at 8:34 AM

That’s the Fluketopus, not the Kochtopus.

Gladtobehere on April 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I thought it was Krocthopus.

MikeA on April 28, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Basilsbest on April 27, 2012 at 10:08 PM

NAILED IT!

Remember the picture of Obama’s face in the War Room? Remember that shot?

Remember the picture of him going into the secure War Room in his shorts, fresh off the golf course?

Fernstrohm should turn this all around on Obama by mocking this end-zone ball spiking since Obama didn’t want to do it–and there are lots of reports about that following the event–and had to be “sent out of the room” so he wouldn’t botch the whole damn thing.

So, Romney’s team just ought to give Obama “credit” in the most damning manner–by showing the picture of Obama’s face at the moment of the raid–with that look of sheer terror. It says everything about how crass Obama is to take credit for it.


A 15 second ad: First, a shot of Obama’s face in the war room, linger on that shot for a full 10 seconds, underneath it the text: When Presidents make “bold” decisions [because the look on his face is one of stark terror] they deserve to take the credit. Then the picture of the President entering the WH in his shorts, fresh off the golf course, underneath it the text: President Obama, boldly taking credit for hitting the birdie.

mountainaires on April 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Quite a few have been on the wrong side of the law

Riffing on what the Israelis say about the Arabs: if you want to know what Democrats are up to, just take careful note of what they are accusing Republicans of doing. Works every time.

drunyan8315 on April 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

mountainaires on April 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

People do not take positive comments well.

I praise and I argue and insult when I feel it is necessary.

But as for your ad, I really like that.

You are better than the RNC!

IlikedAUH2O on April 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM

“But it still matters that the president doesn’t have a coherent agenda, or a political philosophy that is really clear to people.”

So where is the “Obama Plan” for a second term ?

Adm. Painter
: What’s his plan?
Jack Ryan: His plan?
Adm. Painter: Russians don’t take a dump, son, without a plan.

If Obama were Russian, we would know he is full of …

J_Crater on April 28, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Yep. If you’re worried about being hassled by Obama and his base, you’re better off sticking with Super PAC donations. That means even less transparency from political donors in the aggregate, but I’m not sure O minds that.

There ya go! THROW your Conservative convictions into the dirt! Become liberal for the sake of the GOP today!!!

Things will only get worse.

DannoJyd on April 28, 2012 at 3:21 PM

I thought the “Kochtopus” had something to do with Sandra Fluke.

The Mega Independent on April 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

i thought it had to do with van morrison or bob dylan or robin williams. oh wait thats…

t8stlikchkn on April 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

What’s the world come to, where we’re demonizing the successful, and praising those on welfare, for who they support politically. Those on welfare don’t contribute, they have an entitlement mentality, they raise juvenile delinquents … is there something noble in that lifestyle?

Paul-Cincy on April 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM

dude, “welfare” aint the problem. its middle class entitlements. people with 65k annual pensions that get all their medical care paid for because they made it over the 65 line. or folks with coin in bank and still receive soc secur. thats what the problem is. medicare (for the rich/mid cl) and medcaid (partially) and soc secur. “welfare” is a drop in the bucket; it is to entitlements as the buffet rule is to the deficit. get it? nothing. not worth worrying about. you gotta look at the math. all the reverse robin hood going on: the young/lower income, supporting the rich(er)/old. the lowest icnome quintile supporting the most affluent quintile. therein the REAL issue lies. that paul ryans been bleating about for 3 years. that is GOING to be dealt with, or we are all doomed. if you are under 55, and you got anything at all you can run togeteher, get used to it, there aint no more free lunch. your kids cant afford it.

t8stlikchkn on April 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

“That’s one of the reasons they’re hitting the Bin Laden anniversary so hard, I think — it’s not only one of his few unambiguous triumphs as president, it’s a rare moment when he was acting unambiguously as president.”

Bin Laden’s whereabouts first became known in September 2010. Leon Panetta kept trying for eight months to get Obama to authorize an attack on the compound, but Obama kept voting PRESENT. Finally, Panetta was able to convince Obama to let Panetta make the decision (and take responsibility). The official picture shows that Obama was called off the golf couse when the raid went down. Obama didn’t have a clue about any of it, he was just PRESENT.

nofreelunch on April 29, 2012 at 9:39 AM

All the while College students will be taking their multi-thousand dollar student loan refund checks and promptly depositing them into the Obama Campaign’s warchest.

At least those political donations will have a nice low interest rate.

weaselyone on April 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM

WE NEED A LITTLE TIT-FOR-TAT

tomyj1 on April 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

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