Should Romney demand that Obama release his college records in exchange for tax returns?

posted at 12:01 pm on August 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

That’s the suggestion from former Libertarian Party VP candidate Wayne Allen Root, who graduated in the same disciplines as Barack Obama at the same time (1983) from the same college, Columbia University.  If Harry Reid wants to play the “there must be something scary in those records” game, why not challenge Obama by offering to release 10 years of tax returns if Obama will release 10 years of college records?

Obama and his infamous strategist David Axelrod understand how to play political hardball, the best it’s ever been played. Team Obama has decided to distract America’s voters by condemning Mitt Romney for not releasing enough years of his tax returns. It’s the perfect cover. Obama knows the best defense is a bold offense. Just keep attacking Mitt and blaming him for secrecy and evasion, while accusing him of having a scandal that doesn’t exist. Then ask followers like Senator Harry Reid to chase the lead. The U.S. Senate Majority Leader appears to now be making up stories out of thin air, about tax returns he knows nothing about. It’s a cynical, brilliant, and vicious strategy. Make Romney defend, so he can’t attack the real Obama scandal.

This is classic Axelrod. Obama has won several elections in his career by slandering his opponents and leaking sealed documents. Not only do these insinuations and leaks ruin the credibility and reputation of Obama’s opponents, they keep them on the defensive and off Obama’s trail of sealed documents. …

My answer for Romney? Call Obama’s bluff.

Romney should call a press conference and issue a challenge in front of the nation. He should agree to release more of his tax returns, only if Obama unseals his college records. Simple and straight-forward. Mitt should ask “What could possibly be so embarrassing in your college records from 29 years ago that you are afraid to let America’s voters see? If it’s THAT bad, maybe it’s something the voters ought to see.” Suddenly the tables are turned. Now Obama is on the defensive.

My bet is that Obama will never unseal his records because they contain information that could destroy his chances for re-election. Once this challenge is made public, my prediction is you’ll never hear about Mitt’s tax returns ever again.

I admit that this scenario would give some satisfaction after Reid’s attack-dog McCarthyism of the past week or so.  There is precedent for release of both tax returns and college records; in 2004, both candidates released at least part of their college records, which showed that George W. Bush had a slightly better undergrad GPA than John Kerry, and both earned good grades in pursuit of their post-graduate degrees.  Other than that, the topic was completely uninteresting, because it had little to do with the issues in the election, and also because they came out early — well before either campaign could build a sustained narrative about them.

Tax returns hold the same cachet and relevance.  They’re usually dry affairs, especially for people who can afford to have professional preparation for their tax returns.  As I wrote earlier, they don’t really serve any purpose but to allow critics to seize on legal income and tax structuring in order to paint their opponents as too rich to trust.  That’s exactly what Barack Obama and David Axelrod want to do with Romney, which is why he’s balking at releasing any more of his returns.  The risk for Romney is that the refusal makes him look secretive, which Team Obama has already claimed, when in fact it’s no one’s business what’s in his tax returns.  Romney, just like all other politicians at the federal level, is required to make disclosures about his wealth in order to disclose potential conflicts of interest, which is what is actually relevant to the pursuit of public office.

People have criticized Obama for not releasing his college records, especially in 2008, when he ran as a super-intelligent outsider whose lack of experience was an asset to bringing a fresh perspective to Washington and policy.  Poor grades would certainly have been relevant at that time, but probably not so much today.  (Root argues in his piece that he thinks Obama scored scholarships as a “foreign exchange” student based on his years spent in Indonesia, but Obama had been in the US all through his high-school years, so that doesn’t seem very plausible.)

The problem for Romney in this kind of strategy is that it will serve as a distraction from his central premise: that Obama’s record as President shows that his policies have failed, and that the US needs new leadership, especially on the economy.  Even if he did adopt this strategy, the Obama campaign has Harry Reid playing Tail Gunner Joe on this issue, keeping a safe distance from the mud-slinging.  Even if, as Root supposes, Axelrod has been running Reid as a front man, a Romney challenge on Obama’s college records won’t shut Reid up.  Instead, Romney will end up punching below his weight, way off message, while Team Obama stays ostensibly on the sidelines and benefits from the derailing of Romney’s messaging. And by making the offer at all, Romney legitimizes the demand for the release of his tax returns.

In the end, Obama’s betting that people care more about Romney’s tax returns than their own pocketbooks.  If they stick with that strategy, they’re going to be in for a rude surprise in November — and the more the economy slides toward recession, the more the reminders of Romney’s business success might backfire on Obama.

Update: A couple of commenters are angry with me for using the term “McCarthyism,” claiming that the communist infiltration that Joe McCarthy claimed turned out to be real.  But that’s not what the term means.  As I wrote two years ago in another context, Joe McCarthy may have been right in general, but he ended up doing a lot of damage:

Note: People objected yesterday to the use of the word “McCarthyism” in my post, but I use it for two reasons.  First, it’s a term that the Left throws out with abandon any time people dissent from their orthodoxy and have the temerity to question their motivations.  Second, it is a clear, concise description that immediately conveys the kind of guilty-until-proven-innocent abuse of power from government officials when it occurs.

Some people objected because later information proved Joe McCarthy correct in general about Communist infiltration in the government, but that doesn’t acquit McCarthy of his abuse of power.  He accused people without evidence, many of them the wrong people, and did so as a representative of the government that is supposed to protect the individual presumption of innocence until evidence proves contrary.  McCarthy was a dangerous man, and perhaps even more for the discredit he heaped on the anti-Communist effort when the Soviet Union was at its most aggressive.

Specifically, McCarthy smeared people as Communists or Communist sympathizers when he didn’t have evidence to back up those claims, then demanded that they prove themselves innocent rather than him proving their guilt.  It was a despicable tactic then, and it’s a despicable tactic now.  No one should waste time trying to rehabilitate McCarthy.


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Obama, Reid, Pelosi, etc. would like nothing better than for Mr. Romney to focus on Obama’s college transcripts. It would be a foolhardy thing for him to do and he would gain absolutely nothing from it except being labeled a truther.

Once the fraud in chief is out of office though, he might want to have him investigated further and perhaps pass some laws that make it impossible for us to elect another poseur.

scalleywag on August 7, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Forgot the question mark:

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Don’t you have any response on Obama’s culpability for Gunwalkergate?

Chip on August 7, 2012 at 12:47 PM

You know perfectly well (or maybe you don’t, I suppose I shouldn’t overestimate your intelligence) that the college records issue is primarily driven by birthers who have convinces themselves there is evidence of foreign birth or dual citizenship or something on those records. That you’ve gotten caught up in the college transcripts debate for non-birther reasons shows your willingness to cling to *any* anti-Obama rhetoric without thinking of its origins. Classic ODS.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Wrong. The call for his grades is because he’s been touted as the most intelligent president ever, a man of great accomplishment. But he regularly says things that are ignorant and wrong.

How long until you call us racists?

gwelf on August 7, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Used to be it was assasins and spies who had no history. We expand the list to Presidents

Obama handlers made a bet that challenging Obama’s roots would be challenging Obama’s race. Race, the ultimate cover

By having a missing youth, and no witnesses to a concocted youth, the handlers can fabricate, but not too much, because Obama is no wizard and he has to keep track of the story line. If Ayers had been black, they wouldnt be in this mess, because Ayers knows the story better

entagor on August 7, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The problem for Romney in this kind of strategy is that it will serve as a distraction from his central premise: that Obama’s record as President shows that his policies have failed, and that the US needs new leadership, especially on the economy.

Not so, lute-fisk breath!
It is highly relevant!

“I have it on good authority that Obama is hiding the fact that he failed Economics in college. I will release 10 more years of tax returns if Obama will release his Occidental and Columbia transcripts.”

Dexter_Alarius on August 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

You said: “Root argues in his piece that he thinks Obama scored scholarships as a “foreign exchange” student based on his years spent in Indonesia, but Obama had been in the US all through his high-school years, so that doesn’t seem very plausible.”

In an ideal world, yes. But in reality, Barry’s years of American high school would not have disqualified him from receiving status as a “foreign exchange student.” That’s just how these things work.

Whitewolf7070 on August 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM

What the Fluke does any of that have to do with Obama being sold as the most brilliant human being ever? What is in those transcripts that makes Obama believe his brilliance will be tarnished?

NotCoach on August 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

No. Enough squirrels. BTW, here’s really why Barry hates Mitt.

a capella on August 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Or because Romney actually knows who his father is for sure.

Night Owl on August 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Why are you so scared, perfesser?

I’m not scared, its a hilarious birther conspiracy. I am fascinated at people’s total willingness to lie and twist facts. You posted that link knowing (I presume) that the new yorker had released Bush’s grades. And everyone going on about Perry and Gore know that their grades were leaked by the media first, not released by the campaigns. But you honestly think that ignoring those facts allows you to say “other campaigns have released college transcripts.” Please. Its just hilarious.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

No No No No No No and No!

If anyone actually believes nobama would release actual transcripts of college, I have some waterfront property in Arizona to sell you.

This WH would create fake (but accurate) transcripts proving the won as the smartest human ever to walk the face of the earth, and then Romney would have to release the returns, refueling the fire.

This is a no win situation, it should NOT happen.

rightside on August 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

ROTFLMAO… Sad but true, it would be the fraudulent PDF Birth Certificate Part Deux..

SWalker on August 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I think the best approach would be for Romney’s team to unveil a detailed and comprehensive tax reform proposal and then release his returns. It would provide his economic policy with something specific and show that he is willing to tackle the issue highlighted by any release of his tax returns.

lexhamfox on August 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Given what Harry Reid did, I think the last thing Romney should do is provide additional returns. DWS is demanding 23 years of returns which is absurd. Harry Reid is demanding 10 years but refuses to specify which years.

The bottom line here is that you can not bargain with the enemy. No amount of information released will satisfy these bastards. It’s a waste of resources and time to even bothering listening to a poodle-faced partisan or a filthy corrupt liar. Or their surrogates.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Who cares if Harry isn’t satisfied. Sitting Dems aren’t the target audience in this game. Turn the flap into a policy initiative, release more returns, and turn the tables. Take a perceived weakness and turn it into a strength. That is how wars are won.

lexhamfox on August 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

You’re scared, kid.

kingsjester on August 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM


You know, most every job I ever applied for asked for my college transcript. None of them ever asked for my tax returns. Just sayin’ .

Root wants Obama’s student records from Columbia, not just transcripts, which are simply a record of your course grades and attendance. I’m not even sure that I have access to my university records, e.g. student status whether foreign exchange student or not, sources of funding whether through grants, scholarships, loans, or other sources.

I suppose Obama’s transcripts could be interesting if his grades were low or he somehow graduated without attending classes or something, but on its face a transcript wouldn’t answer the kinds of questions that Root is asking–I mean, I guess.

On practical grounds this is a pointless not for the Obama campaign but for us. The media will never hold Obama to the same level of scrutiny as any GOP candidate. I wish we could make demands like these and get traction. But it won’t happen. This is a task for presidential historians and biographers to pursue a generation or two from now when everyone is dead and the records pass into public domain.

Were this a GOP candidate some aggrieved low level clerk at Columbia would throw himself or herself on the barbed wire by leaking the documents and enjoy his or her few minutes of fame and martyrdom on one talking-head show after another bellowing about the public’s right to know or something.

casuist on August 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Bishop on August 7, 2012 at 12:46 PM

He is also running for a job in which all of us are the employers. Is asking for his educational too much? He’s the one applying for the job.

NotCoach on August 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

They’re running for President?

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Oh yeah! I forgot the way you commies think. You only care about vetting Republican candidates. And by vetting, I of course mean you want the candidate to voluntarily release enough information that the media can use it to smear the character of the individual and his family. Barring real documents you filthy bastards just make stuff up.

But to suggest that we should hold top Congressional leaders to the ethical standards we hold others is just absurd, right? Nevermind that both Pelosi and Reid have made millions off of insider information- not when Romney is rich or something, right?

It’s fine that you filthy commies are what you are but I fail to see how you can’t understand the hypocrisy of your own comments as you essentially do everything to prop up somebody as evil as Barak Hussein Obama. Or is it Barry Soetoro? I forget which, just that the bastard’s so shady we don’t even have a full accounting of the name change.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

A: Good for Obama, that was transparent of him. And precedent setting!
B: Obama only released them because he was forced to, this proves only that he’s a coward.
C: Commie!!!!!!!

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Do you realize that Obama’s grades could be actually outside this scale?

Archivarix on August 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

The Light Bringer’s duracell is failing…

d1carter on August 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

What the Fluke does any of that have to do with Obama being sold as the most brilliant human being ever? What is in those transcripts that makes Obama believe his brilliance will be tarnished?

NotCoach on August 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Your beef is with media coverage from 2008. Just because the media went overboard in the Obama love in 2008 doesn’t mean Obama has a higher burden of disclosure than other candidates.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I am fascinated at people’s total willingness to lie and twist facts.
libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Holy Carp… my irony meter just exploded like the Fat Man

SWalker on August 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

They’re running for President?

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

That’s your response? You are a complete hack and a hypocrite.

Under what standard of political life is it an absolute demand that a Presidential candidate release years and years of tax returns but a Senate Majority Leader and House Majority/Minority Leader are exempt from the same requirement? The people who write the tax code are exempt from releasing their tax records but Presidential candidates are required to?

gwelf on August 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

what law firm did obama ever work for? didnt he go straight to”community organizing” after harvard? as for that one job he held after columbia chances are he got that to be a token more than anything.

chasdal on August 7, 2012 at 12:46 PM

He worked for Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland from 1993 to 2004. Also he clerked at Sidley & Austin while he was in law school. Certainly Sidley would have demanded his transcripts before offering him a clerkship.

rockmom on August 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

please stop badgering libfreeordie. they have enough problems going through life blind and stupid.

Slade73 on August 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Here’s Rick Perry’s Texas A & M transcript, put on the internet within hours of Perry declaring his candidacy for president.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/61684192/Rick-Perry-s-Texas-A-M-Transcript

AZCoyote on August 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

This Columbia kerfuffle has struck a nerve…someone knows more than they are telling…

d1carter on August 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Romney should ask Reid to be specific about which ten years he’s claiming Romney didn’t pay taxes. And then he should make a bet with Reid. I’ll release them and when I prove I’ve paid taxes, you’ll resign from the Senate immediately. If Harry Reid stands behind his claims, then he should be willing to take the bet.

Then… forget Obama’s school records. They might embarrass him, but they won’t swing the election. Romney should demand Obama release the tax returns for the ten years before he held office.

Heywood U. Reedmore on August 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

rockmom on August 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Unless it was a “favor” for someone.

kingsjester on August 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Do you realize that Obama’s grades could be actually outside this scale?

Archivarix on August 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Ha! Good one :)

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I’m not scared, its a hilarious birther conspiracy. I am fascinated at people’s total willingness to lie and twist facts. You posted that link knowing (I presume) that the new yorker had released Bush’s grades. And everyone going on about Perry and Gore know that their grades were leaked by the media first, not released by the campaigns. But you honestly think that ignoring those facts allows you to say “other campaigns have released college transcripts.” Please. Its just hilarious.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

It’s a birther conspiracy? Show one blogger on this site or commenter in this thread that has claimed this. You can’t.

So tell us, why hasn’t Obama’s grades been leaked?

gwelf on August 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM
libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I can only assume that by your silence you really think that Obama is guilty in the Gunwalkergate scandal.

Chip on August 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

They’re running for President?

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

They are elected officials. So what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If they want Romney to release his tax records they should stop being hypocrites and release their own first.

NotCoach on August 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Bush’s college transcripts were not voluntarily released by the campaign, they were leaked against his will. And he is the only candidate whose transcripts were released (voluntarily or not).

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

His Yale transcripts were originally leaked in 1999 by the New Yorker. But in 2004, Bush’s campaign did release his records when it became apparent that they would be leaked again by the Democrat Media.

And your second sentence is false; Bush’s “opponent’s” transcripts were also released, just not during the campaign. And he authorized their release, according to MSDNC:

Kerry, a Democrat, previously declined to release the transcript, which was included in his Navy records. He gave the Navy permission to release the documents last month, the Globe reported.

By the way, Bush himself talked quite a bit about his less than stellar academic record, but he was a solid C student and never failed a class.

You seem to believe that O’bama is some sort of academic genius. How come he’s so afraid to prove it?

And before you answer, remember that you elected him because he said he would be The Most Transparent President in History.

F-

Del Dolemonte on August 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

What is Obama hiding?
Why won’t he prove how incredibly smart he is?

dentarthurdent on August 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Obama is terrified of something in those transcripts. I’m starting to doubt he is as brilliant as everyone claims he is.

NotCoach on August 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

What he’s terrified of:

1. How he got into those colleges: foreign student status, even if he was/is a citizen, low grades, based on solely the hue of his azz.

2. How low the grades really are, compared with the ‘Einsteinian’ brain the media gifted him with.

3. How his schooling was financed.

4. What he wrote about and promoted, all the marxist Utopian idealistic crap.

5. If he attended those schools at all – no one remembers him at Columbian, not even Wayne Allen Root, same year…

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM
libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I can only assume that by your silence you really think that Obama is guilty in the Gunwalkergate scandal.

Is this correct?

Chip on August 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Under what standard of political life is it an absolute demand that a Presidential candidate release years and years of tax returns but a Senate Majority Leader and House Majority/Minority Leader are exempt from the same requirement?

I guess you should ask George Romney that question.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

but I fail to see how you can’t understand the hypocrisy of your own comments

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Oh, make no mistake about it, he fully understands, he believes that The End Justifies the Means, therefore his mendacious hypocrisy is fully justifiable, as is any atrocity that accomplishes his end goal.

SWalker on August 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

rockmom on August 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

no they wouldnt. they were bringing in an intern and and an AA hire at taht. his grades had no bearing on anything for that job. probably the same for that other firm. they could check off a box for the HR people is all taht mattered.

chasdal on August 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

The only thing Romney’s returns will show is that he is rich. Very, very rich.
If this is new to anybody, well …
RWM has provided, on a nimber of occasions, links to Romney’s 2010 and 2011(partial) returns. There is nothing there but a lot of money and a challange to anyone on charitable giving. I highly doubt that earlier years would be any different. That kind of thing tends to exist in a continuum with only modest alterations over time.
His returns, while complicated and large, are clean and legal.
I suspect his money is cleaner than Reid’s

I think Romney will rope-a-dope this for a while then play his hand at an opportune moment.

Jabberwock on August 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

So tell us, why hasn’t Obama’s grades been leaked?

gwelf on August 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

because the media resides in his anus and Obama sealed his entire history by Executive Order on his first day as President.

Slade73 on August 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Obama’s been in public office so long, of course his tax returns are scrubbed. Let’s see what they looked like in 1987-1997.

Heywood U. Reedmore on August 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Obama was happy to oblige the universities in this effort by co-opting his father’s nationality, and burying the fact that he was a garden-variety American black kid.

Akzed on August 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

He could have played the game by claiming to be 1/32nd Cherokee, but why bother when you can claim you are 1/2 Kenyan?

Fallon on August 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Romney needs one of his “Reid” like surrogates to frame the college records question. McCain or Gingrich could do it using Root’s arguments as basis. (Meanwhile McConnell needs to be chasing Harry’s tax returns.)

Nor has Obama released his medical records after getting McSame to detail his — another wedge for PACs/surrogates to pursue.

Romney needs to stay on track with the economy/jobs.

KenInIL on August 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

That would be every Presidential candidate who have not released their college transcripts (hint that’s all of them). Perhaps you believe all Presidents are marionettes.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Lies won’t help you here.

Once again, from MSNBC:

Kerry, a Democrat, previously declined to release the transcript, which was included in his Navy records. He gave the Navy permission to release the documents last month, the Globe reported.

Del Dolemonte on August 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I’d prefer a trade for Fast and Furious documents.

ChrisL on August 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

How many do you know to be that smart, to pay millions to hide all this info?

Until he releases it all we can assume anything we wish about the degenerate pimp of choom.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Your beef is with media coverage from 2008. Just because the media went overboard in the Obama love in 2008 doesn’t mean Obama has a higher burden of disclosure than other candidates.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

He has a burden to to prove himself to his employers. I would never hire anyone terrified to show me their college transcripts. Why should we continue to take his and other people’s word at his brilliance? We’re his employers, so cough up the transcripts. What’s he afraid of?

NotCoach on August 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM
libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I can only assume that by your silence you really think that Obama is guilty in the Gunwalkergate scandal.

Is this true?

Is it the National Socialist Left’s strategy to delay any action until after the election?

Chip on August 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I would strongly advise against Romney offering a deal like this. There is too strong a risk that Obama’s grades might have actually been good. Is it that hard to believe that Obama might have been able to write essays and exams in a style that a Columbia political science professor, or a Harvard law professor, might have approved and found worthy of high grades?

J.S.K. on August 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I guess you should ask George Romney that question.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

That’s a lousy dodge. You’re still a hypocrite and a hack.

What do you think is in Romney’s tax returns?

gwelf on August 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Hell, with Barry’s long term associations with the Ayers clan, Tony Rezko, Frank Marshall Davis, etc, I still can’t understand how he could even get a low level security clearence.

a capella on August 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

He is also running for a job in which all of us are the employers. Is asking for his educational too much? He’s the one applying for the job.

NotCoach on August 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Apparently you are misogynist and a homophobe.

Do you really believe that large, complicated, powerful organizations actually vet their top officials? Pffft. Anyone with a brain knows that a CEO or CFO should be chosen for the color of their skin and how well they give a speech, not for actual business acumen.

As Bark said: His experience for the executive position of POTUS derived from running the campaign itself. So there you go.

Bishop on August 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

You know perfectly well that the college records issue is primarily driven by birthers…

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

You’re a liar. You attribute all kinds of ulterior motives to the legitimate opinions and actions of others. You’re a disgusting smear merchant.

MadisonConservative on August 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

There’s also no record of anything he ever wrote when he was president of the Harvard Law Review. Nothing. Why?

It’s either because he’s such a substandard writer that he never wrote anything, or because his writings were so full of hard-left Marxist theory that they’ve had to be scrubbed.

Right Mover on August 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I guess you should ask George Romney that question.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

1. He’s dead.

2. He’s not running for president.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM
libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I can only assume that by your silence you really think that Obama is guilty in the Gunwalkergate scandal.

Is this true?

Is it the National Socialist Left’s strategy to delay any action until after the election?

Perhaps the plan is to pardon himself?

Chip on August 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM

because the media resides in his anus and Obama sealed his entire history by Executive Order on his first day as President.

Slade73 on August 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Close but no cigar, Obama paid millions of dollars while a senator to have those records legally sealed before even running as a candidate for POTUS.

SWalker on August 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Hell, Obama should release police records of his too. Why stop at college records?

And of course this is all a distraction.

COgirl on August 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

You know perfectly well (or maybe you don’t, I suppose I shouldn’t overestimate your intelligence) that the college records issue is primarily driven by birthers who have convinces themselves there is evidence of foreign birth or dual citizenship or something on those records. That you’ve gotten caught up in the college transcripts debate for non-birther reasons shows your willingness to cling to *any* anti-Obama rhetoric without thinking of its origins. Classic ODS.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Not really. It is relevant what his grades were – since we are constantly told how brilliant he is without any demonstrable proof. It’s also relevant to know how he got into such a prestigious college with admittedly mediocre grades. And how he got into Harvard Law, with again mediocre college grades.

It would also be interesting, to the extent the college records contain such information, to know what groups, etc. Obama belonged to.

The college records are just as relevant – in fact more so – than Romney’s tax returns.

Why does Obama hide the college records? If he were truly as brilliant as the left claims, why wouldn’t he put them out there for all to see his brilliance?

It is pretty clear there is information in the college records that is, at the very least, embarrassing to Obama.

what I find much more telling isn’t that Obama doesn’t release the records, but that the media never cared. they never bothered to ask anyone about the records.

What, exactly would Romney’s tax returns show? That he is rich? that he has made foreign investments? (I have foreign investments and am not rich – so big whoop). That he utilizes perfectly legal tax exemptions, credits and deductions? What could his tax returns possibly show that is relevant to the election?

Nothing. It is simply a way to keep pounding on the fact that Romney is rich. At least Romney legitimately earned the money he has. The Obamas cannot say the same. Tony Rezko land deals. Michele Obama no show hospital job. On and on.

Monkeytoe on August 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

You’re a disgusting smear merchant.

MadisonConservative on August 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Tiny man, brain and otherwise, Obama-hued, ‘professor’, for the time-being, at a ‘reputable’ university. This is what is indoctrinating the students today. No wonder the land has become a latrine.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I guess you should ask George Romney that question.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

So you’re not complaining about Romney not revealing his tax records – you’re just channeling the ghost of George Romney?

YOU are the one demanding Romney’s records. You are a coward hiding behind a man’s dead father.

gwelf on August 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Is it the National Socialist Left’s strategy to delay any action until after the election?

Chip on August 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Say, isn’t that where the white supremacists hang out?

a capella on August 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

what law firm did obama ever work for? didnt he go straight to”community organizing” after harvard? as for that one job he held after columbia chances are he got that to be a token more than anything.

chasdal on August 7, 2012 at 12:46 PM

IIRC, Obama did his “community organizing” in between Columbia and Harvard Law (there was a gap of several years). Obama wasn’t particularly good at “community organizing,” and he was frustrated by his inability to accomplish anything as an “organizer,” and that is why (according to him) he decided to apply to law school.

AZCoyote on August 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Obama is terrified of something in those transcripts. I’m starting to doubt he is as brilliant as everyone claims he is.

NotCoach on August 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

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I read Root’s article yesterday, and I think he’s close …
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I think Obama did not have enough credits and/or classes to graduate.
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I suspect there are no class/requirement/other waivers; as we’ve seen, there is no “work experience” or other previous credit … even from Occidental.
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Products of AA are frquently quite substandard, as we’ve seen over the past 30 years, so poor grades, by themselves, should not be the problem …
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… but a sub-2.0GPA should be …
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… and not completing the program should be an absolute block.
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BO’s admission to Harvard would then be based solely on the politicaly-correct pressure exerted by the Left. Academic Rigor and Integrity, Intellectual Honesty, Harvard’s Reputation and Credentials … all that garbage no longer flushes.
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Thus, if true, even by the Rules of AA and PC, BO did not earn admission to Harvard … he did not do the work, therefore, he did not earn admission to Harvard.
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I think this is what has BO and The Left terrified.
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Arbalest on August 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

So tell us, why hasn’t Obama’s grades been leaked?

gwelf on August 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Two explanations (though sorry they are reality based). The first is super boring, colleges and universities have gotten increasingly tight about security in the last decade and a half. When you’re a university employee these days you have to go through these intense ethics trainings, its very clear that releasing information like that will get a person fired. Second is that the Obama campaign probably studied what happened to Bush and Gore and took measures to encourage media not to pursue his transcripts, no doubt suggesting that any media outlet who did so would instantly become persona non grata to the campaign. So the only people looking for Obama’s grades are probably the independent right wing blogosphere and they probably don’t have the connections with the Ivy League to gain access to those records. Or maybe its because Obama threatened to kill someone’s mother. Yeah that’s it.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Full transcripts are available of Al Gore and Mitt Romney’s college careers? And they were leaked by the campaigns?

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Gore’s were leaked by the Democrat Media (in other words, by Gore’s campaign) to make him look better against Chimpy Bush in 2000.

Gore has never released his transcripts, which were obtained independently by The Washington Post. Parts of them have been cited as well by Bill Turque, a Newsweek writer who has written a biography of Gore titled “Inventing Al Gore.”

F-

Del Dolemonte on August 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

McCain should ask for and receive permission to release what he received from Romney while vetting him for his running mate. He has already said Reid is lying because he saw the returns and he can say that Romney authorized him to prove Reid is lying, but that he won’t release them until Obama releases his college records.

The Romney campaign can say they are sticking by their plan to release the last two years, just like McCain did in ’08. They can say that McCain was so upset over the breach of protocol by Reid they agreed to let him go after him. This gets Romney out of the process, doesn’t make him go back on his plan and lets McCain have some fun with Dirty Harry and The One.

NeoDawg on August 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

AS much as I hate to say it, he should take a page out of Obama’s playback. Have a high ranking republican say that he can probably get Romney to release his tax returns if Obama releases his college transcripts. That way Romney can disavow any knowledge since he’s not the one making the accusation. Win/win.

bandutski on August 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

You know perfectly well that the college records issue is primarily driven by birthers…

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

And by the way, you piece of s**t…you’re talking to someone who gave the Birthers hell for going on about the birth certificate for so long, but I still want the college transcripts.

You depend on stereotypes and bigotry while claiming endlessly that others do so…you miserable, pathetic hypocrite.

MadisonConservative on August 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Your beef is with media coverage from 2008. Just because the media went overboard in the Obama love in 2008 doesn’t mean Obama has a higher burden of disclosure than other candidates.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Are you talking legally or ethically?

Candidates have required disclosures (like fundraising sources which we all know are pure fiction when it comes to Democrats). But there is an ethical standard too. One that comes from the voters not snarky know-it-alls claiming that there is a set standard of disclosure. The candidate’s burden is to satisfy the legitimate questions of potential voters. Because of the MSM and you stupid leftists, 2008 was all about the narrative and nobody bothered vetting the jug-eared Kenyan. That’s not going to be the case in 2012.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I still want to know if Obama ever took a class in economics at Columbia, since he is so obviously ignorant on the subject. I want to know what he declared as his major. Columbia is the U.S. home of the Institute for Social Research, an outgrowth of Frankfurt school of cultural Marxism, so I want to know everything he studied there and what he did with his spare time. (BTW, Derrick Bell’s school of Critical Race Theory is a direct outgrowth of the Institue for Social Research and its emphasis on critical theory in every academic discipline. So it should not surprise anyone that Obama gravitiated twoard Bell after a probable indoctrination at Columbia.)

I have never been concerned about where Obama was born, but it bugs the hell out of me that we know so little about this man who is doing so much damage to this country. His actions before and after his election strongly suggest an active follower of the Frankfurt School, which very few Americans even know about.

rockmom on August 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Sorry for the typo’s, but you get the gist.

bandutski on August 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Romney should have done this as soon as Obama started playing the disclosure game.

Obama is clearly embarrassed about his grades, he was likely a C student that was promoted purely on the basis of skin color. It happens all the time in this country. I could also see Obama playing games on his nationality status in order to get grants. If that’s the case, Obama is truly is done. I would hope the Romney campaign has the resources to investigate, you know good and well Obama has looked at every Romney tax return since he was 14.

My guess is, the Romney camp doesn’t want to open the affirmative action can of worms that could possibly rile up the black vote. They think an 8.3% and rising unemployment rate is enough to get rid of an in incumbent President without looking like you’re race baiting, and they’re probably right.

BradTank on August 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

A man who has mirrors on the floor so he can watch himself walk DOESN’T want to share with the world his awesome grades? The man who bragged that his administration would be the most transparent ever?

What could possibly be in a college transcript that would frighten someone enough to encase them in concrete.

Bishop on August 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Bishop on August 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Grades, or no grades, he then flunks on “how he gives a speech”, with or without prompter. If that qualifies for “good speaking” then there are no standards left. He speaks like an idiot.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Okay, once again…NO NO NO!
Let someone like Trump pursue the transcript issueif you want.
But this is a distraction and it will work to Obama’s advantage. He would delay opening his college records for months and all this would do would be to keep Romney’s tax records discussion going as a distraction. Again, never play by your opponent’s rules, they didn’t make them so they would lose.

Deanna on August 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Two explanations (though sorry they are reality based). The first is super boring, colleges and universities have gotten increasingly tight about security in the last decade and a half. When you’re a university employee these days you have to go through these intense ethics trainings, its very clear that releasing information like that will get a person fired. Second is that the Obama campaign probably studied what happened to Bush and Gore and took measures to encourage media not to pursue his transcripts, no doubt suggesting that any media outlet who did so would instantly become persona non grata to the campaign. So the only people looking for Obama’s grades are probably the independent right wing blogosphere and they probably don’t have the connections with the Ivy League to gain access to those records. Or maybe its because Obama threatened to kill someone’s mother. Yeah that’s it.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

At to your first point – how do you explain Perry’s college records being leaked?

Your second point – Obama took special precautions to prevent the media from going after his transcripts? So in other words the media is protecting their chosen one. That’s obviously why.

gwelf on August 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Why should Obama be asked to release something other candidates haven’t?

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

That’s not the right question to ask. The question is, what is he hiding? Wouldn’t you agree with Robert Gibbs that the reason people don’t produce information on demand from their political opponents is that they have something to hide?

Night Owl on August 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Bishop, just a kind reminder, not for you, just in response to the well-speeching of the Big Pretender, the one who’s illustrious.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Is it the National Socialist Left’s strategy to delay any action until after the election?

Chip on August 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Say, isn’t that where the white supremacists hang out?

a capella on August 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Are you referring to the leftists of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers Party)?

Chip on August 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

You are missing the point. Obama postures that the candidates should be an “open book”, but he hides every scrap of evidence from his own past. Obama is the most secretive candidate in history, getting a pass because he is “the first black President.”

How did he obtain student loans? What status did he claim and how did he document it?

Why did he say in his publisher’s bio that he was “Kenyan born” and if that was an error, why did he let the error continue for 16 years?

How did he get on Harvard Law Review while never writing a Law Review article?

Why did he remain only as an adjunct law professor at Chicago Law for 12 years? Why did he never write an article on Constitutional law during that time?

How did he structure his land deal with Tony Rezko?

Who is Harrison J Bounel, someone Obama says he never knew but whose name appeared on the title to Obama’s Chicago home?

Why does Obama have a Social Security card with a Connecticut prefix and how did he get it?

Where are Obama’s selective service records?

Why did he resign his Illinois bar card and what were the details of the accusations against him?

What did he know about Fast and Furious, and when did he know it?

What did he know about Solyndra, and when did he know it?

The simple fact is that we know next to nothing about Obama except the composites he has chosen to show us, and they tell us nothing real. Until he is willing to answer questions (and the press has not been able to ask him even the time of day for 7 weeks now), he really has to shut up about who is “almost Nixonian” as a candidate.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on August 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

What do you think is in Romney’s tax returns?

gwelf on August 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Probably evidence of lots of offshore investments and exploitation of loopholes in the tax code. No doubt Obama wants access to them in order to cement his framing of Romney as an out of touch Scrooge McDuck who sees the government as a means to expand the personal fortunes of the wealthy.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

OK…

… forget the transcripts.

Let us talk about how Obowma’s policies, regulations, and executive orders have done to this Country…

… Mmmmmmkay?

Seven Percent Solution on August 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM

W’s Yale grades were leaked by the New Yorker.
libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Perhaps Bush was too humble to talk about his grades and SAT scores and was thus reluctant to release them voluntarily. What’s Barry’s excuse? Humble just ain’t him.

Indeed, considering his penchant for blowing his own horn, we can infer that if they were halfway decent he’d not only release them he’d never stop talking about them. Like this: “I got great grades and had very high SAT scores. I didn’t do that on my own. I had help, got a leg up. Others aren’t so fortunate. That’s why we need to raise taxes. So everyone can be like me.”

Buy Danish on August 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM

(If you really want to see a fudge, look at his Selective Service (Draft) registration Obama signed: it was a document printed in 2007, not one printed in 1980 as should have been had he signed it back then when he was 18ish.)

gracie on August 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM

what else happened in 2007? Remember the publicist that “made a mistake”?

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/born-kenya-obamas-literary-agent-misidentified-birthplace-1991/story?id=16372566

He let that go for 16 years and then decided he needed to clean it up before anybody noticed.

DanMan on August 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I have an interest in a President’s college transcripts when they say that they sought out Marxist professors, and when their classmates recall them vehemently arguing for Marxism.

How does one get good grades from Marxist professors? By trashing America. So let’s see Obama’s transcripts and maybe someone in the media can finally ask him at what date did he renounce Marxism and what made him do a 180 and change his mind.

OxyCon on August 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM

the college records issue is primarily driven by birthers

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Only on your ringed planet of Uranus.

Where O’bama was or was not born is one issue.

But all of his Fluffers have for years been telling us how Brilliant he is, with one of them (Harvard’s Larry Tribe) even claiming O’bama was the best student he ever had (this was just a couple of weeks after he said the exact same thing about someone else). Yet we’ve not seen any papers, or academic awards, or anything. What’s he hiding?

Del Dolemonte on August 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM

By the way, I’ve heard it said that Obama has spent millions of dollars to keep his college records hidden from the public. That can’t be right. Legally, under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, most of his college records would not be available to the general public unless he specifically authorized their release. As long as the employees in the registrar’s office at Columbia and Harvard don’t decide to leak his transcript without authorization, he doesn’t have to do anything to keep it under wraps. (There may be other people who have had copies of Obama’s transcripts, like former employers, but Obama would have been away from most of those employers for so long that his personnel records might have been discarded before he got on the national political scene.)

For comparison, when Rick Perry’s Texas A&M transcript was released last year, there was a stamp on it that said, “To the recipient of this document: This information may not be released or transferred to any other person, agency or party without the student’s consent.” Obviously, whoever leaked the transcript didn’t care about that, and they didn’t have too high a regard for Perry, either.

J.S.K. on August 7, 2012 at 1:08 PM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Azzhole, nothing illegal in any of it. It w/b sinful to pay a penny more in taxes than is legally required. If you, or anyone does, you are the biggest morons on Earth.

See Pelosi, Reid, Wasserman-Schultz, and Obama. Yes, Obama gifted his kids, in order to drive his own taxes down. It w/b foolish not to.

The class envy and division of the land by Obama will be shunned on Nov. 6. May all of you who promote it spontaneously combust. You absolutely hate people, women and children. You like them poor and dumb. If they get out of your plantations they see and vote against you.

You and him and all who believe like you do s/b pitchforked.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM
libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM
libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I can only assume that by your silence you really think that Obama is guilty in the Gunwalkergate scandal.

Is this true?

Is it the National Socialist Left’s strategy to delay any action until after the election?

Perhaps the plan is to pardon himself?

Do you have any sort of response on this?

Chip on August 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

because the media resides in his anus and Obama sealed his entire history by Executive Order on his first day as President.

Slade73 on August 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

There is plenty to criticize The One for, but the above is pure fiction.

AngusMc on August 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM

exploitation of loopholes

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Spoken like a true Marxist trying to describe the following of legal tax law. No wonder you’re attracted to like minded Marxist garbage..

And suckers pay how much per year to be “educated” by the likes of you?

MNHawk on August 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Should Romney demand that Obama release his college records in exchange for tax returns?

I’m not Romney fan but that would be his wisest move. The voters have a right to know about these men who desire to be President, and more informed voters are better than less informed. Two wrongs don’t make a right, and the solution to Obama’s Hope and Change secrets are not for Republicans to do the same, but to use it as leverage to lift Obama’s veil as well.

But if Romney uses this tactic may back down because they don’t want Obama’s secrets exposed to the voters any more than Romney does, and unfortunately the Hope and Change on both sides may continue unabated until it’s too late.

Voters have to know the history and background of these candidates, and if the candidates can’t survive the light of truth then they don’t belong in the White House. The American people have a right to vet these candidates. They have a right to have a voice in the most important issues of the day, and so far they’ve been denied. It is a known fact that our government is scheming in secret behind closed doors about what they’re going to shove down America’s throat after the election, while the MSM distracts voters with all of the less important issues.

This is how the corruption perpetuates itself and why we’re 16 trillion in debt and our financial system is a government manipulated scam. This is why America is going down the tubes.

FloatingRock on August 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

we know that before McCain candidates have released years and years of tax returns.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Really? Name those candidates and what returns they released.

(Starts stopwatch)

Del Dolemonte on August 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Probably evidence of lots of offshore investments and exploitation of loopholes in the tax code. No doubt Obama wants access to them in order to cement his framing of Romney as an out of touch Scrooge McDuck who sees the government as a means to expand the personal fortunes of the wealthy.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Offshore investments? Oooh, scary! Like the ones in Debbie Wasserman-schulz own portfolio? Why do you hate other countries? Don’t they deserve investment too?

Loopholes? So he has a tax attorney like every other person who makes a load of money – like Democrat politicians and union bosses.

And you finally come to the truth – Obama wants to frame Romney (of course he’d ignore the likely 20-30% of Romneys’ income given to charity).

In essence you think Romney should be complicit in Obama’s attempt to smear him.

gwelf on August 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

rockmom on August 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Unless it was a “favor” for someone.

kingsjester on August 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Timeline suggests perhaps his connection to whoever may have appointed him to chair the Annenberg Foundation.

DanMan on August 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

…Romney as an out of touch Scrooge McDuck who sees the government as a means to expand the personal fortunes of the wealthy.

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

i’ll take that, over a socialist who sees the personal fortues of the wealthy (by his definition)as a means to expand the government, any day of the week.

chasdal on August 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM

And suckers pay how much per year to be “educated” by the likes of you?

MNHawk on August 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Isn’t fascinating brainfree refuses to tell us what he teaches? What kind of professor doesn’t reveal their course names at the very least?

NotCoach on August 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Perhaps the plan is to pardon himself?

Chip on August 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

BWAHAHAH… That’s actually kind of funny, since the one person that the POTUS cannot issue a pardon to, is himself.

SWalker on August 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I hope that the result of all this is that the truth about Obama and Romney will be exposed, but unfortunately both of them probably just climb back under a rock now where the MSM wants them and talk about fiction instead.

FloatingRock on August 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

As long as the employees in the registrar’s office at Columbia and Harvard don’t decide to leak his transcript without authorization, he doesn’t have to do anything to keep it under wraps. (There may be other people who have had copies of Obama’s transcripts, like former employers, but Obama would have been away from most of those employers for so long that his personnel records might have been discarded before he got on the national political scene.)

J.S.K. on August 7, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Nothing better than some dollarage spread around amongst potential leakers, or those who control them, to make sure it doesn’t happen. Barry’s political opponents were supposed to have sealed court documents regarding their divorce proceedings and we all know how that turned out. I hate to be so cynical.

a capella on August 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

“People objected yesterday to the use of the word “McCarthyism” in my post, but I use it for two reasons. First, it’s a term that the Left throws out with abandon any time people dissent from their orthodoxy and have the temerity to question their motivations. Second, it is a clear, concise description that immediately conveys the kind of guilty-until-proven-innocent abuse of power from government officials when it occurs.”

Maybe Fascism would be a better term? This (as well as the Chik-fil-a thing) is textbook economic fascism. You support our politics, we’ll let you conduct business. Romney obviously doesn’t support this cadre of garbage, so he becomes an economic target.

MNHawk on August 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

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