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Latest Obama campaign web stunt: ‘Outing’ GOP donors

posted at 1:09 pm on April 27, 2012 by

The Obama campaign’s “Truth Team” strikes again! This time, a web page titled Keeping GOP Honest is dedicated to the time-tested (for Obama anyway) principle that if you can’t beat ‘em, persecute ‘em.

The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel provides some context for this latest ploy, reminding readers:

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.

Granted, the people named on the list are all wealthy Americans, but they are also, as Strassel notes, private citizens. Just like George Soros, who is likely to outspend any of the individuals named but whose private donations to the Obama campaign are not being publicly aired by anyone with the imprimatur of the Oval Office.

Plus, there is nothing to prevent Obama’s spy team from going after the nickel-and-dime crowd as well. If you are 99-percenter who, for example, invested in a U.S. corporation that outsourced jobs overseas (a complaint the Truth Team lodges about several of the people on its enemies list), what is to stand in the way of the White House airing your personal laundry?

Of this latest abuse of executive power, Strassel quotes former U.S. solicitor general Theodore Olson as saying:

We don’t tolerate presidents or people of high power to do these things. 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.

Finally, there is the false implication in the web page’s name that there is something dishonest or devious about, for example, opposing gay marriage, profiting from the sale of oil, or moving production facilities offshore. If you’re looking for an example of something devious, look no further than the president’s use of taxpayer dollars to fund trips in recent days to what the New York Times calls “boisterous arena events that in some ways resembled campaign rallies.” The Republican National Committee is certainly looking into these possible violations of campaign finance laws.

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Makes me want to send a pile to the GOP, just so I can tell him, “Bring it, bi+ch!”

CurtZHP on April 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Makes me want to send a pile to the GOP, just so I can tell him, “Bring it, bi+ch!”

CurtZHP on April 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I’m with ya.

Mr. Prodigy on April 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

i expect nothing less from this campaign

cmsinaz on April 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

This man is seriously evil.

totherightofthem on April 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Is this not cute?! Attack watch got another website.

Jurisprudence on April 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Hey Obama: ‘Out’ this. My name is Jim Forbes – Kennewick WA. Today I donated to Richard Mourdock-R in Indiana!

Neox99 on April 28, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Can we have “keep Obama honest” website with the list of donors? With special emphasis on people who just got fed’s (our) money. Like palestinians, unions, green companies etc.

ktrelski on April 28, 2012 at 8:06 PM