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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Citizens Disunited

It's not often that a Swift boater has the tables turned on him.

But that's exactly what has happened to Joe Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade and the patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, who was outed to the New York Times on his scheme to spend $10 million to slime "Barack Hussein Obama."

The assault, based on relinking Obama to former pastor Jeremiah Wright, is a direct outgrowth of the Supreme Court's cancerous decision to allow unlimited spending by corporations and Super PACs. Far worse is the depth and breadth of the hateful message it aims to spread in the name of "leadership."
“Our plan is to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do: Show the world how Barack Obama’s opinions of America and the world were formed,” the proposal says. “And why the influence of that misguided mentor and our president’s formative years among left-wing intellectuals has brought our country to its knees.”
It would employ as a spokesman an “extremely literate conservative African-American” who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln."

The proposal complains voters “still aren’t ready to hate this president” and looks to inflame racial passions to achieve that aim.

As we all know, PACs are allegedly independent of candidates and cannot coordinate their actions. But the depth and breadth of this take down, even more damaging than the 2004 assault on John Kerry's war record, demands a swift and uncompromising signal from Mitt Romney.

Given Romney's previous responses to right wing hate spewed toward Obama I'm not holding my breath that he will take the sort of stand required to scuttle this hate missile.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're going to inflame racial passions with a black spokesman?

May 17, 2012 8:55 AM  

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