When there’s no real dirt on your opponent . . .

. . . the next best thing is to try to dig up dirt on your opponent’s supporters. From Karen, the Lonely Conservative:


Political Operatives Digging Up Dirt on Romney Supporters


May 11, 2012 | By

It’s bad enough that the Washington Post committed great resources to a questionable 5,000-word hit piece against Mitt Romney regarding an alleged incident that occurred over 45 years ago. Now we find out that shady political operatives are digging up dirt on Romney supporters. Kimberly Strassel discovered that they are trying to obtain divorce and other court records of Melaleuca Inc.’s CEO Frank VanderSloot who donated $1 million to Romney’s SuperPAC.

Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, “Keeping GOP Honest,” took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” the post accused the eight of being “wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records.” Mr. VanderSloot was one of the eight, smeared particularly as being “litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

More on Karen’s site.

Well, I’m a bit less bothered about this than Karen is, because we certainly used Barack Obama’s past associates to tar him with their views, and it really didn’t work very well in 2008. And, let’s face it: President Obama and Governor Romney are running for the biggest prize in the world, and the only thing that matters is winning. There will be no trick so dirty that it won’t be used, if someone believes that it will help his favored candidate’s cause.

The simple fact is that Barack Hussein Obama didn’t lose the 2008 election because of his association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright or with all sorts of leftists and Commies in college; he won it due to the economy. And that’s what is going to determine the 2012 election: if the economy has improved to the point that the public see it as having improved things, President Obama will be re-elected, and if it has not, Governor Romney will win.

So, let the Obama campaign try to dig up dirt on Governor Romney’s supporters; what the Romney campaign needs to do is what they’ve already been doing, and that’s focus on President Obama’s record on three things:

  1. The economy;
  2. The economy; and
  3. The economy.

42 Comments

  1. When you seek dirt on non-candidates, you get a non-president.

    Obama: ‘Sometimes I Forget’ Magnitude of the Recession
    Posted on May 11, 2012 by Cowboy Byte
    President Obama, speaking earlier today at a campaign event in Seattle, Washington:

    “It was a house of cards and it collapsed in the most destructive, worst crisis that we’ve seen since the Great Depression,” Obama said. “And sometimes people forget the magnitude of it. You know, you saw some of that in the video that was shown. Sometimes I forget.”

    Mitt Romney’s press secretary, Andrea Saul, responds: “It’s not surprising that a president who forgot to create jobs, forgot to cut the debt, and forgot to change Washington has now admitted that he’s forgotten about the recession. In fact, it seems that the President has forgotten that he’s been in office for the last three-and-a-half years. In November, the American people won’t forget.

  2. Baraka Obama dug up a court-sealed divorce document and publicized it. You know, taking something the Court said “nobody can see, period” and making it public information, against the wishes of both the husband and the wife, just so Baraka Obama could win an election (by causing his opponent to walk away).

    The Senate Democrats and the Pelosi House Democrats were perfectly fine with breaking Federal Law while in power. The Senate Democrats are still breaking Federal Law to this day.

    They will stoop to nothing to retain illegitimate power, including breaking every law that gets in their way. They have already proven that.

  3. Eric’s right. It’s time to examine the executives of every company that received taxpayer money under the Stimulus program or received grants and/or loan guarantees under green energy programs.

    We can start the investigations with a short list of failed enterprises where the executives also made large campaign contributions to Barack Obama’s reelection.

    Then, there are all those lawyers working in Obama’s so-called Justice Department who were involved in covering up Eric Holder’s “fingerprints” on the guns that killed Brian Terry.

  4. Considering the hand he was dealt, and the refusal of Racist Congressional Republicans to cooperate with him to govern, President Obama’s record has bee remarkable! He has made some mistakes, but done the best he can under extremely hostile difficult and hostile circumstances. How can anyone deal successful with an extremist Republican Party whose attitude is my way or the highway. One need not look farther than this very blog to witness such an unpatriotic attitude toward their fellow Americans!

  5. WW wrote:

    Considering the hand he was dealt, and the refusal of Racist Congressional Republicans to cooperate with him to govern, President Obama’s record has bee remarkable!

    Because, you see, not only is the minority party supposed to simply roll over and allow the majority to do as it wishes, unconstrained by any opposition, but it is raaaaa-cist of the Republicans not to agree with everything President Obama wants.

    But, while I am certain that Wagonwheel believes every word of what he posted above, the voters might be a little less forgiving. Your Editor suggests that many Americans are far more interested in the differences between success and failure than they are with excuses for failure.

  6. Obama spends half his time denigrating, dissing, and demeaning the so-called 1%, and then he basks in the glow of the limelight at a $40,000 per plate dinner only hours after announcing that sometimes he forgets the magnitude of the recession.

    It’s the economy, Mr. Obama, and guess who’s sounding stupid!

  7. Wagonwheel says:
    May 11, 2012 at 17:46

    the refusal of Racist Congressional Republicans

    Back up this allegation, or it’s just a cheap shot. Citations, Citations, Citations, Citations, Citations, and Citations.

  8. Considering the hand he was dealt, and the refusal of Racist Congressional Republicans to cooperate with him to govern,

    That’s precisely how the idiot SINP thinks: his racism manifests itself by way of 1) thinking a black president cannot do anything without help, and 2) thinking that any and all difficulties the black president faces are not due to his incompetence, but always because of the racism of non-progressive whites.

    And, wasn’t SINP in here the other day bitching about McCarthyism? Do we need any more evidence that this moonbat is a thinking man’s charlatan?

  9. I stand by this, independent of what extremists write to justify their unpatriotic behavior and attitude!

    “Considering the hand he was dealt, and the refusal of Racist Congressional Republicans to cooperate with him to govern, President Obama’s record has bee remarkable! He has made some mistakes, but done the best he can under extremely hostile difficult and hostile circumstances. How can anyone deal successful with an extremist Republican Party whose attitude is my way or the highway. One need not look farther than this very blog to witness such an unpatriotic attitude toward their fellow Americans!”

  10. We Americans should be grateful that President Obama had the wisdom to take many wise steps, not only preventing us from falling into Great Depressin, but also giving us a vision for the future in terms of job building, health care, education, and extracting us from one costly war, and in the process of doing so in the other one. He has also exerted world leadership in the quest for liberty and freedom. Of course he has made some mistakes, but overall he has been a net strong positive for our nation. He well deserves another term, and will be reelected, in my view.

  11. Considering “your view” is an insane, warped, conspiratorialist moonbat nightmare, the vast majority of the population can take solace in that Obama’s chances are most probably the exact opposite.

  12. With J P Morgan-Chase loss of $2B on credit default swaps gone bad, it looks like the extreme Republican deregulation strategies have gone bad again. Maybe finally there will be some lessons learned by these ideologues who refuse to face reality, like those on this blog.

  13. With J P Morgan-Chase loss of $2B on credit default swaps gone bad, it looks like the extreme Republican deregulation strategies have gone bad again. Maybe finally there will be some lessons learned by these ideologues who refuse to face reality, like those on this blog.

    Sorry, but the contentions of moonbats who believe in preposterous election conspiracies and see “racism” under every nook and cranny aren’t worth an angstrom’s width worth of serious consideration.

  14. Considering the hand he was dealt, and the refusal of Racist Congressional Republicans to cooperate with him to govern … How can anyone deal successful with an extremist Republican Party … such an unpatriotic attitude toward their fellow Americans!

    More moral judgmentalism from the moral relativist.

  15. With J P Morgan-Chase loss of $2B on credit default swaps gone bad, it looks like the extreme Republican deregulation strategies have gone bad again.

    1. Businesses sometimes lose money. That’s the nature of the free market system.

    2. This occurred in YOUR era with all sorts of new controls over the financial sector imposed by Obama and his socks in Congress, like Dodd/Frank.

  16. “2. This occurred in YOUR era with all sorts of new controls over the financial sector imposed by Obama and his socks in Congress, like Dodd/Frank.”

    I don’t believe that most of the regulations have kicked in yet.

    We have yet to sse, but it could be that JPMC has committed fraud again, marketing worthless paper.

  17. “Sorry, but the contentions of moonbats who believe in preposterous election conspiracies and see “racism” under every nook and cranny aren’t worth an angstrom’s width worth of serious consideration.”

    You wish! But no, not conspiracy theories, but documented historical facts. Try out the truth for a change, koolo.

  18. You wish! But no, not conspiracy theories, but documented historical facts. Try out the truth for a change, koolo.

    I can, but only if you show me how to enter your delusional alternate reality dream world, moonbat.

  19. “So, let the Obama campaign try to dig up dirt on Governor Romney’s supporters; what the Romney campaign needs to do is what they’ve already been doing, and that’s focus on President Obama’s record on three things:

    The economy;
    The economy; and
    The economy.

    A focus on the economy will reveal the helpful things which the Obama administration has already done, and the things that the Cheney/Bush administration neglected very badly. Moreover, Romney and his Ryan Plan will only make our economy suffer all the more, as we have already seen with Conservative leadership in the UK, France, and to some extent Germany. My hope is that we will learn from them, and not repeat their act, instead continue to stimulate the growth of jobs, which has alresdy helped our economy, and simultaneously phase in spending cuts and revenue increases. This is the smart thing to do, just what the President plans.

  20. Wagonwheel says:
    May 12, 2012 at 10:07

    We Americans should be grateful that President Obama had the wisdom to take many wise steps, not only preventing us from falling into Great Depressin, but also giving us a vision for the future in terms of job building, health care,

    I think a full demonstration of how these things were accomplished, and it should make a great campaign speech. But BO may have a hard time on the employment aspect with millions dropping out of the work force since there are no jobs to be had. Let’s see, you stiffed me providing citations on racism that you alleged, let’s see how you handle this simple task.

  21. With Reppublicans on here claiming that Presidcnt Obama has no record on which to run, let’s take a quick look at what the polls are telling us about the current electoral vote count: Obama 294 Romney 170 (270 needed win).

    Oh yes, a Huff Post poll. Is that like other MSM polls which routinely over-sample Democrats?

    Again, for the moonbat(s): At this point in 1980 Reagan was in much worse shape poll-wise and electorally than Carter. And we all know how that turned out. If I were Romney, I’d be cautiously confident.

  22. But don’t worry, ‘bat — I’m sure you’ll cite this poll (among others) if Obama loses as “evidence” that the 2012 was “stolen” just like in ’00 and ’04! LMAO!!

  23. Oh yes, Puff Ho, where the commenters were absolutely disgustingly hateful to find out a couple white Conservative Christians rescued a 14-lb black Ethiopian girl from certain death by emaciation and provided her an American home. Something like that AP poll that produced a poll that had an R/D/I of D+9, D+12 with leaners when the 2008 Democrat wave only had a D+7 and the 2010 TEAnami had an even split.

    It is a well-known and very well-reported fact that a great many of these polls put their thumbs on the scales to give Democrats an advantage they don’t actually have. Looking at the R/D/I compared to previous election cycles is absolute proof of the dishonesty of those polls, and PuffHo is one of the dishonest ones.

  24. “But don’t worry, ‘bat — I’m sure you’ll cite this poll (among others) if Obama loses as “evidence” that the 2012 was “stolen” just like in ’00 and ’04! LMAO!!”

    Of course, I believe in evidence, not conspiracy theories, as in Ohio in 2004 and FL in 2000, both of which changed th course of our history in what may turn out to be an irreversible manner. Many well educated moderate Americans understand this very well!

  25. “Oh yes, Puff Ho, where the commenters were absolutely disgustingly hateful to find out a couple white Conservative Christians rescued a 14-lb black Ethiopian girl from certain death by emaciation and provided her an American home. (Citation please!) Something like that AP poll that produced a poll that had an R/D/I of D+9, D+12 with leaners when the 2008 Democrat wave only had a D+7 and the 2010 TEAnami Oh yes, Puff Ho, where the commenters were absolutely disgustingly hateful had an even split. (That was then, this is now.)
    It is a well-known and very well-reported fact that a great many of these polls put their thumbs on the scales to give Democrats an advantage they don’t actually have. (Right, just like Rasmussen) Looking at the R/D/I compared to previous election is absolute proof of the dishonesty of those polls, and PuffHo is one of the dishonest ones. (Citation please!)

    Mr Hitchcock stretches the truth, again,and makes stuff up, again!!!

  26. Many well educated moderate Americans understand this very well!

    Education doesn’t equate to common sense or sanity. You have neither. You’re a left-field moonbat whose conspiracy delusions are no better than Truthers, Birthers, or Mooners.

  27. The economy continues in growth mode – bad news for Republicans,

    more jobs are created – bad news for Republicans,

    gasoline prices going down – bad news for republicans,

    American auto companies doing well – bad news for Republicans,

    regulations on Wall Street still needed (JP Morgan Chase – bad news for Republicans,

    News Corp (Fox News parent) in serious trouble for illegal hacking – bad image for Republicans,

    early provisions of the ACA well liked by Americans – bad news for Republicans,

    American oil production increased every year under Obama – bad news for Republicans,

    Rebublican Party badly split, perceived as an extremist party – bad news for Republicans,

    Comparing Romney to Reagan is a false equivalence – bad news for Republicans.

    In fact, there is little good news for Republicans. After all their unpatriotic obfuscation and do-nothing approach to governing, a majority of Americans perceive the truth about Republicans and they will lose!

  28. In fact, there is little good news for Republicans.

    This must be the news from SINP’s alternate reality, of course. The one where “bad news” = a 50-43 lead for the Republican challenger.

    After all their unpatriotic obfuscation and do-nothing approach to governing, a majority of Americans perceive the truth about Republicans and they will lose!

    You forgot to throw in “racist” there, moonbat! And you must be speaking of the same “majority” that is against showing ID at polling places, eh? LMAO!!!

  29. Perry is absolutely living in an alternate universe. Hey, Perry, weren’t you and Nancy Pelosi about the only people in this universe who thought Democrats were going to maintain their strong majority in the US House after the 2010 elections? How did that turn out, again? Those elections?

    Nobody is buying the absolutely delusional crap you’re selling, Perry.

    The total number of adult citizens living in the US is 7 digits higher now than when Bush was President, but the total number of people the BLS considers in the active workforce (including those looking for work) is 7 digits lower now than when Bush was President, and the reported unemployment rate (which is below the actual unemployment rate, by several points) is very clearly higher than when Bush was President.

    A very clear majority of voters approve of Voter ID, including a very clear majority of voters of Hispanic origin.

    A very clear majority of voters want ObamaCare overturned or repealed and believe it is Unconstitutional.

    The only people who consider the TEA Party “extremists” are the same radical Leftists who would consider JFK to be far too Right-Wing Extremist today.

    But Perry has been so delusional for so many years, it is impossible for the Truth to reach his rotted out mind.

  30. Mr. Hitchcock, I think he’s cute. After all, how often can you find a man of Wagonwheels age who still believes in fairy tales? It’s proof positive one can grow older yet never grow up.

  31. WW wrote:

    With Reppublicans on here claiming that Presidcnt Obama has no record on which to run, let’s take a quick look at what the polls are telling us about the current electoral vote count: Obama 294 Romney 170 (270 needed win).

    It’s May 13th. Here’s a story from May 17, 1988:


    Poll Shows Dukakis Leads Bush; Many Reagan Backers Shift Sides


    By E. J. DIONNE Jr
    Published: May 17, 1988

    Michael S. Dukakis is capitalizing on deep public doubts about Vice President Bush and the Reagan Administration’s handling of key issues and has emerged as the early favorite for the Presidential election in November, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

    Mr. Dukakis, the probable Democratic nominee, ran ahead of Mr. Bush, the almost certain Republican candidate, by 49 percent to 39 percent among 1,056 registered voters.

    The survey, conducted May 9-12, represented a significant advance for Mr. Dukakis since a Times/CBS News Poll in March when Mr. Bush had 46 percent and Mr. Dukakis had 45 percent.

    In the latest poll, Governor Dukakis of Massachusetts led in all regions, but he ran especially well in the Northeast and Middle West. The poll found Mr. Dukakis with very substantial advantages over Mr. Bush among women, union members, Roman Catholics and blacks.

    Strikingly, 28 percent of those who said they voted for President Reagan in 1984 said they preferred Mr. Dukakis over Mr. Bush this time; only 9 percent of those who said they backed Walter F. Mondale in 1984 switched to Mr. Bush. Mr. Dukakis was also far ahead among those who said they did not vote in 1984, and he scored well even in groups where President Reagan continues to be popular – notably among voters under 30 years old.

    And a couple of months later, there was this:


    Dukakis Lead Widens, According to New Poll


    Published July 26, 1988

    In the aftermath of the Democratic National Convention, the party’s nominee, Michael S. Dukakis, has expanded his lead among registered voters over Vice President Bush, the probable Republican nominee, according to a Gallup Poll.

    This was among the findings of a national public opinion poll of 948 registered voters conducted late last week for Newsweek magazine by the Gallup Organization. The telephone interviews took place on July 21, which was the last night of the convention, and on the night after that.

    Fifty-five percent of the 948 registered voters interviewed in the poll said they preferred to see Mr. Dukakis win the 1988 Presidential election, while 38 percent said they preferred to see Mr. Bush win. The poll had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

    This represented a shift in Mr. Dukakis’s lead from the 47 percent to 41 percent advantage he held in the last pre-convention Gallup Poll, taken by telephone July 8-10. In that poll, 1,001 registered voters were interviewed.

    There’s only one poll that actually counts, and it won’t be held until November 6th.

  32. But, when there’s real dirt…Offer a bribe! The following excerpt is from the New York Post, 5/12/12.

    The ‘bribe’ to silence Wright

    When sermons of Obama’s Chicago pastor, Jeremiah Wright, surfaced during the Iowa primaries, it threatened to derail Obama’s campaign. ABC aired one where Wright screamed, “Goddamn America!” Edward Klein interviewed Wright, who told him Obama’s team tried to buy his silence.

    ‘Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicago’s Kwame Nkrumah Academy. “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”

    “Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.

    “It was from one of Barack’s closest friends.”

    “He offered you money?”

    “Not directly,” Wright said. “He sent the offer to one of the members of the church, who sent it to me.”

    “How much money did he offer you?”

    “One hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” Wright said.

    “Did Obama himself ever make an effort to see you?”

    “Yes,” Wright said. “Barack said he wanted to meet me in secret, in a secure place.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/the_bribe_to_silence_wright_io9jneobl3fUF0cb7LpcNM#ixzz1ulv2l7Hv

  33. Koolo wrote:

    If I were Romney, I’d be cautiously confident.

    “Cautiously confident” is exactly right. Mr Romney survived a very bruising primary campaign, and that takes a toll, but he has emerged in good shape, having taken no critically damaging blows, and if some of the more conservative Republicans have some lingering doubts about him, he is not a “scary” candidate as far as the independents who will determine the outcome of this election are concerned.

    A “scary” candidate is exactly what the Democrats want to try to make him. And so The Washington Post comes up with a 5,000 word story so poorly sourced that it would get an F in a high school journalism class, trying to portray a teenaged Mitt Romney as a bully, because there’s really no dirt on him: he’s married to his first wife, hasn’t suffered a bimbo eruption, and doesn’t have a DUI in his past. Heck, he’s so clean that The New York Times tried to make that a problem:


    The Wrath of Grapes


    By TIMOTHY EGAN

    We know from a rare personal admission that Mitt Romney experienced a faint whiff of alcohol, a long, long time ago. “I tasted a beer and tried a cigarette once as a wayward teenager,” he said last November, “and never tried it again.”

    No doubt, Romney has friends who own multinational breweries. But he would fail the presidential beer test — that is, whom would you most like to sip suds with — simply because his Mormon faith prohibits drinking alcohol. But then, he would also fail the presidential cookie test, as he showed in another awkward appearance with real people last week.

    I’ve always thought the beer buddy threshold was nonsense. Still, it’s worth considering what a White House without a tippling tenant would be like. Sobriety, laudable in many respects, does imply rigidity of thought. The best presidents were open-minded, and generally open to a drink. The nondrinkers, at least over the last century or so, were terrible presidents.

    The last president to swear off alcohol was George W. Bush, who seems doomed to have his name forever followed by the words, “and we know how that turned out.” During his misspent youth, W. was a heavy drinker and considered quite the cutup, but was also obnoxious, smashing his car into trash cans and challenging his father to go “mano a mano.”

    Jimmy Carter was a teetotaler, and he earned his one-term status. Were the two connected? Can’t say. But his temperance (though he now drinks wine) was much harder on White House visitors than the White House occupant.

    “You’d arrive at 6 or 6:30 p.m., and the first thing you would be reminded of, in case you needed reminding, was that he and Rosalynn had removed all the liquor from the White House,” Teddy Kennedy lamented in his memoir, “True Compass.”

    Carter’s arid receptions give Romney something to consider. Would guests be more inclined to listen while he droned on about the European debt crisis, knowing that the presidential liquor cabinet held hope of a promising end to the evening?

    It takes a liberal to find not getting drunk to be a problem!¹ But they are searching mightily, looking high and low, to find something, anything, which will besmirch Governor Romney’s character, because they need something other than President Obama’s record on which to run.

    Mr Romney’s wife, Ann, started having physical problems in 1997, and just before Thanksgiving of 1998, she was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The Romneys were wealthy, so the diagnosis wasn’t financially devastating, but a lot of men husbands would have found some way, some reason, to just take off after that; Mr Romney didn’t. It doesn’t seem very likely that they’ll find much dirt on him.

    Of course, there is one thing: you may recall that the Editor wrote, last December, that, if Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential nomination, the Democrats would certainly take to attacking his religion — Mr Romney is a Mormon — despite all of their claims that they are the multi-culturalist, tolerant people.

    And while Governor Perry’s religious views are fairly unremarkable and American mainstream, should Governor Romney win the nomination, I’m absolutely certain that we will see the attacks coming from the Democrats based on the fact he is a Mormon. Oh, they’ll try to make them subtle, if they can figure out how, and they’ll try to make them second- and third-hand if they can — nothing directly on the campaign websites, of course — but I guarantee you that they’ll be made.

    As noted here and here, your Editor was wrong about one thing: they didn’t wait until Mr Romney had actually won the nomination. And we can count on more attempts by the professional media to point out, subtly, of course, that, hey, did you know, Mitt Romney is a Mormon.

    That would be the same professional media which found Barack Obama’s presence in the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church to be nothing of any significance at all.

    Of course, they’ll keep looking, digging, trying desperately to find more dirt on Mitt Romney . . . and invent something if nothing can be found.

    ______________________________________
    ¹ – As Hoagie and Wagonwheel may remember from our lunch meeting a year ago, your Editor does not drink. It is not because he is morally or religiously opposed to the consumption of alcohol, or that he is a recovering alcoholic who simply can’t touch the stuff, but because he simply doesn’t like alcohol.

  34. Comparing Romney to Reagan is a false equivalence – bad news for Republicans.

    You guys used to call Reagan an extremist, too.

    In fact, there is little good news for Republicans. After all their unpatriotic obfuscation and do-nothing approach to governing, a majority of Americans perceive the truth about Republicans and they will lose!

    You mean, like they did in 2010?

  35. Of course, I believe in evidence, not conspiracy theories, as in Ohio in 2004 and FL in 2000, both of which changed th course of our history in what may turn out to be an irreversible manner. Many well educated moderate Americans understand this very well!

    More like the same kind of kooks who believe in Blu’s conspiracy theories.

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