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|From: ||soooright (22.214.171.124)
|Subject: ||Who's in the mood |
Date: || August 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm PST|
for a GREAT cut-and-paste?
Mitt Romney presents one enormous problem for Barack Obama’s
campaign: No divorce records. That’s why the media are so
hot to get their hands on Romney’s tax records for the past
25 years. They need something to “pick through, distort and
lie about” — as the Republican candidate says.
Obama’s usual campaign method, used in 100 percent of his
races, has been to pry into the private records of his
Democrats aren’t going to find any personal dirt on the
clean-cut Mormon, so they need complicated tax filings going
back decades in order to create the illusion of scandal out
of boring financial records.
Romney has already released his 2010 tax return and is about
to release his 2011 return. After all the huffing and
puffing by the media demanding those returns, the follow-up
story vanished remarkably quickly when the only thing the
return showed was that Romney pays millions of dollars in
taxes and gives a lot of money to charity.
Let’s take a romp down memory lane and review the typical
Obama campaign strategy. Obama became a U.S. senator only by
virtue of David Axelrod’s former employer, the Chicago
Tribune, ripping open the sealed divorce records of Obama’s
two principal opponents.
One month before the 2004 Democratic primary for the U.S.
Senate, Obama was down in the polls, about to lose to Blair
Hull, a multimillionaire securities trader. But then the
Chicago Tribune leaked the claim that Hull’s second ex-wife,
Brenda Sexton, had sought an order of protection against him
during their 1998 divorce proceedings.
Those records were under seal, but as The New York Times
noted: “The Tribune reporter who wrote the original piece
later acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had ‘worked
aggressively behind the scenes’ to push the story.” Many
people said Axelrod had “an even more significant role —
that he leaked the initial story.”
Both Hull and his ex-wife opposed releasing their sealed
divorce records, but they finally relented in response to
the media’s hysteria — 18 days before the primary. Hull was
forced to spend four minutes of a debate detailing the abuse
allegation in his divorce papers, explaining that his ex-
wife “kicked me in the leg and I hit her shin to try to get
her to not continue to kick me.”
After having held a substantial lead just a month before the
primary, Hull’s campaign collapsed with the chatter about
his divorce. Obama sailed to the front of the pack and won
the primary. Hull finished third with 10 percent of the
As luck would have it, Obama’s opponent in the general
election had also been divorced! Jack Ryan was tall,
handsome, Catholic — and shared a name with one of Harrison
Ford’s most popular onscreen characters! He went to
Dartmouth, Harvard Law and Harvard Business School, made
hundreds of millions of dollars as a partner at Goldman
Sachs, and then, in his early 40s, left investment banking
to teach at an inner city school on the South Side of
Ryan would have walloped Obama in the Senate race. But at
the request of — again — the Chicago Tribune, California
Judge Robert Schnider unsealed the custody papers in Ryan’s
divorce five years earlier from Hollywood starlet Jeri Lynn
Ryan, the bombshell Borg on “Star Trek: Voyager.”
Jack Ryan had released his tax records. He had released his
divorce records. But both he and his ex-wife sought to keep
the custody records under seal to protect their son.
Amid the 400 pages of filings from the custody case, Jack
Ryan claimed that his wife had had an affair, and she
counterclaimed with the allegation that he had taken her to
“sex clubs” in Paris, New York and New Orleans, which drove
her to fall in love with another man.
(Republicans: If you plan a career in public office, please
avoid marrying a wacko.)
Ryan had vehemently denied her allegations at the time, but
it didn’t matter. The sex club allegations aired on
“Entertainment Tonight,” “NBC Nightly News,” ABC’s “Good
Morning America,” “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” and
NBC’s “Today” show. CNN covered the story like it was the
first moon landing.
(Interestingly, international papers also were ablaze with
the story — the same newspapers that were supposed to be so
bored with American sexual mores during Bill Clinton’s sex
Four days after Judge Schnider unsealed the custody records,
Ryan dropped out of the race for the horror of (allegedly)
propositioning his own wife and then taking “no” for an
Alan Keyes stepped in as a last-minute Republican candidate.
And that’s how Obama became a U.S. senator. He destroyed
both his Democratic primary opponent and his Republican
general election opponent with salacious allegations about
their personal lives taken from “sealed” court records.
Obama’s team delved into Sarah Palin’s marriage and spread
rumors of John McCain’s alleged affair in 2008 and they
smeared Herman Cain in 2011 with hazy sexual harassment
allegations all emanating from David Axelrod’s pals in
It’s almost like a serial killer’s signature. Unsealed
personal records have been released to the press. Obama must
be running for office!
So you can see what a pickle the Obama campaign is in having
to run against a Dudley Do-Right, non-drinking, non-smoking,
God-fearing, happily married Mormon.
They’ve got to get their hands on thousands of pages of
Romney’s tax filings so that the media can — as Romney says
— lie about them. It will be interesting to see if Obama can
pick the lock of the famously guarded IRS.
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