Remember the 2010 State of the Union Address when Obama claimed the Supreme Court decision giving corporations the same first amendment right to contribute to political campaigns as big labor unions (spending $250 million on campaigns this year) would open the "floodgates" for foreign corporations to "spend without limits" in our elections? Justice Alito, who sat near the front row along with other members of the U.S. Supreme Court was seen to mouth the words "not true?" Alito's view has been widely upheld but apparently that doesn't stop Obama and the Dems from continuing their campaign of obvious disinformation.
Obama and the Dems have repackaged their phony foreign money charge in an even more audacious and outrageous attack. Twice in campaign stops last Thursday Obama cited a liberal blog as his source that Republicans are using foreign money (a violation of federal law) to fund their 2010 campaigns through organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and groups like American Crossroads which is actively supported by former Bush aide Karl Rove.
Obama's charge was too much to swallow even for the New York Times whose reporter Eric Licthbau said this in a story on Friday:
There is little evidence that what the chamber does in collecting overseas dues is improper or even unusual, according to both liberal and conservative election-law lawyers and campaign finance documents.Karl Rove responded on the Fox News Sunday program calling the allegations "baseless" and a "desperate political ploy." Video of Rove's interview is here.
In fact, the controversy over the Chamber of Commerce financing may say more about the Washington spin cycle — where an Internet blog posting can be quickly picked up by like-minded groups and become political fodder for the president himself — than it does about the vagaries of campaign finance.
Democrat National Committee Picks Up Lie and Runs....
In an ad called "Stealing Democracy" the Democrat National Committee picks up where Obama left off and goes one better down the road of deliberate falsehoods and election sleaze. Even the Baltimore Sun TV critic (who posts a video of the ad) called it : a " new low for midterm mud:"
Here is what's so appalling to me: The ad makes the totally unsubstantiated charge that the Chamber of Commerce is taking money from foreign interests and using it to "steal our democracy." And worse, President Obama is out on the campaign trail, according to the New York Times, creating an echo chamber by making the same reckless claims just as the ad hits the airwaves. And when CBS newsman Bob Schieffer Sunday asks David Axelrod if there is any proof for the claim, the senior Obama aide says they don't need proof -- it's up to the Chamber of Commerce to prove it isn't true.Is it any wonder a young man at a rally at Bowie State University on Thursday began shouting at Obama: "YOU'RE A LIAR!"
The Democratic National Commitee is using the same sort of tactic and logic that Sen. Joe McCarthy used in the 1950s: Level a headline-grabbing and unsubstantiated charge, like the State Department is filled with communists, and then say it is up to the State Department and the employees so charged to prove it is not true.
So much for hope and change; this is the politics of fear, slander and divisiveness on the eve of an election that looks as if it could deliver a damning verdict on the first two years of the Obama administration.
CBS' Bob Schieffer to Axelrod: "Is that the best you can do?"
In a remarkable interview, even Bob Schieffer of CBS news seems to understand how absurd these phony charges are:
Schieffer to Axelrod: “I guess I would put it this way. If the only charge Democrats can make three weeks into the election is that somehow this may or may not be foreign money coming into the campaign, is that the best you can do?”
Commenting on the Schieffer interview, Stuart Gottlieb,Director of policy studies, the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University said:
"When the New York Times, Washington Post, and CBS News all declare the attacks to be without merit, something, somewhere, has gone very, very, wrong in Democratic Party Land....As Axelrod's colorless face attests: when you've lost Bob Schieffer, you've seriously lost your way."
We knew Democrats would have to fight dirty this election. They certainly could not run on their record and all the old Obama magic has turned to dust when exposed to reality.
The only question was how low and how dirty would Democrats go? Well, it looks like they are headed to the bottom. And since the news media is not likely to hold Obama accountable to the same degree they certainly would of a Republican, it will be up to the voters to pass judgement!