Let he who is without sin …
President Barack Hussein Obama is rather fond of quoting (more to the point, misquoting) scripture to make a point about income redistribution being a religious obligation rather than a government seizure (second item). So you’d think that he and his surrogates would be familiar with John 8:7 and refrain from lobbing accusations against his opponent, Mitt Romney, that won’t boomerang back. But you’d be wrong:
† Democrats pounced when Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) erroneously claimed in an interview that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” meaning she won’t get pregnant, and are feverishly trying to link his maladroit mistake on the Republican Party’s 2012 platform, to the Romney-Ryan ticket and even House and Senate races nationwide.
Not-so-funny thing, though, Obama surrogate Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) also said something very wrong about rape: In 1995 he joked about drugging CBS reporter Lesley Stahl and “when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.”
And Obama has given the honor of nominating him for a second term to former President Bill Clinton – who was forced to pay AR state employee Paula Jones $850K to drop her sexual harassment suit against him for (allegedly) propositioning her and exposing himself to her, and was accused of forcible rape of one of his campaign workers, Juanita Broaddrick. And you can chalk it up to Instant Karma that in an October 2006 interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, none other than Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) – whom Akin is challenging – told then-host Tim Russert, “I think he’s been a great leader, but I don’t want my daughter near him.”
† Earlier this month, Obama supporters started a #MoreFakeMitt hashtag campaign ridiculing Romney for allegedly buying Twitter followers to create the false impression of online popularity and social media savvy. Well, it turns out that 70% of Obama’s 18.8 million followers are fake, according to Fake Follower Check, an app developed by social media management company StatusPeople. Rob Waller, a founder of StatusPeople, tells The New York Times that Fake accounts tend to follow a lot of people but have few followers. We then combine that with a few other metrics to confirm the account is fake.”
† In July, the Obama campaign accused the Romney campaign of using his stump speech quotes “You didn’t build that” and “Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan. And it worked” out of context, but The Washington Post notes that “the Obama team’s hands aren’t quite clean when it comes to context, either, including its use of Romney’s ‘I’m not concerned about the very poor’ and ‘I like being able to fire people’ quotes.”
† Also in July, the Obama campaign, its surrogates and its affiliated super-PACs have repeatedly attacked Romney for offshore holdings that allow him to legally shelter some of his income from taxation, but it turns out that Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL) has a 401k retirement fund run by Davis Financial Fund with investments in Swiss banks, foreign drug companies, and the state bank of India, The Weekly Standard reports. She’s not the only high-ranking Dem with foreign financial dealings, according to National Review.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who has a net worth between $44 million and $94 million, shelters a couple of mill of it in offshore accounts in the Channel Islands and in Mauritius; Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has $15,000 to $50,000 socked away in a hedge fund held by his wife in the Cayman Islands, which earned $50,000 to $100,000 in capital gains, dividends, and interest; the family of Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) wife has stashed between $500,000 and $1 million in a real-estate private-equity fund in Mauritius; and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) – the wealthiest man in the Senate, thanks to his wife, ketchup heiress Teresa Heinz Kerry – has listed a Channel Island fund in his wife’s name that holds at least $2 million on his 2010 financial disclosure forms; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received between $1 million and $5 million in partnership income from Matthews International Capital Management LLC, which has investments throughout Asia.
† An ad released by the Obama campaign in May, interviewed former steelworkers at GST Steel’s Kansas City plant was shut down in 2001. Romney had left Bain Capital and moved to UT to turnaround the Winter Olympics two years earlier, but Jonathan Lavine – a major Obama bundler who has raised between $100K and $200K for the 2012 Obama Victory Fund – was managing director at Bain Capital at the time the decision was made to shutter that plant – but not other GST plants that are still in operation.
† On several occasions Obama and his surrogates have accused Romney of being a “corporate raider” who outsourced jobs to make money on the companies that Bain had invested in. Not only these ads were debunked, but the Washington Examiner reports that Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have invested between $200,000 and $450,000 in the Vanguard 500 Index Fund, which has significant holdings in technology companies that outsource tens of thousands of jobs to India, China and other countries. One of those companies is General Electric, whose CEO Jeffrey Immelt was chosen by Obama to be his jobs czar.
And BuzzFeed reports that one prominent Obama donor is former Dell Computer executive Tom Meredith, who laid off 3,000 and 4,000 U.S. employees while sparing roughly the same number of jobs in its Asia Pacific facilities.
Moreover, Obama outsourced millions of dollars of taxpayer funds to U.S. and foreign companies that used the money to create jobs overseas, according to an exhaustively researched editorial by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly. To cite a couple of her many examples: After receiving a $500 million U.S. loan guarantee, Fisker Automotive built a factory in Finland to producing its $100,000 electric sports car, and two Korean electric car battery manufacturers got $300 million to build plants in Michigan, but imported foreign nationals to work in them. Oh, and after we bailed out General Motors, the company opened a $200 million plant in Thailand to make diesel engines for its Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.
Obama’s campaign strategists need to do oppo research on their boss so that they can avoid making charges that can easily be turned back on him. The Obama campaign is spending money faster than it’s coming in on a barrage of wild-eyed attack ads that have succeeded only in diminishing the president and repelling the independent voters he needs to win.