Obama’s signature move: Unsealing private records

maggiemay 2012/08/08 16:06:11

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 opponents.

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 vote.

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 Chicago.

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:

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 scandal.)

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 answer.

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 Chicago.

It’s almost like a serial killer’s signature. Unsealed personal
records have been released to the press. Obama must be running for

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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  • Bevos maggiemay 2012/08/11 13:53:03
    I think he did. He didn't come back. Usually he is on here spewing insults where he can!!!
    I just watched the Romney naming of Paul Ryan as VP running mate. It was phenomenal!!! I was clapping and cheering just like if I was there. And my little dog thought we were having a party. She started running around and dancing!!!
  • Lady Wh... Bevos 2012/08/09 15:46:53
    Lady Whitewolf
    Try REVERSING that.
  • maggiemay Lady Wh... 2012/08/09 19:04:20
  • Bevos Lady Wh... 2012/08/10 15:09:11
    You know? We have a Lady Whitewolf and a Lady Whitewulf on here and I ALWAYS know which one is which by their answers. Lady Whitewulf is an intelligent, delightful person. And.................
  • Roger 2012/08/09 04:18:28
  • urwutuis 2012/08/09 04:18:26
    If they couldn't find anything to lie about in his 2010 return how would they find things in other returns to lie about?
    Romney's stated reason for non release sounds like horse manure and I doubt Obama had anything to do with Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, or John McCain since running against any of them would have been a cake walk.

    It's funny to see this after all the squawking about the non-release of Obama's records
  • Defend ... urwutuis 2012/08/09 10:00:17
    Defend Western Civlization
    mccain and obama are both liberal progressives
  • Souther... Defend ... 2012/08/09 11:40:12
    Southern Man
    I hate it but your right
  • urwutuis Defend ... 2012/08/09 20:20:59
    What's your point?
  • Pedro D... urwutuis 2012/08/09 12:13:14
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    McCain was leading in the polls. George Bush paraded out to the back porch of the whitehouse along with Bernake, Paulson and Cox. End of the Universe Sept 18th, election Nov 3. An inside job. Bush handed the Presidency to Obama

  • maggiemay Pedro D... 2012/08/09 15:09:00
    Sure did. McCain was winning till then.
  • ProudPr... Pedro D... 2012/08/09 19:51:57
    Bush helped, but I think McCain's campaign was doomed the minute he was forced to take on an incompetent, corrupt, airheaded failure as his running mate.
  • Defend ... ProudPr... 2012/08/10 01:11:45
    Defend Western Civlization
    I see you a Liberal Progressive ELITE Obama Representative saying Sara Palin a WOMEN is a Airhead
  • Pedro D... ProudPr... 2012/08/10 02:52:58
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    That is what you think of McCain and wouldn't have voted for him but he was leading at the time until Bush delt his campaign a death blow. At the time Sara Palin improved his ratings. Obama would have lost if not for Bush. Watch the Bush speeches I posted. He was spreading PANIC so the 0 would win. Very deliberate election tampering.
  • urwutuis Pedro D... 2012/08/09 20:43:45
    Maybe if he hadn't chosen a ditz as a running mate he would have been OK
  • Defend ... urwutuis 2012/08/10 01:12:33
    Defend Western Civlization
    wrong mccain and obama are the same both Liberal progressives
  • urwutuis Defend ... 2012/08/10 03:51:15
    Yeah, you said that already.
  • Pedro D... urwutuis 2012/08/10 02:49:54
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    The "DITZ" played into the loss very little. I posted two videos. Watch them. They instilled panic. Economic Panic. Those 2 speeches, along with Paulson's Senate testimony, more than anything won the election for 0. The timing was to guarantee the 0's win, chosen in some backroom to be the Bush successor. To date, besides the TARP robbery, nothing has been done about banking and the economy. Those speeches could have waited until mid-November if it was about the economy, it was about election fixing and Bush - 0 are joined at the hip.
  • urwutuis Pedro D... 2012/08/10 04:13:50
    You're probably right about the ditz and I have no doubt elections are the illusion of freedom.
    I get the feeling that every new president is taken to a room and shown a film of the Kennedy assassination from an angle never seen before and at the end somebody says "Any questions?"
  • maggiemay urwutuis 2012/08/10 05:48:27
    Now that is an interesting concept.
  • Defend ... urwutuis 2012/08/10 09:44:43
    Defend Western Civlization
    And next your gonna say the Jews did 9/11 right?
  • Defend ... Pedro D... 2012/08/10 01:10:47
    Defend Western Civlization
    that is not true mccain is a liberal progressive moderate republican who worked with liberal progressives on killing free speech
    the only reason Mccain was winning is cause of the Conservative Palin
    the loser mccan is attacking Bachman for investigating the impact on America CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood is having
  • Pedro D... Defend ... 2012/08/10 04:30:32
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    When McCain picked Palin his ratings went up. She wasn't part of the team and that is why McCain had to loose. Since the election McCain has been reigned in and is back on the team.
  • Defend ... Pedro D... 2012/08/10 09:45:55 (edited)
    Defend Western Civlization
    mccain is a liberal progressive moderate republican
    Palin is a CONSERVATIVE
    mccan is attacking Bachman for investigating the impact on America CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood is having
  • maggiemay urwutuis 2012/08/09 15:07:30
    I wouldn't call beating McCain a cake walk. In fact Obama was losing till McCain dropped his campaign, and went back to Washington to push for Tarp.
    As far as Cain, and the sexual harassment that went conveniently away after he dropped out of the race. Not another mention about it.
    You don't find it interesting that every one who has ever ran against Obama ends up getting smeared, yet Obama, and team had nothing to do with it?
  • ProudPr... maggiemay 2012/08/09 19:53:59
    McCain had a slight lead until McCain chose an incompetent corrupt airhead as his running mate. And his attempt to politicize an economic crisis blew up in his face and was just another nail in the coffin. I remember well how quickly he flip flopped when he realized that no one was buying his stunt and he was handing Senator Obama the chance to have two hours of free uninterrupted airtime all to himself on all the major networks if McCain had refused to show up for the debate he was so frightened of.
  • urwutuis maggiemay 2012/08/09 20:26:00
    Did you think the system wasn't being manipulated?
    Anyone with the ability to actually change anything stands a better chance of finding Jimmy Hoffa than being elected.
  • Defend ... urwutuis 2012/08/10 01:14:21
    Defend Western Civlization
    jimmy hoffa was a TERRORIST RAPIST who beat women
  • Defend ... maggiemay 2012/08/10 01:13:20
    Defend Western Civlization
    Cain is a Conservative while mccant is a liberal progressive who is attacking Bachman who is standing up fro America/Israel and Western Civilization
  • PrettieReptar 2012/08/09 03:51:20
    Must explain why Obama sealed his own records...
  • ProudPr... Prettie... 2012/08/09 19:54:51
    The President hasn't sealed any records. College records are kept confidential by the schools, not by the students.

    I notice Mitt hasn't released his college records, either, yet none of you folks seem to mind.
  • Defend ... ProudPr... 2012/08/10 01:15:24
    Defend Western Civlization
    the GUTLESS TRAITOR AND Jew Hating Anti Semite has sealed the records pertaining to him attending a Indonesia public school which only Citizens can go to
  • Prettie... ProudPr... 2012/08/16 00:56:52
    Students can permit their records be released or release them on their own.

    Deflecting is weak.
  • Mrs. V 2012/08/09 03:28:17
    Mrs. V
    I personally would rather know what Mr. Dopehead Obama college records say.
  • biggerman 2012/08/09 03:18:53
    I hope Romney can turn the tables on that creep and expose his dirty laundry - It appears that he has plenty of it.
  • ProudPr... biggerman 2012/08/09 19:55:37
    With your army of America haters, if there was anything genuinely damaging to President Obama in his past it would have been on the front page of the New York Post four years ago.
  • biggerman ProudPr... 2012/08/09 22:13:00 (edited)
  • kevjon 2012/08/09 02:51:02
    Looks like the pecker head is up against a wall, now Romney needs to demand Reid and Pelosi to show their tax records. I'm sure Pelosi is riddled with scams.
    Makes you wonder how Reid made millions in DC after entering with a net worth of 350 thousand.
  • maggiemay kevjon 2012/08/09 03:22:21
    He is now worth 10 Million. We must be be paying these asses to much.
  • kevjon maggiemay 2012/08/09 11:17:30
    We should all scream at the top of a roof to make them explain how they get so stinking rich working for us under 100 thousand dollar salaries. The nerve of those scum bags pushing taxes on the rich while exempting themselves from criticism and taxes. Obama went in poor and when pointed out about his millions liberals will tell you he earned it with his books but yet will call a CEO greedy and a crook.

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