A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the “super PAC” era and attack President Obama in ways that Republicans have so far shied away from.
Timed to upend the Democratic National Convention in September, the plan would “do exactly what John McCain would not let us do,” the strategists wrote.
The plan, which is awaiting approval, calls for running commercials linking Mr. Obama to incendiary comments by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose race-related sermons made him a highly charged figure in the 2008 campaign.
“The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way,” says the proposal, which was overseen by Fred Davis and commissioned by Joe Ricketts, the founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade. Mr. Ricketts is increasingly putting his fortune to work in conservative politics.
The $10 million plan, one of several being studied by Mr. Ricketts, includes preparations for how to respond to the charges of race-baiting it envisions if it highlights Mr. Obama’s former ties to Mr. Wright, who espouses what is known as “black liberation theology.”
The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an “extremely literate conservative African-American” who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.
"A metrosexual Abe Lincoln?" My assumption is that THIS kind of labeling is an attempt to put a question mark beside Obama's sexuality since the Right Wing simply cannot fathom how somebody, who was not gay themselves, could stand up for same sex marriage.
So THIS is what the Right Wing has been reduced to? Hell this is so pathetic that it comes right out of the moldy dogeared Sarah Palin playbook for attacking the President.
Even cranky old John McCain knew enough to avoid this like the plague.
Apparently the idea is to bring up President Obama's so-called "radical past," while making the case that he was relatively moderate during his first term to lull the electorate into a false sense of security before unleashing liberal Armageddon during his second term. ("It's not what he HAS done, it's what he MIGHT do!" screams the frantic Right Winger.)
And of course the usual suspects from Sean Hannity, to Sarah Palin, to Andrew Breitbart's website are all piling on.
To me this smacks of absolute panic on the part of the Right Wing. They know they cannot attack the President on his ability to protect America from terrorism, the jobs are coming back, and even gas prices are starting to go down, so what's left?
But hell if this is the Republican's best tactic, I say "Go for it!:
However if we are going to attack the candidate's religion in this next campaign season I have some rather serious questions about Mitt Romney's faith as well. (He says while rubbing his hands together in a gleeful fashion.)
Update: Well that did not take long.
According to The New York Times:
Mitt Romney condemned efforts to use President Obama’s former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, in ads attacking the president, as reportedly planned by a “super PAC” working toward electing Mr. Romney in November.
The guy whose name this plan was named after is doing damage control as well:
Joe Ricketts is a registered independent, a fiscal conservative and an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, but he is neither the author nor the funder of the so-called Ricketts Plan to defeat Mr. Obama that The New York Times wrote about this morning. Not only was this plan merely a proposal — one of several submitted to the Ending Spending Action Fund by third-party vendors — but it reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects and it was never a plan to be accepted but only a suggestion for a direction to take. Mr. Ricketts intends to work hard to help elect a president this fall who shares his commitment to economic responsibility, but his efforts are and will continue to be focused entirely on questions of fiscal policy, not attacks that seek to divide us socially or culturally.
But..but..how can they possibly not like this plan? After all Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin LOVE this idea. Oh, right.
Well personally I am saddened by this news. I had all kinds of great ideas for going after Romney if he took this approach.
Oh well I am sure the next idea will be almost as stupid. After all, it IS the GOP we are talking about.