Friday, July 13, 2012

Obama Still Not Transparent, Just More Apparent

Nixon's AG Went to Prison
The presidential contest for 2012 is getting weirder by the day, with the Obama camp defying many prominent national Democrats in his insistence on attacking Mitt Romney's Bain Capital days. Perhaps the push-back by the likes of former governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell, Governor Patrick Deval of Massachusetts and Newark Mayor Corey Booker has steered Team Obama toward the current course of attacks.

No longer confident that portraying capitalism -- at least publicly -- as a negative is a winning formula, Obama's camp is now flirting with the "possibility" that Romney may have criminally violated Securities Exchange Commission rules. Surrogates -- such as senior campaign adviser Stephanie Cutter -- of the incumbent have been on the talk shows declaring that Romney may be a criminal. That was the initial soft attack utilizing the qualifying, "either that, or he's a liar" fall back.

For his part, candidate Romney has demanded an apology from the Obama campaign for such a  ridiculous line of campaign tactics. Romney's defenders, meanwhile, bolster that assessment, claiming that Romney is probably the most squeaky-clean candidate the nation has seen since the Revolutionary days.

With Romney making the network rounds tonight to counter these charges, Obama doubled down on the criminal aspect of this, seemingly tossing aside the disclaimer that Cutter had earlier laid as a safety net for Obama. What's worse is the fact that Obama seemed to have made a veiled Nixonian threat towards Romney, saying that "he should answer the Bain questions" soon. Or what, would be the obvious question, although there is little doubt that Romney will do so with clear conviction. Is Obama suggesting that he'd get his attorney general involved?

Nixon had his well known "enemies list" for which he's been posthumously vilified, but Obama has had his own list publicized by Kimberly A. Strassel of the Wall Street Journal, to little fanfare. I think that there would be little argument how much a second term means to Barack Obama, so is there doubt that he'd try to use the AG's office to derail his only rival?

His ominous words about "answering soon" were spoken to Scott Thuman of WJLA, a D.C area ABC affiliate. In that brief interview, Obama also spoke of the ultimate responsibility of the top man, and how that responsibility rests at the top. He was referring to the fact that while Romney had actually left Bain -- in haste to run the Olympic Committee -- he was still listed as the top guy. Obama flashed some of his famous Audacity with the following statement:
If he aspires to being president, one of the things you learn is, you are ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations, that’s probably a question that he’s going to have to answer, and I think that’s a legitimate part of the campaign.”
If that didn't have your beverage assaulting your nasal cavities, Obama also followed up with this treasure:
“As president of the United States, it’s pretty clear to me that I’m responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you.” 
This coming from the man who has deflected virtually all blame from himself, despite nearly four years on the job? If you were paying attention, you would have noticed that he even blew the Truman quote. Or did he? Being the consummate politician, it may have been a clever lawyer trick. Truman said "the buck stops here", not with you. My guess is Obama foresaw being called on his hypocrisy, to which he could roll tape and point this out. In other words, it's you, not him.

Meanwhile, Romney was not content to sit idly by and let these attacks go unchallenged. While he needs to be a little more forceful as the campaign rolls on, here is a sampling of the interviews he gave to various networks tonight.

Romney mentioned "Chicago politics" in his interviews, and that's exactly what we're seeing. They must be exposed, because the people who voted for Obama in 2008 didn't see that that style of politics was the same then. It's all Obama and his handlers have.

As we get closer to Election Day, and as Obama's press secretary Jay Carney ludicrously claims that his boss has been the most transparent, it must be noted that transparency has different meanings. While President Obama has remained the most sequestered man to ever inhabit the Oval Office, his intentions for our nation have become increasingly more transparent. It's apparent that he means to ruin America at all costs.

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