Wonder if she’ll drop the case now.
Gloria Allred may well be the lawyer, as per TMZ, attempting to unseal the divorce records of “Staples co-founder Tom Stemberg and his first wife Maureen”, but the move has Barack Obama’s fingerprints all over it. As Sarah Hoyt, blogging at Instapundit, reminds us unsealing private records is the Democrat’s signature move.
He did it twice in his 2004 race for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois, first against his strongest primary opponent, Blair Hull, then against Republican nominee Jack Ryan. Now, to be sure, it was the Chicago Tribune, not Mr. Obama (or his team) who filed suit to unseal the records, but it does seem interesting that, in both cases, the paper was looking into sealed information about that Democrat’s opponent.
Indeed, about the Hull matter, the New York Times did report that, “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.” Do hope some people ask Miss Allred today whether or not David Axelrod had asked her to purse this matter. And why she waited until just two weeks before the general election to do so.
Ace, who has looked at the details of the case in question, a divorce settlement from 1986, doesn’t “really see the Romney angle, except in extremely contrived fashion.” (Read the whole to see why.) Trying to figure out what Mr. Romney’s testimony in a 26-year-old divorce case have to do with his ability to govern the United States of America. [Read more…]
But Voter ID laws are not necessary….
Videographer James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas caught an official for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign helping who she thought was an Obama supporter set herself up to vote more than once in November.
Stephanie Caballero is the regional field director for Obama’s Organizing For America in Houston, Texas. Federal Election Commission documents show, according to Project Veritas, that Caballero is a “salaried employee of the DNC [Democratic National Committee].”
Caballero is caught on camera helping the young woman try to vote in Florida and Texas in the upcoming election.
Remember — if this were a Republican Presidential re-election effort…
UP-UPDATE (from Dan): Great minds. Had seen the story on Jim Geraghty’s Campaign Spot and thought it might make a good blog post!
UP-UP-UPDATE (from Dan): OBAMA SUPPORTER BRAGS ABOUT ILLEGAL FOREIGN DONATIONS ON PRESIDENT’S OWN WEBSITE
“Can you imagine,” Hugh Hewitt asks, “if George Bush had told Karl Rove to get Howard Dean nominated and to spend millions to do so?”
The blogger cites a story in the Orlando Sentinel which would have gotten national attention had the incumbent’s much maligned predecessor done just that:
The Democrats are targeting Mitt Romney as if he were already the Republican nominee running against President Barack Obama, with campaign ads, Internet videos, daily news conferences and dozens of news releases attacking the former Massachusetts governor.
Traditional Democratic partners are jumping in, too. Both theAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ and Service Employees International Union’s political-action committees are running their own TV commercials in Florida this week — attacking Romney.
Gingrich and the other two Republican candidates, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas U.S.Rep.Ron Paul, are being all but ignored by the DNC and its allies. Instead, they’re hammering Romney harder even than his rivals are, paying for TV and radio ads saying that Romney changes his positions on issues such as abortion; that his hard-line positions on immigration would be “devastating” to Hispanics in a state full of them; that his business record was characterized by “greed.”
Hugh contends that “Obama fears Romney so he is trying to eliminate him early“, adding that “In the old days it would be called a ‘dirty trick,’ but MSM loves the president and won’t criticize his operation.”
Via Powerline where Scott Johnson observes that Sentinel reporter Scott Powers compares this tactic to Richard Nixon’s reelection strategy in 1972, quipping that “When the shenanigans of Nixon’s crew were exposed . . . , I seem to recall that they were held out as something of a scandal“. Scott, that’s because when Republicans do such thing, they are scandals. When Democrats do them, well, they’re just not newsworthy.