Skip to comments.The Woman Who Changed the World
Posted on 02/15/2008 10:36:57 AM PST by COUNTrecount
With Barack Obamas meteoric rise topping the news these days, many people have forgotten the bizarre series of events that paved the way to his stunning ascendance. Its especially interesting given that some personal and minor details, thought at the time to be insignificant, could now eventually shape the world we live in - given that Obama has a realistic chance to win the presidency. In retrospect, Obamas presidential run was the candidacy that almost never happened.
Back in 2004, Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator with some modest accomplishments on his resume. He spearheaded welfare reform in the Illinois statehouse, and took the lead in passing a law that required interrogations in murder cases to be videotaped.
After unsuccessfully challenging strong Democratic incumbent Bobby Rush in a Congressional primary in 2000, Obama returned in 2004 to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Senator Peter Fitzgerald. Obama emerged from a crowded Democratic primary that included multi-millionaire Blair Hull, who spent $29 million of his own money in the primary alone (including paying homeowners $75 a day to keep his signs in their yards). In an 8-candidate race, Obama garnered 53% of the vote, routing his opponents.
Yet despite running away with the primary, Obama still had a formidable challenge in Republican Jack Ryan. Ryan was an impressive candidate - attractive and wealthy, with law and business degrees from Harvard. After making a fortune at Goldman Sachs, Ryan left to teach in an inner city school.
Yet Ryan had a problem - during the campaign, he was going through a messy divorce from actress Jeri Ryan, of Star Trek: Voyager fame. Details of Jeri Ryans testimony contained lurid details about Ryan forcing his wife to go to sex clubs in Paris. These details were toxic to Jack Ryans campaign, and he saw his poll numbers plummet - eventually, Republican leaders pressed Ryan to quit the race, fearing he was toxic to the statewide ticket.
Eventually, Ryan bowed out, leaving the Illinois Republican Party to find a candidate to run against Obama. This led to the national embarrassment of Alan Keyes moving to Illinois to run. Naturally, Obama won 70%-27%, buoyed by his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention.
The rest is history. Certainly, Obama deserves all the credit for the way he has excited Democratic crowds around the country - leading to his rout of Hillary Clinton in Iowa. And he may have beaten Jack Ryan on his own. But its fascinating to think that the salacious testimony of a woman scorned could one day fundamentally alter the path of the world in which we live. Without it, Barack Obama could still be sitting in the Illinois statehouse, planning his next political move.
The larger question.Who was able to get those divorce records unsealed?
Mary - the mother of Jesus? Joan of Arc? Obama's white mother who raised him on her own after Obama's black father deserted them? No - a woman who took down a republican.
Well, if the co-president in the White House could keep 900+ FBI records in the 90s, anything is possible.
...glad it wasn't paris hilton...
The fanboys don’t call her “six of nine” for nuthin’!
So really, Obama was created by the Borg.
Actress Jeri Ryan, married to a wealthy young popular Republican Governor, refused to go to sex clubs and perform fornication in public, thus resulting to a death blow to conservative movement.
I’m beginning to see the irony of her character on Shark losing re-election as the L.A. County D.A.
The rat media. Who else would have done it?
I’m glad someone knows the rules around here.