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The Woman Who Changed the World
Wisconsin Policy Research Institute ^ | January 6, 2008 | Christian Schneider

Posted on 02/15/2008 10:36:57 AM PST by COUNTrecount

With Barack Obama’s meteoric rise topping the news these days, many people have forgotten the bizarre series of events that paved the way to his stunning ascendance. It’s 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, Obama’s 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 Ryan’s testimony contained lurid details about Ryan forcing his wife to go to sex clubs in Paris. These details were toxic to Jack Ryan’s 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 it’s 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.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
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Details of Jeri Ryan’s testimony contained lurid details about Ryan forcing his wife to go to sex clubs in Paris. These details were toxic to Jack Ryan’s 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.

The larger question.Who was able to get those divorce records unsealed?

1 posted on 02/15/2008 10:36:58 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

Jeri Ryan.....rrrreeeooooowwwwwrrrr.

:)


2 posted on 02/15/2008 10:38:20 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: COUNTrecount
The Woman Who Changed the World

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.

3 posted on 02/15/2008 10:40:14 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: SevenofNine

Ping.


4 posted on 02/15/2008 10:40:58 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: COUNTrecount
The larger question.Who was able to get those divorce records unsealed?

Well, if the co-president in the White House could keep 900+ FBI records in the 90s, anything is possible.

5 posted on 02/15/2008 10:46:37 AM PST by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: COUNTrecount
So Jerri Ryan changed the world?

Cool!

...glad it wasn't paris hilton...

6 posted on 02/15/2008 10:52:28 AM PST by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Publius6961

The fanboys don’t call her “six of nine” for nuthin’!


7 posted on 02/15/2008 10:54:28 AM PST by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: COUNTrecount

So really, Obama was created by the Borg.


8 posted on 02/15/2008 10:55:02 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the politics in politics.)
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To: COUNTrecount
This thread is worthless without pictures.


9 posted on 02/15/2008 10:55:28 AM PST by CholeraJoe (A day without a deleted post is like a day without sunshine)
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To: COUNTrecount
You knwo the rules


10 posted on 02/15/2008 10:57:08 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the politics in politics.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Future History:

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.


11 posted on 02/15/2008 10:58:31 AM PST by The_Republican (You know why Chelsea Clinton is so Ugly? Because Janet Reno is her Father! LOL! - Mac is Back!)
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To: CholeraJoe
She could be a problem. Is that Hussein's mama?
12 posted on 02/15/2008 11:06:29 AM PST by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: ElkGroveDan

I’m beginning to see the irony of her character on Shark losing re-election as the L.A. County D.A.


13 posted on 02/15/2008 11:26:36 AM PST by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: COUNTrecount
The larger question.Who was able to get those divorce records unsealed?

The rat media. Who else would have done it?

14 posted on 02/15/2008 12:22:15 PM PST by freespirited (The worst Republican is far preferable to the best Democrat.)
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To: CholeraJoe

I’m glad someone knows the rules around here.


15 posted on 02/15/2008 12:24:33 PM PST by bmwcyle (I am the watchman on the tower sounding the alarm.)
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