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Obama Played by Chicago Rules
Wall Street Journal ^ | August 20, 2008 | David Freddoso

Posted on 08/20/2008 6:55:59 AM PDT by reaganaut1

Democrats don't like it when you say that Barack Obama won his first election in 1996 by throwing all of his opponents off the ballot on technicalities.

By clearing out the incumbent and the others in his first Democratic primary for state Senate, Mr. Obama did something that was neither illegal nor even uncommon. But Mr. Obama claims to represent something different from old-style politics -- especially old-style Chicago politics. And the senator is embarrassed enough by what he did that he misrepresents it in the prologue of his political memoir, "The Audacity of Hope."

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In real life, it did not matter what Mr. Obama said on the stump or whether South Side voters were impressed. What mattered was that, beginning on Jan. 2, 1996, his campaigners began challenging thousands of petition signatures the other candidates in the race had submitted in order to appear on the ballot. Thus would Mr. Obama win his state Senate seat, months before a single vote was cast.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Obama's petition challengers reported to him nightly on their progress as they disqualified his opponents' signatures on various technical grounds -- all legitimate from the perspective of law. One local newspaper, Chicago Weekend, reported that "[s]ome of the problems include printing registered voters name [sic] instead of writing, a female voter got married after she registered to vote and signed her maiden name, registered voters signed the petitions but don't live in the 13th district."

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; davidfreddoso; democrats; elections; freddoso; nobama08; obama; obamatruthtfile; thecaseagainstobama

1 posted on 08/20/2008 6:55:59 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

What is becoming increasingly clear is that Obama is a...flake.


2 posted on 08/20/2008 6:58:44 AM PDT by kjo
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To: reaganaut1

This is what happens when there are rules and they’re not followed: some will take advantage of the letter of the law over its spirit, whether for good or ill. I don’t like the guy and think he’s a nancy-boy with no gut for leadership, but this criticism dilutes real criticisms, of which there are many. You may not like the tactic, but as the writer says, it’s perfectly legitimate.

Colonel, USAFR


3 posted on 08/20/2008 6:59:41 AM PDT by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: reaganaut1
Democrats don't like it when you say that Barack Obama won his first election in 1996 by throwing all of his opponents off the ballot on technicalities.

Why? This is actually a brilliant strategy.

4 posted on 08/20/2008 7:00:45 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: kjo

It was obvious from the get go to anyone with a few neurons firing and any amount of common sense and paying attention that this guy is a schlub.

I said this MONTHS ago and I stick by it, Fauxbama will be insanely lucky if he gets 40% of the vote on election day, and frankly he may wind up making McGovern look good.


5 posted on 08/20/2008 7:02:38 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: reaganaut1

Has anyone read the Freddoso book?
I saw an interview with him and he seemed really sincere.
Stated the book wasnt meant to be political, he just wanted to know more about BHO. Sounds like the libs would have a much more difficult time smearing him or the book.


6 posted on 08/20/2008 7:06:40 AM PDT by mouse1 (I'VE BEEN CALLED A REDNECK BIGOT AND I'M PROUD OF IT!!)
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To: reaganaut1

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2064889/posts?page=1


7 posted on 08/20/2008 7:07:16 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Obama: vain, mercurial, inexperienced, aloof, condescending, doctrinaire, and Reverend Wright's son.)
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To: reaganaut1
So he won by throwing all his opponents off the ballot?

I guess that's what Hussein means when he says, "McCain doesn't know what he's up against"!!!

8 posted on 08/20/2008 7:07:24 AM PDT by stockstrader (CHANGE--a euphemism for further dividing our country along racial, social and economic lines)
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To: reaganaut1
Corruptocrats are masters of using taxpayer money to strengthen their personal power and fatten their own pockets and those of their family members and cronies. Pork barrel, self-interest “grants” funnel billions of taxpayer dollars to these crooks. Obama would move the Chicago Machine to Washington.
9 posted on 08/20/2008 7:08:58 AM PDT by CarryingOn (The Presidency of the United States is not an entry-level position.)
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To: reaganaut1

BTTT


10 posted on 08/20/2008 7:09:47 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (College kid: "Do you have a minute for Obama?" NVA: "Not now or ever.")
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To: HamiltonJay

I think what this article is telling us, however, is that it doesn’t matter what percentage of the vote Obama gets: he may lose the vote, but he’s ruthless politically and he’ll do whatever is necessary to “win” the election.

I hope McCain has a good team already trying to figure out what approach Obama is going to take when he realizes he’s losing the vote. Obama has no intention of not getting to the White House, whether he’s elected or not.


11 posted on 08/20/2008 7:09:56 AM PDT by livius
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To: reaganaut1
I guess this is Hussein's plan for counting the absentee ballots of our military men and women. (Geee,,,democrats would never do that, would they? /s)

Democrats are always 'for the troops'--right up until the time comes to count their ballots.

12 posted on 08/20/2008 7:10:04 AM PDT by stockstrader (CHANGE--a euphemism for further dividing our country along racial, social and economic lines)
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To: reaganaut1
Obama Played by Chicago Rules [Freddoso]

He still is playing by Chicago rules.

Wonder whose idea it was to dye his hair at the temples to make him appear older and wiser?

13 posted on 08/20/2008 7:12:37 AM PDT by Dustbunny (Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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To: kjo

While that is a potent word to throw around to mock another: “flake” — you should know it has a more potent backspin. I would not use it. It is similar to the old “latent” smear word.


14 posted on 08/20/2008 7:12:40 AM PDT by bvw
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To: CarryingOn
Obama would move the Chicago Machine to Washington.

Just like Bubba brought the Arkansas machine in.

15 posted on 08/20/2008 7:15:11 AM PDT by thulldud (All your rumor are mong to us.)
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To: livius

Fauxbama has ZERO chance at the white house... Chicago is chicago, the chicago machine handed him the Senate seat by driving out Ryan.. that won’t be happening at the national level.

The slug has left the cacoon of Chicago... and he didn’t emerge a butterfly as the MSM and his backers portrayed, turned out he was just another moth, fluttering around the bright light, but completely burned when he got close.


16 posted on 08/20/2008 7:15:20 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: reaganaut1
I'm sure people have renamed his book, The Audacity of Hype.

It reminds me of when the MANBEARPIG - Gore sent a cadre of lawyers into every county in FL to try and disqualify the votes from our military overseas - on a series of mundane technicalities.

To his deathbed this pompous ass will be remembered as the festering turd who was so desperate to be President he tried to disqualify the votes of men and women fighting for our freedom overseas on frivolous technicalities...

This fraud is just another ego maniac who will do anything to win, as his career in Chicago clearly illustrates.

17 posted on 08/20/2008 7:18:17 AM PDT by Beatthedrum
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To: reaganaut1

Obama is a product of the Daley machine. He has never really been opposed or tested. That is why he appears so thin-skinned and lost when McCain plays normal Presidential politics.


18 posted on 08/20/2008 7:19:37 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski (No good deed goes unpunished.)
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To: reaganaut1
Jim Malone, campaign consultant:

“You wanna get Obama? Here’s how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue! That’s the Chicago way! And that’s how you get Obama!”

19 posted on 08/20/2008 7:25:54 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: reaganaut1

See post

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2064903/posts


20 posted on 08/20/2008 7:31:35 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: reaganaut1

Nobama: What goes afound comes around...

If you got elected by getting others removed from the ballot on technicalities, hold onto your tidy whities.

There are many voters in the country who don’t believe you have a valid USA birth certificate. You might be a target for some technicalities yourself.


21 posted on 08/20/2008 7:51:23 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: RichInOC

As played by Sean Connery?


22 posted on 08/20/2008 8:02:22 AM PDT by ShasheMac
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To: ShasheMac

Of course.


23 posted on 08/20/2008 8:08:33 AM PDT by RichInOC ("...and the Oscar goes to...Catherine."--Sir Sean Connery)
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To: reaganaut1

This is a good book. I just finished it.


24 posted on 08/20/2008 8:24:54 AM PDT by Mamzelle (In the cool, dark quiet of my mailbox, John McCain asks me for money)
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To: reaganaut1

Insightful, thanks.


25 posted on 08/20/2008 8:30:00 AM PDT by Hoodat (Obama's only connection to the descendants of American Slaves is that his muslim ancestors sold them)
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To: mouse1
Has anyone read the Freddoso book?

Yes, it's well worth the price.

26 posted on 08/20/2008 8:43:51 AM PDT by freespirited (Honk if you miss Licorice.)
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To: reaganaut1

Illinois has one of the most corrupt political institutions in the union, and Obama was neck deep in it. The dirt and sleaze that eminates from Chicago area politics pollutes the entire state.

But no more politics as usual for you, right Obama?


27 posted on 08/20/2008 9:07:02 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic ("And how can this be? For I am the Kwisatz Haderach! " - Barack Obama)
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To: All

Dirty Barack Obama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Ned5TQoW4


28 posted on 08/20/2008 11:03:22 AM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: jagusafr

Check out the Obama thugs breaking all of the rules to capture the caucuses: http://wampum.wabanaki.net/archives/Incident%20Report%20Summary%20redacted.DOC


29 posted on 08/20/2008 5:17:43 PM PDT by darth
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