Skip to comments.The “reckoning” arrives for Obama’s conservative political opponents
Posted on 02/22/2014 12:40:53 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Earlier today, John noted that everywhere we look, our friends on the right are under attack. In nearly all cases, the Obama administration is doing the attacking, be it through ridiculous criminal prosecution or harassment via the IRS, the FBI, the EPA, and even OSHA.
We shouldnt be surprised. Obama has been attacking his political opponents through trumped up charges of unlawful activity since he first ran for president.
Hillary Clintons backers were Obamas first victims. Again, this isnt surprising. Clinton was Obamas first important presidential opponent.
As Kim Strassel has pointed out, in the spring of 2008, the general counsel of Obamas campaign, Bob Bauer, filed a complaint with the FEC against the American Leadership Project, a group backing Clinton. Bauer announced:
"Theres going to be a reckoning here. Its going to be rough its going to be rough on the officers, its going to be rough on the employees, its going to be rough on the donors."
According to Strassel, the Obama campaign launched a similar attack on groups supporting its other Democratic rival, John Edwards.
The tactic worked. In August 2008, Politico reported that Bauers words had the effect of scaring [Clinton and Edwards] donors and consultants, even though they hadnt result[ed] in any prosecution.
Naturally, Obama engaged in similar attacks on groups supporting Republican presidential candidates. In 2008, after the conservative American Issues Project ran an ad highlighting ties between candidate Obama and Bill Ayers, Bauer demanded that the criminal division of the Justice Department investigate AIP, its officers and directors, and its anonymous donors. He followed up by calling for the prosecution of AIPs donor, who was not anonymous.
Fortunately, the Justice Department was not yet under Obamas control.
In 2012, President Obamas campaign used similar tactics against Romney supporters. According to Strassel, the Obama campaign, with Bauer still serving as its general counsel, targeted private citizens who had donated to Romney groups. Meanwhile, Democratic senators demanded that the IRS investigate these organizations.
Unfortunately, the IRS was now under Obamas control. Its targeting of Republican donors is the result.
Bauers words from 2008 resonate today: Theres going to be a reckoning. . .Its going to be rough. . .on the officers, its going to be rough on the employees, its going to be rough on the donors.
Its going to be rough on a public intellectual who made an anti-Obama film; its going to be rough on organizers of grass roots conservative political groups; its going to be rough on big Republican donors of our acquaintance.
President Nixon was vilified by the mainstream media and impeached by Congress in large part because his conduct arguably threatened (albeit lamely) the proper functioning of our two-party political process. But the Obama administration presents a greater threat to the political process than that posed by an amateurish break-in to the DNC headquarters (which there was no evidence Nixon signed off on), contemplated use of the IRS against political enemies (which gave rise to an article of impeachment), and assorted tricks.
Nixon would like to have seen a reckoning for his political opponents. Obama is carrying one out.
Sadly i don’t see the will to prosecute the blatant abuses regardless of who wins the next election. The Dems will simply pretend they never happened if not continue the same tactics while the pubbies in their never ending quest to be loved will say we need to move on.
Team KingHussein vs. SociopathofState sycophants. That was just an exhibition game for the U.S.A. - United Socialists of America. Win/win - everybody got a trophy. Witness the playas.
Time to draw a line in the sand and say this far and no farther backwards.
Form a line.....and stand tough
Heck, 0bunghole has been a slimy little skidmark since (before) he got Jack Ryan’s divorce records unsealed to steal the Illinois state senate race.
The author should get his facts straight. Nixon was not impeached by congress. Knowing that he faced impeachment proceedings he resigned his office.
Heck, 0bunghole has been a slimy little skidmark since (before) he got Jack Ryans divorce records unsealed to steal the Illinois state senate race.