Friday, October 15, 2010
Rove Dismantles Obama
He first responded to President Jackass as described at Hot Air. Now he tees up from the almost-as-important Wall Street Journal:
While most Americans are concerned about jobs, Mr. Obama and congressional Democrats look like their only concern is keeping their own. When they hear the words "Chamber of Commerce," most Americans don't see a big white building on H Street in Washington, D.C., but a storefront on Main Street in their hometown. The White House attacks reinforce a perception that Mr. Obama is antibusiness at a time when job creation is the issue that will decide this election.
The smears about campaign money also open the president to charges of hypocrisy. Mr. Obama had no problems with liberal nonprofits keeping donor lists private as allowed by law (including when they run campaign ads). He never insisted that the unions that spent $450 million to elect him in 2008 disclose their donors—who may include other unions or even private individuals. Mr. Obama's own campaign refused to make public the names of more than 10% of its donors.
His press secretary, Robert Gibbs, worked in 2004 for a group that ran ads and didn't disclose its donors until after the primaries. His White House political director, Patrick Gaspard, came from the Service Employees International Union, which doesn't disclose its campaign contributors and admitted earlier this week that it might be spending money from foreign nationals on this year's elections. Are these two also a "threat to our democracy," to use the president's words from last Thursday's speech?