Remember President Obama’s hate filled preacher Jeremiah Wright? The Republicans spent a majority of their time in the 2008 election cycle trying to attack Barack Obama over his association with the preacher but ultimately American voters didn’t care. Now a super PAC run by a high profile billionaire plans to use that same attack a second time around, claiming the GOP simply didn’t go far enough with their attacks the first time they pounced.
According to strategists they will launch the campaign just in time to upend the Democratic National Convention in September. As one strategist puts it the new campaign will “do exactly what John McCain would not let us do.”
The group is commissioned by Joe Ricketts, the founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade and in a proposal set forth the group says:
“The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way.”
The super PAC will spend a mind boggling $10 million just to defend itself against race-baiting claims that are sure to arise from its attack. The group says it will hire an “extremely literate conservative African-American” to argue that President Obama misled the nation by portraying himself as a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”
I’m not sure what is more insulting, the use of “extremely literate” as if to imply that most black Americans are not literate enough or the fact that the group used the term “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”
So what’s the plan called? “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good” and the super PAC is known as the Ending Spending Action Fund.
In the meantime the attack could have an unintended effect against Republicans. By spending millions of dollars to “end spending” Ricketts in turn showcases the influence the GOP’s “job creators” are attempting to hold over conservative politics. The Obama administration can easily turn around such an attack to point out that it is coming from yet another rich Republican who is helping out his equally rich buddy.
Mitt Romney’s team in the meantime has tried to distance themselves from personal attacks against President Obama after various polls have showed him to be a well liked personality among independent voters, even with many independents who don’t necessarily agree with all of his views.