Another Right Wing Billionaire Plans Another Race-Baiting Smear Campaign
Booga boogaProving that right wing attack memes never die, they just get eternally recycled, another super-rich wingnut is funding a campaign to try to tie Barack Obama to Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
WASHINGTON — A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the “super PAC” era and attack President Obama in ways that Republicans have so far shied away from.
Timed to upend the Democratic National Convention in September, the plan would “do exactly what John McCain would not let us do,” the strategists wrote.
The plan, which is awaiting approval, calls for running commercials linking Mr. Obama to incendiary comments by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose race-related sermons made him a highly charged figure in the 2008 campaign.
“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,” says the proposal, which was overseen by Fred Davis and commissioned by Joe Ricketts, the founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade. Mr. Ricketts is increasingly putting his fortune to work in conservative politics.
“For the first time?” In which universe is that? The Rev. Wright issue has been hashed and rehashed so many times it’s become a complete joke.
Not to mention that President Obama thoroughly and unequivocally denounced Wright.
None of this matters in Wingnut World, of course. This billionaire obviously has money to burn, and he’s planning to burn $10 million of it on another round of Rev. Wright race-baiting.
The loons putting together this smear campaign are obviously aware that they’ll be charged with race-baiting (duh!) — so they’re planning to enlist an “extremely literate conservative African-American” as their token spokesman, to argue that Obama presented himself as a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”
You can’t make up stuff like this. It has to spring fully formed from the delusional, obsessive mind of a wingnut.
The $10 million plan, one of several being studied by Mr. Ricketts, includes preparations for how to respond to the charges of race-baiting it envisions if it highlights Mr. Obama’s former ties to Mr. Wright, who espouses what is known as “black liberation theology.”
The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an “extremely literate conservative African-American” who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”