Romney, The GOP SuperPacs, Joe Ricketts & The Rehashing of Rev Wright | MAJOR FAIL!

From the NYT:
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.



WHO  IS FRED DAVIS?   Think Progress has a great piece onthe man behind the attack ads, and his history of race-baiting  here.   


For Immediate Release:  Thursday, May 17, 2012

Statement: Governor Romney Has Reacted Tepidly In a Moment That Required Moral Leadership

CHICAGO, IL –Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina released the following statement on today’s report inThe New York Times:

“This morning’s story revealed the appalling lengths to which Republican operatives and SuperPacs apparently are willing to go to tear down the President and elect Mitt Romney. The blueprint for a hate-filled, divisive campaign of character assassination speaks for itself. It also reflects how far the party has drifted in four short years since John McCain rejected these very tactics. Once again, Governor Romney has fallen short of the standard that John McCain set, reacting tepidly in a moment that required moral leadership in standing up to the very extreme wing of his own party.”

Mitt Romney continues to show his ass, and if he shows you his ass, believe him.


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29 Responses to Romney, The GOP SuperPacs, Joe Ricketts & The Rehashing of Rev Wright | MAJOR FAIL!

  1. Ametia says:

    Let’s talk about BAIN, BABY!

  2. Ametia says:

    Joe Ricketts’s Retreat From Obama Attack Campaign: Are the Chicago Cubs to Blame?
    by Jim Warren May 18, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

    Joe Ricketts has had quite a day. Thursday morning’s New York Times identified the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade as bankroller of a $10 million super PAC campaign to attack President Obama over his past ties to his old pastor, the hyperbolic Rev. Jeremiah Wright—a favorite villain of the right wing during the 2008 campaign.But by early afternoon, a Ricketts aide was disavowing the Jeremiah Wright plan, proclaiming that it went too far. He said that the anti-Obama proposal was neither authored nor funded by Ricketts, though the newspaper was careful to say it was one of several being “studied” by Ricketts.

    As the Mitt Romney campaign itself voiced mild disapproval, the aide blamed the confusion on Ricketts’s consultants, some of whom worked on John McCain’s failed campaign against Obama.The roller coaster ride left political reporters scratching their heads. But the reason for Ricketts’s seeming about-face may prove the adage that all politics is local. And it just might have a lot to do with the Chicago Cubs.Ricketts is the patriarch of a conservative clan with strong ties to Chicago; one of his sons, Tom, is chairman of baseball’s beloved, if wins-challenged, franchise. As it happens, the Cubs’ legendary stadium, Wrigley Field, is both an economically vital tourist mecca and a 98-year-old dump in need of millions of dollars of patchwork each winter.

    Tom Ricketts has spent much of the last two years lobbying for city, county, and state help on a planned $300 million renovation, with construction to commence as early as October.A sudden fatherly assault on Obama could hardly be helpful to the cause—especially when you consider that Chicago’s mayor is Rahm Emanuel, formerly Obama’s White House chief of staff, and current co-chairman of the president’s reelection campaign.“The mayor is pissed. Very pissed. Very, very pissed,” an aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s hyperkinetic former chief of staff told me upon reading the news of Ricketts Senior’s planned anti-Obama assault. Hours later Emanuel said brusquely, “It’s insulting to the president. It’s insulting to the country.”Also upset: Tom Ricketts, who said: “As chairman of the Chicago Cubs, I repudiate any return to racially divisive issues in this year’s presidential campaign or in any setting—like my father has.”But the damage may have already been done. The word that Joe Ricketts was gunning for Obama could well cost his son the support not only of Emanuel, but of many black aldermen, whose interest in aiding the Cubs arguably dropped through the floorboards

    Thursday……………………The Cubs play in a largely white, gentrified North Side neighborhood about a mile from the home of Emanuel, who has been more amenable to some deal. But Emanuel, ever a pragmatist in an era of declining city revenue, has quietly discussed only a deal where the city gets the maximum benefit with the least possible expenditure.At the heart of it all is freezing some portion of amusement taxes paid by the Cubs and to borrow against that revenue stream. Whatever the final details, any plan would have to be approved by three government bodies, the Chicago City Council, the Cook County Board, and the Illinois General Assembly. That helps explain why the Joe Ricketts revelation can serve as a Harvard Business School case study in excruciatingly poor timing.

  3. Ametia says:

    Character assasination or TRUTH?

  4. Ametia says:

    Tee hee, hee! Rahm and the Chi-town Dems are calling the shots for Wrigleys Field.


    • Ametia says:

      A Rickett-y ride into Super PAC world
      May 17, 2012
      By Bill Liesse

      According to Thursday’s Times story, the 53-page document “lament(s) that voters ‘still aren’t ready to hate this president,’ ” and Mr. Ricketts is upset with Mr. McCain for nixing an inflammatory Wright ad in 2008. “If the nation had seen that ad,” the Times quotes Mr. Ricketts as saying in the proposal, “they’d never have elected Barack Obama.”

      Lest we conclude that Mr. Ricketts is this wantonly tone-deaf or arrogant, he did react quickly Thursday to the massive strategic blunder that is this document’s leak. Mr. Ricketts retreated via a statement from his camp that said, in part, “(this proposal) reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects.”

      According to CNN, the statement concluded that the idea to run the Rev. Wright ads has been rejected.

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  5. rikyrah says:

    they’re trying to walk it back..

    you had at least a 45 page plan, folks.

    can’t walk that shyt back

    • Ametia says:

      Rahm ain’t trying to hear that BS. Of course when Rickett and nem $EE their wallets deflating from those EMPTY SHABBY, RUNDOWN WRIGLEY FIELD SEATS, that he was hoping Mayor Rahm and the tax payers would help fund……

    • johnnie stallings says:

      I love this site. No weapon will prosper and every tongue lift up in judgement will be condemned and everything they say will back fire. Today they called our prez a metrosexual black abe Lincoln. I talked with some of my friends they were not ware that “:metrosexual” mean a heterosexual urban male who pays much attention to his personal appearance . A man with taste, style, fashion, art and is cool calm and swaggeriffic. Is this our President? and he is not offended by being black. Lincoln brought about change. If they are thinking about assasination prez will drone their ##@&. you know I am just a little old lady trying to make it ..we call their assignment deaf, dumb, blind and annihilated and sent back to the pits of hell from which it comes. Goodnight my daughters

  6. Ametia says:


  7. Ametia says:

    Remember this DEBACLE? Romney

    I’ll try to find ya some and I’ll bring ’em to ya

    • Ametia says:

      ROMNEY: “”I’m actually — I’m not familiar with precisely, exactly what I said. But I stand by what I said, whatever it was. And with regards to — I’ll go back and take a look at what was said there,” he saId.


  8. Ametia says:

    From Mitt Romney’s avail today:

    QUESTION: “When you did an interview with Sean Hannity in February, you said that you believed that Obama is trying to make America a less Christian nation. It was responding to quote that he had just played for you on the radio. Do you stand by that? And do you believe that President Obama’s world view was shaped by Reverend Wright and do you see evidence of that in his policies?”

    ROMNEY: “I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said whatever it was.”


    Appearing On Sean Hannity’s Radio Show, Romney Said He Wasn’t Sure Which Was Worse, Obama “Listening To Reverend Wright” Or “Saying That We Must Be A Less Christian Nation.” “I think again that the president takes his philosophical leanings in this regard, not from those who are ardent believers in various faiths but instead from those who would like America to be more secular. And I’m not sure which is worse, him listening to Reverend Wright or him saying that we must be a less Christian nation.” [Hannity Radio, 2/7/12]

    Audio from the interview here:

  9. Ametia says:


  10. johnnie stallings says:

    hi sistahs, did you see larry elder as one of coons to attack PBO. I think I talked him up Tamarra on msnbc had armstrong williams on her show,he said the coons didn’t call him. oh yea!. Oh Lord I want you to help me. While I ‘m on my journey… while I on my way I need you to help.

  11. dannie22 says:

    These people are just nuts.

  12. Ametia says:

    Hat tip DU. THANKS! :-0

  13. Ametia says:

    McCain Reacted:

    Jeff Zeleny ‏@jeffzeleny Would McCain run Wright ads if he could do over? No.“He stands by decisions he made during that race and would make them again,” spox says

  14. Ametia says:

    Slaughter Mittens and CO. WITH TRUTH!

    Greg Sargent points out, Romney himself tried to attack the President around Jeremiah Write on Feb 7 of this year:

    …And that’s good. The problem, though, is that it turns out that Romney himself attacked Obama over Wright on Sean Hannity’s show on February 7th of this year, during the GOP primary. A Democrat sends over audio, which is at the end of the post.

  15. Ametia says:

    The Plan to Defeat Barack Hussein Obama:

  16. Ametia says:

    RT @MaeveReston: When asked whether Rev. Wright is off limits in 2012 campaign, Romney says he hasn’t “read the papers yet”

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