Obama’s Treachery

Posted on June 12, 2010


Obama’s White  House stands accused of tampering with U.S. Senate primary elections involving Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania and Andrew Romanoff in Colorado. Both Democratic primary challengers apparently were urged to drop out of their races by White House operatives in exchange for a job. The details remain murky as storylines from White House officials, along with Sestak and Romanoff  themselves, are both evasive and implausible. But this much is clear: Election tampering by Obama treads upon the very foundation of American exceptionalism — free elections in a representative democracy. 


Cynics and apologists alike brush aside this scandal. It’s business as usual, both political parties do it, you have to be naïve to believe this kind of electioneering is rare. In fact, Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania, on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, had the gall to assert that this kind of election manipulation shows presidential leadership in getting things done.


By Geoffrey P. Hunt, American Thinker
Well, election tampering and transparent corruption are not business as usual unless you’re a Democrat. Whether it be suppression of the black vote in the south for a hundred years after the Civil War, Tammany Hall politics at the turn of the 20th century in New York, machine politics in Chicago, or bribes and payoffs for votes on health care and stimulus funding, the failure to prosecute polling place intimidation by the Black Panthers in Philadelphia or Acorn voter registration fraud, this is the Democratic Party Way, the Obama Way.
In a quote attributed to Robert Gibbs, Obama’s mouthpiece, “The White House has a legitimate interest in avoiding messy Democratic Party primaries. … Presidents, as leaders of their parties, have long had an interest in ensuring that supporters didn’t run against each other in contested elections.” Oh really? Should presidents bribe rivals to get them out of the way?
Indeed, free elections are messy. President Obama himself said so in his commencement address this year at the University of Michigan: “U.S. politics long has been noisy and messy, contentious, complicated” — a repeat of lines in his 2010 State of the Union, “Democracy in a nation of 300 million people can be noisy and messy and complicated. And when you try to do big things and make big changes, it stirs passions and controversy. That’s just how it is.” 
Apparently it’s too messy, excessively contentious, and inconveniently complicated for Obama and his operatives to honor the bedrock principle in American governance.