A major part of the Barack Obama narrative when he ran for president was his international roots, the global sweep of his life and how much more cosmopolitan he would be as president than the pedestrian George W. Bush. So it's a little weird to watch Obama yelling from the campaign podium that foreigners are funding political commercials and stealing our elections.
Obama's now stooped to accusing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of being a tool of foreign operatives. He doesn't produce any evidence to make the charge; but since when has this stopped him? Obama's Organizing for America clones are promoting this quote of his: "This is a threat to our democracy. ... And if we just stand by and let the special interests to silence anybody who's got the guts to stand up to them, our country's going to be a very different place."
So Obama's critics are now "threats to our democracy." That, folks, is desperation. Obama clearly doesn't have the guts to stick to the global-village narrative his liberal base in the media and elsewhere adore. The Washington Post now laments that his critique smacks of xenophobia.
Liberal reporters who still care about evidence in campaign charges asked Team Obama for the evidence. On CBS's "Face the Nation," Bob Schieffer suggested to Obama adviser David Axelrod that the foreign dues for the Chamber of Commerce were "peanuts," and challenged him to produce "anything other than peanuts." Axelrod snapped back: "Well, do you have any evidence that it's not, Bob?"
Obama & Co. don't care about how hypocritical they look. The blog trashing the chamber, "Think Progress," is a project of the Center for American Progress. The center doesn't disclose its donors. Moreover, they've obviously forgotten the controversy in 2008 when thousands of dollars were pouring into Obama's Internet coffers from an address in "GA." The Obama folks said they thought that was "Georgia," but it was Palestinian money coming from the Gaza Authority.
Still, the network reporters tripped over themselves last week to sell the Obama storyline that Democrats were being swamped by ads from "special interests" that didn't disclose their donors. Team Obama blames this scenario on the evil Supreme Court, and their ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission. CBS morning anchor Harry Smith said, "Thanks to recent Supreme Court decisions," a lot of money is pouring in, "especially on the Republicans side. Some people suggest that this decision has allowed all this money to come in and literally takes these elections out of the hands of the voters."