And why the kidnapping attempt in the first place? The answer is two-fold. First, Obama gets to negotiate with the "terrorists" for the Ambassador's release, sucking up all of the news reporting in the months leading up to the election. And on the eve of the election, voila! He exchanges the Ambassador for some old, blind sheik who no one cares about anyway. He coasts to a 70-80% of the popular vote win, and the MB get the Blind Sheik back... You know, the one who masterminded many terrorist attacks on the United States? Yep, him! Everybody's happy!