Trunkline 2012: Today’s News from the Campaign Trail

Bookmark and Share   Monday’s election news wrap-up provides readers with a look at; what the candidates need to do in tonight’s debate, the importance of Wisconsin and New Hampshire to a Romney victory, CBS declaring a winner in the election, Republicans doing well in early voting, Romney racking endorsements from paper that once endorsed Obama, Obama’s ever changing story on Libya, a look at Chris Christie ripping the President apart, and much more:


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October Surprise? Obama Camp Trying to Coverup a Major Campaign Donor Scandal

  Bookmark and Share   According to sources at the Washington Examiner, President Obama’s reelection campaign has been trying to block reports that a national magazine and a national web site are preparing to release a story regarding what the Examiner describes as a “blockbuster donor scandal story.”

The Examiner’s sources claim that after a nine-month long investigation into presidential and congressional fundraising, an unnamed taxpayer watchdog group has discovered thousands of violation of federal election laws that were broken by the campaign’s solicitations of and acceptance of donations from unsecure, overseas accounts.

The pending story comes on the heels of the Obama camps recent announcement of a near record breaking collection of  $150 million in donations just for the month of September.  If the still developing story behind the potential allegations are true, this record haul of donations could be in large part due to the Obama campaign’s illegal participation in collecting donations via untraceable prepaid credit cards that would allow the campaign to hide the identity of donors and evade limits on how much those unidentified individual donors are legally allowed to give to the campaign.

In 2008, after then Senator Obama raised a similar amount of money also in the month of September, The Washington Post reported a story entitled “Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations”.  In it they described an online donation process that was nearly impossible to make foolproof.  In 2012 the donation collection process for Obama as well as Romney is still not foolproof and as in 2008 both campaigns conducted a comprehensive analysis of online contributions on the back end of the transaction to determine whether a contribution is legitimate or not.  When and if a contribution is found to be in some way improper or in excess of the allowable FEC donation limits, each campaign refunds the money.  But the real problem is the Obama campaign’s willingness to accept online donations through prepaid cards, something the Romney campaign does not do.  Payments through such prepaid credit cards makes it impossible to trace exactly where and who the donations are coming from.

The problem here is that unless the players behind this story can confirm that the Obama campaign or individuals in the campaigns were involved in a conspiracy to coordinate payments via prepaid credit cards, this story could wind up being more a story about the problems with the campaign finance process than a story about some Obama related scandal.  Until the two publications and the taxpayer watchdog group that the Washington Examiner credits with this story come forward, no one can tell with certainty if it is truly a scandal or not.  But the Washington Examiner seems eager to point out that when the full story goes public on Sunday or Monday, the Obama camp will be forced to confront an embarrassing and potentially damaging ethics and financial scandal.  And in typical fashion, to make matters worse, Team Obama is trying to cover it up.

If true, Bob Woodward may prove to be the most insightful political talking around.  On Thursday, Woodward stated that he believes the emergence of some sort of major political or personal event involving Obama may have been the reason for Obama’s disaterous debate performance on Wednesday night.

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Trunkline 2012: Wednesday’s Wit and Words from the Campaign Trail

  • Mick 2012; The Republican candidate the G.O.P. is waiting for?
  • Chris Christie’s path to the presidency. ” Hard, but hardly impossible”
  • Rick Perry releases the names of 27 New Hampshire legislators who have endorsed his presidential candidacy.
  • Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman endorses Mitt Romney
  • Is Newt really campaigning? His team says he’s gearing up
  • Herman Cain wows voters in Florida
  • Barack Obama’s Fascist Economy
  • How the G.O.P. will nominate their candidate
  • Five presidential campaigns sign on to new advertising platform
  • What President Obama really said in his speech to a joint session of Congress proposing a jobs bill
  • While the media is only just covering the mischevious online linkage between Rick Santorum’s name and sexually explicit images and language when his name is googled, White House 2012 covered it  the story last year.  Come on MSM.  Get with the program!

Will 2012 Ruin 2016?

In 1996, after Democrat President Bill Clinton had embarked on a regime so liberal that he swept Newt Gingrich and Republicans into power in 1994, it seemed for Republicans that it was Bob Dole’s time. However, with Republicans being frowned upon for shutting down the government and Clinton getting credit for reigning in spending, Bob Dole’s clear path became more and more difficult. It didn’t help that a third party candidate was stealing GOP votes or that Dole showed the charisma and enthusiasm of Fred Thompson at 3 in the afternoon.

In 2012 things may not be so different.

Noemie Emery writes in the Washington Examiner that the class of 2012 for Republican candidates may be the weak link in the GOP ascendancy. CPAC showed just how deep a divide exists between the different brands of Republicanism. None of the current field is an across the board favorite, and as I mentioned last week even Mitt Romney scares some conservatives.

Contrasted with the candidates who could be prominent in 2016, the 2012 class seems dull and divisive. As Emery points out, 2016 could see figures who have emerged as highly popular among conservatives and have already proven themselves as leaders. She mentions Marco Rubio. I would add Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Rick Scott, Chris Christie, Allen West, Mike Pence, Jim DeMint, and Paul Ryan to that list.

Each of these politicians have become rock stars among the conservatives in their constituency and are starting to build national respect.

As wide as the 2012 field appears right now, it may end up being the year of lost potential. Many candidates who could have injected the young vibrancy of the conservative resurgence into 2012 have made other commitments. Mike Pence will likely run for governor of Indiana. Chris Christie is staying put in New Jersey. The candidate who best embodies the conservative values that swept into Congress in 2010 also happens to be one of the most divisive among conservatives in Sarah Palin.

So what about Emery’s suggestion that Republicans would be better off losing in 2012? Honestly I don’t think we can afford to lose in 2012. And when I say we can’t afford it, I don’t just mean the Republican party.

 

Thanks to a friend who posted the Emery article at u4prez.com

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