In an unprecedented attack on two private citizens, the Barack Obama campaign has issued an email from Jim Messina, the campaign manager, specifically targeting the Koch brothers.
Here’s the text:
In just about 24 hours, Mitt Romney is headed to a hotel ballroom to give a speech sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a front group founded and funded by the Koch brothers.
Those are the same Koch brothers whose business model is to make millions by jacking up prices at the pump, and who have bankrolled Tea Party extremism and committed $200 million to try to destroy President Obama before Election Day.
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Here’s what Mitt Romney told his supporters just after his victory in the Florida GOP primary:
“We must not forget what this election is really about: defeating Barack Obama.”
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This is outrageous. Not only is the Obama campaign – yes, the re-election campaign of a sitting president – attacking the Koch brothers by name, the campaign is also accusing them of responsibility for high gas prices.
That’s scandalous. The Obama campaign is going for a two-fer: misdirecting on gas prices, and using radical left-wing conspiracy theories about the Koch brothers to fundraise for the guy who is actually responsible for the rise in gas prices.
It’s actually a three-fer. Obama wants revenge, since back in 2011, Americans for Prosperity held a series of rallies bashing Obama on gas prices. Maybe it’s even a four-fer, since the letter swipes at the Tea Party, which is misleadingly characterized as extreme. We’ve heard no such language from the White House or the Obama campaign with regard to Occupy Wall Street, which has been busily threatening to violently attack government sites–when it’s not too busy violating the law, attacking police officers, defecating in public, raping people, and causing millions in damage.
Again, this sort of rhetorical assault is unprecedented. President Bush never mentioned George Soros, even though Soros spent $27 million trying to defeat Bush in 2004, and was famous for manipulating global money markets. For Obama to level his guns at the Koch brothers is a declaration of war not just on private industry but on private citizens engaging in politics as a whole.
This is insanely cynical politics, demonstrating in full color just why Barack Obama does not deserve a second term. His job is to govern, not to target private citizens for engaging in legal business activity, or First Amendment-protected political behavior.
But Obama thinks his job is to fundraise, no matter whom he has to destroy in order to do it. I hope the two bucks are worth it.