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Chicago Cubs Owner Considers Using Jeremiah Wright Against 'Metrosexual' Obama: Report


A group of "high-profile" Republican insiders and donors are considering a number of plans to smear President Obama, including one that includes referencing his ties to the controversial Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the New York Times reports.

According to the paper, billionaire Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts and his family asked GOP strategist Fred Davis and a team of strategists to draw up a 54-page memo called "The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good" that offers tactics for taking down the Obama.

"The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way," the plan says.

In addition to reminding voters about Obama's ties to Wright, a reverend most famous for his "God damn America" remark, the Ricketts Plan floats the idea of hiring an "extremely literate conservative African-American" to go on television and say Obama presented himself as a "metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln."

Meant to run during the Democratic National Convention in September, the campaign would be a series a commercials, newspaper ads and even "aerial banners."

Ricketts, also the founder of TD Ameritrade, has not signed off on this $10 million strategy and is considering many other modes of attack, according to Ricketts' ally,Brian Baker, president of the Ending Spending Action Fund super PAC.

“Joe Ricketts is prepared to spend significant resources in the 2012 election in both the presidential race and Congressional races,” Mr. Baker said in an interview Wednesday. “He is very concerned about the future direction of the country and plans to take a stand.”

The document makes clear that the effort is only in the planning stages and awaiting full approval from Mr. Ricketts. People involved in the planning said the publicity now certain to surround it could send the strategists back to the drawing board.

Mitt Romney's campaign says they're against using Wright in a smear campaign, but also say it is in fact Team Obama that's playing dirty. "Unlike the Obama campaign, Gov. Romney is running a campaign based on jobs and the economy, and we encourage everyone else to do the same,” he said. "Just last week, David Axelrod referred to individuals opposing the president as ‘contract killers.’ It’s clear President Obama’s team is running a campaign of character assassination. We repudiate any efforts on our side to do so.”

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  1. How many tax breaks have the Chicago Cubs and TD Ameritrade received over the years? Perhaps the US would benefit from the revoking of tax breaks for corporations.

    Who is 'spending' and who is 'saving"?

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | May 17, 2012 10:48:18 AM

  2. It's not the entire family. Ricketts' daughter Laura, an out lesbian (and the first openly glbt co-owner of a major-league baseball team) is raising funds for Obama.

    Posted by: esque | May 17, 2012 10:49:39 AM

  3. oh lord more typical right-wing racist tactics. OOOHHH HIS MIDDLE NAME IS HUSSEIN!! OOOOOH!


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 17, 2012 10:52:41 AM

  4. bringing up religion is a slippery slope for Romney supporters..the general public isn't so in love with Mormons either...

    Posted by: dan | May 17, 2012 10:57:16 AM

  5. Let's be objective and honest for two seconds:

    If Mitt Romney had some ties to some wacko, anti-American, racist pastor (lets call him Jeremiah White), then the media would eat it up and would be ALL over it.

    I abhor low-brow tactics in politics, but it cuts both ways.

    Posted by: Andrew | May 17, 2012 11:05:29 AM

  6. Mister Ameritrade is concerned about his personal bank account and lobbying influence not about ".....the future direction of the country". As his mouth piece stated

    Posted by: stevenelliot | May 17, 2012 11:07:01 AM

  7. Agree with Dan. Bring it on- if they are going to bring religion into it, there is plenty to bring up about Mormonism.

    Posted by: mike | May 17, 2012 11:07:28 AM

  8. "I abhor low-brow tactics in politics, but it cuts both ways."

    Yes, it does. Bringing up the Mormon Church and its anti-Christian, racist, wacko cult status is off limits for Democrats...for now.

    "racist pastor"

    Are you confusing Reverend Wright with Reverend Farrakhan?

    Louis Farrakhan preachers the inferiority and evil of White people. Reverend Wright has no such ministry.

    Yes, it's going to be a very nasty election. I hope President Obama, the Democrats and the Democratic PACs are up to it. Fight back.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 17, 2012 11:12:25 AM

  9. Getting a major league baseball team involved in a political mud fight does not seem like a very smart thing to do.

    Posted by: txstevotxstevo | May 17, 2012 11:13:13 AM

  10. you mean the way lots of gay white republicans have "ties" to not only racists but anti-gay bigots, whom they keep silent around in order to maintain some perceived "tolerance", Andrew?

    keep digging, chump.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 17, 2012 11:13:27 AM

  11. It seems odd to me that Jeremiahs comment about America being damned gets so much press yet white evangelicals who use the same type of rhetoric are viewed as "culture warriors".

    I am sure that Mormon Bishop Romney wants to stay as far away as possible from having any conversation about religion because he knows that the voters he seeks are having a hard enough time dealing with his cult.

    Posted by: Mickey | May 17, 2012 11:19:58 AM

  12. Hey Derrick - here's one of many quotes from that loser Jermiah Wright:

    "White America, U.S. of KKKA."

    That's not racist? Of course it is, but not to you. Because black people can't be racist. Only white people can.

    Posted by: Andrew | May 17, 2012 11:26:14 AM

  13. Aren't the righties beating a dead horse here? They ran so many ads on Jeremiah Wright in 2008 and it resulted in a landslide defeat. The only people that would be swayed by ads like that are those who already have no intention of voting for Obama. You know there is nothing new when they have to resort to rehashing failed attack ads from 4 years ago.

    Besides, I'm personally looking forward to the ads on Mitt Romney's years as a high bishop in the Mormon church and their racist, bigot strategy of divide and conquer.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | May 17, 2012 11:26:44 AM

  14. Andrew, that comment is pretty darn accurate. This country is still plagued by the stains of its racist past and just because your white @ss doesn't see it, because you join your family in the We Hate Blacks sweepstakes, doesn't change any of it.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 17, 2012 11:33:57 AM

  15. so 2008 per repub s...Obama was a radical black power xtianist

    that didn't win the election for repubs so

    Obama became a muslim hell bent on destroying america but getting osama bL and descimating al queda doesn't allow that to stick

    so mittens pulled out Obama is a radical secularist atheist and that hasnt taken root


    back to obama is a radical black power xtianist

    Oi...repubs make up your damn minds

    each and every one of those is diametrically opposed to each other and by constantly flipping ...you are just inoculating the masses to your BS

    Posted by: say what | May 17, 2012 11:37:28 AM

  16. I love how they're pretending the whole Jeremiah Wright connection and scary "Hussein" name are fresh news. Do they have collective amnesia? It's the exact same fear-mongering tactics they used unsuccessfully 4 years ago, but somehow they believe trotting out the stale bag of tricks will keep the black man out of the White House, never mind that he's been there for 4 years. They are divorced from basic reality.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 17, 2012 11:43:59 AM

  17. Memo to Mittens: In order for your character to be assassinated, you must first be in posession of character.

    Posted by: Ethan | May 17, 2012 11:45:24 AM

  18. The problem with this idea is that after four years of a fairly normal presidency, there isn't much radicalism they can pin on Obama without looking a bit foolish. If they want to run against Obamacare they don't need to bring up JW either.

    I guess the flip side of the citizens united case is that the lack of any coordination with the major campaigns means that very ineffective campaign spending takes place, as the Romney camp is now discovering. Every nutjob with money is going to have their own brilliant campaign motif that backfires badly.

    Posted by: anon | May 17, 2012 11:51:39 AM

  19. I hope the Cubs lose for another hundred years.

    Posted by: Charley | May 17, 2012 11:54:09 AM

  20. Death to the Ricketts!

    Posted by: Steve | May 17, 2012 12:14:41 PM

  21. Republicans tried that tack in 2008 and it didn't work - it certainly won't work against the President who responsibly ended the Iraq war and issued the order to kill Osama bin Laden. That old dog won't hunt.

    Posted by: Hank | May 17, 2012 12:32:30 PM

  22. @LITTLEKIWI Andrew's point was that, that comment may be true, but it damn well lumps everyone into one group. You might want to look up the definition of racism sometime. Like it or not everyone can be racist. It doesn't matter if you are black, white, red, yellow, purple, or plaid.

    Posted by: SiliconAddict | May 17, 2012 1:00:54 PM

  23. man...Wrigley Field is sacred ground for me. I used to work there during college and it's a magical place that is now marred by this crap. Sad day.

    Posted by: IAN F | May 17, 2012 2:01:29 PM

  24. "You might want to look up the definition of racism sometime. Like it or not everyone can be racist. It doesn't matter if you are black, white, red, yellow, purple, or plaid"

    I've looked up the definition many times, SILICONADDICT.

    What I noticed is that the definition changed over the decades. When the term "racism" first came into use in the 1930s it was about racial superiority...you know, the Nazis' philosophy.

    Somehow in the 1970s it seemed to change. Now, it is if you don't like someone simply because of their race then that's racism. Well, yeah, anybody can be a racist under that definition.

    But what about the original definition having to do with feelings of superiority of your own race, and the inferiority of other races? That definition described what was the very damaging cultural norm in this country, and still is the belief today for many Americans.

    Changing definitions can be very convenient, can't it? Especially, if it's for a purpose. It gives many White folks great satisfaction to tell a Black person, "You're a racist!" They ought to add, "...even if you are still genetically inferior to me."

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 17, 2012 2:57:52 PM

  25. Having been a life-long Cubs fan, I hope this sob Ricketts lloses his shirt. If the fans were smart, they'd boycott this rotten, racist, sob.

    Thank you.

    Posted by: Barb | May 17, 2012 3:12:49 PM

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