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

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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. I think its interesting how opponents feel the need to write out Obama's middle name as if its supposed to turn us off cause its such an "un-American" name.

    ...Well it makes me wanna vote for him more actually. So keep it at haters.

    Posted by: JP | May 17, 2012 3:15:12 PM


  2. I realize it's not the Cubs who are at fault, but who needs this Joe Ricketts? He deserves to lose all of his finances, so help me God. What's more, we've been through this Rev. Jeremiah Wright episode a long time ago and it was supposedly all cleared up. These Republicans really stoop low and are desperate and will stop at nothing. I'd sue them for libel. They're nothing but a bunch of sore losers. At least President Obama is trying to heal this country and if we got another Republican in office, it would be total disaster and we'd become a Third World Country to boot. There would be tons of homeless people, they would be starving, a high crime rate and you name it too.

    Posted by: Barb | May 17, 2012 3:16:35 PM


  3. You Americans are so confusing! First you say Obama's Muslim and now you're saying he's tied to a racist pastor. We Aussies are not sure what to think. Lol.

    Posted by: Stevo | May 17, 2012 7:08:52 PM


  4. Just a few minutes ago I was watching a clip from a recent Bill Maher's Real Time where the most beloved financial traitor to these United States of America, Grover Norquist, was one of the guests. Somewhere in the conversation came up the therein undisputed fact that Joe Ricketts, a multi-BILLIONAIRE, paid no federal income taxes in the last SEVEN years. Enough with this inter-racial argument amongst us while our mutually American feet are knee-deep in quicksand deepened by billions in right-wing dollars being spent to perpetuate the ugliness of this racial sideshow. Moneyed classes worldwide are in cahoots to disenfranchise the Free World's workers so that Chinese Labor Camp conditions can be the paradigm for what's left of the Middle Class. And, if you think you might be Middle Class even if you make $150,000 a year, the truly rich want to hire you for yet another disinformation ad paid for by one of their bought-off Supreme Court spawned Super-PACs with unlimited billions from the world's wealthiest people of a variety of nationalities. They want you to amuse them on your way to the soon to be resurrected mass debtors prisons. They're already back in operation in some parts of the USA. More Americans have gone to prison for refusal to pay debt than Wall Street Bankers for ruining millions and millions of people's lives worldwide.

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | May 17, 2012 9:35:57 PM


  5. Just to think the Ricketts are trying to improve conditions around Wrigley Field with support from the City Council and tax payers from the city of Chicago and the State of Illinois. I have been a lifelong fan of the Cubs but no longer. The city series between the Sox & Cubs begin this weekend and I will not be pulling for the Cubs as long as the Ricketts are the owners.

    Posted by: Cleve | May 17, 2012 10:56:31 PM


  6. I voted for Obama in 2008 and will vote for him again in 2012. But I would be lying if I said his past association with Jerimiah Wright didn't bother me. This post is from another Andrew.

    Posted by: andrew | May 18, 2012 4:08:17 AM


  7. If logic ruled in the political allegiances of American voters, the November 6th tally could already be taken that Willard Mitt (whatever-the-hell that means) Romney would walk away with 1% of the vote, never to be heard from again!

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | May 18, 2012 5:28:51 PM


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