And Romney is supposed to be the “bully”?

According to Kimberly Strassel of The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago School — of Democratic Party politics, that is — is thriving in the Obama White House:

Here’s what happens when the president of the United States publicly targets a private citizen for the crime of supporting his opponent.

Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney.

Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, “Keeping GOP Honest,” took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” the post accused the eight of being “wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records.” Mr. VanderSloot was one of the eight, smeared particularly as being “litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

About a week after that post, a man named Michael Wolf contacted the Bonneville County Courthouse in Idaho Falls in search of court records regarding Mr. VanderSloot. Specifically, Mr. Wolf wanted all the documents dealing with Mr. VanderSloot’s divorces, as well as a case involving a dispute with a former Melaleuca employee.

Neil Cavuto of Fox News interviewed Mr. VanderSloot yesterday.  According to VanderSloot, the attacks by the Obama campaign are working:

“Those people that I know well weren’t affected by this [attack],” said Vandersloot. “But for people who didn’t know me, who are members of our business or customers, and they were reading this, then we got a barrage of phone calls of people cancelling their customer memberships with us.”

“Really?,” the Fox News host asked. “How many did that?”

“A couple hundred that we can track,” Vandersloot replied.

Again, the host asked, “Really? Do you have any grounds to sue?”

“I suppose we do,” Vandersloot said.

A couple of months ago, the Obama Campaign tried a similar tactic with the Koch brothers, sending out a fund raising email characterizing the Koch brothers as masterminds behind an evil organization “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…”

Is this any different than having political operatives persuade county officials to unseal divorce records involving a political opponent?  Or taking an opponent to court to challenge the veracity of all the signatures on her ballot nomination petitions?

Obama has mastered the art of Chicago-style politics, hiring front groups who then hire independent operatives to do their dirty work.  They’ve “evolved” beyond physical tampering and black bag jobs, but their intent and techniques are absolutely Nixonian.

Koch Industries responded to Obama’s attack with a tersely worded letter:

The implication in that sort of attack is obvious: dare to criticize the President’s policies and you will be singled out and personally maligned by the President and his campaign in an effort to chill free speech and squelch dissent.
It is understandable that the President and his campaign may be ‘tired of hearing’ that many Americans would rather not see the president re-elected. However, the inference is that you would prefer that citizens who disagree with the President and his policies refrain from voicing their own viewpoint. Clearly, that’s not the way a free society should operate.

Thankfully, VanderSloot also remains undeterred:

“I’m going to support [Romney] more than I was originally,” said Vandersloot. “We thought that we were done with our donations,” but he indicated he’s likely to give more money in the future after being attacked by the president’s campaign.

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  • Stan Brewer

    Not one of the DemocRAT operatives will ever see the inside of a jail cell for this highly illegal action. You can be damned sure that the state controlled media will never report any of this truthfully. Obama makes Richard Nixon look like a piker.

    • jim_m

       Now imagine what it will be like if he is reelected and there are no restrictions on his behavior.

    • S H

       The media issue will be resolved in 2013.

      They are hanging by a thread because of their support of Obama.

      Down the financial drain in 2013.

      New media will not give any of them a paying home base.

  • Guest

    Oh, poor Koch brothers. They are so abused. All they want to do is buy the office of the President of the United States, where’s the harm in that?

    And I’m sure it was a journalist researching VanderSloot’s public records.

    For shame.

    And the tin-fpoil hatted brigade of pj-wearing blogologists tell the rubes it’s Barack HUSSEIN Obama coming after them… and only the rubes will fall for that.

    • jim_m

       Your headline is Bullshit. I did not say that!

    • jim_m

       Headlines are broadcast everywhere you post on Discus.  I would suggest that a direct and dishonest attack on another poster in that manner is reason to ban this asshole.

      • Sky__Captain

         With this latest act, I’m pretty sure that if someone slapped the stupid out of Grumpy, there would be nothing left…

    • GarandFan

       But Soros’ attempt a couple years ago is okay with Grump.

    • iwogisdead

      You miss the whole point about VanderSloot, and you do so because you are stupid. The whole point is that the Obumble campaign wanted to hurt VanderSloot because VanderSloot has the audacity to disagree with Obumble. So, the Obumbles used a tiny fraction of their massive campaign account to libel VanderSloot, in the hope that it would lead to customers terminating their contracts with VanderSloot.

      And, it worked. I can see why you are proud of your master. But, it’s a classic interference with business relationships situation, and I hope VanderSloot sues Obumble. Obumble will have difficulty understanding the summons and complaint, of course.

      BTW, it also seems you are a liar as well. Go away.

      • jim_m

        He won’t be able to do anything while obama is in office.  obama can hide behind the office of the President to avoid any prosecution.  However, once he is out of office he is answerable to any actions his campaign instigated.

        This is all of the same piece as the Gibson Guitar episode.  Stand for anything other than obama and be prepared for the full weight of the federal government to come down on you.

    • Meiji_man

      How much do you get paid to do this? 

      • S H

         They pay  $11 to $15 an hour, but I’m sure they stop paying after a few months once the dudes in the basement are hooked in and will post whether they are paid or not.

        How many jobs can you get that guarantee work space in Mom’s basement?

        They can always hope they will still get some change and govt benefits.

    • GarandFan

       “And I’m sure it was a journalist researching VanderSloot’s public records.”

      The “journalist” is actually one Michael Wolf, former US DEMOCRATIC SENATE AIDE, and now employed by an outfit called Fusion GPS that says it is “a commercial research firm.”

      Fusion GPS is run by a former Wall Street Journal reporter, Glenn
      Simpson, who wouldn’t say who is paying him for this high-minded
      slumming and dirt-digging, but said in an email that Mr. VanderSloot was a “legitimate”
      target because of “his record on gay issues.”

      So if you think this is legitimate activity Grump, please post your full name, home address, email address and phone number.

    • LiberalNightmare

       Of course Obama, who has held more fundraisers than any other president in history, will be spending all that money on purina unicorn chow, not something dastardly like buying an election.

    • Olaf! Calling Olaf!

    • S H

       Useful idiot.

      No wonder you are grumpy.

  • LiberalNightmare

    This is the election campaign that all liberals have wanted to run forever.

    No more telling people what your positions you hold on policy matters, no more clean comparisons between policy decisions and results. That style of campaigning is so ‘Reagen-esque’. How can a democrat hope to win if he has to be held accountable?

    Nope from now on its chicago style, slimeball politics.

  • herddog505

    What else should we expect from democrats?

    • S H

       Useful idiots.

  • This isn’t the first time the Obama machine has gone after Republican donors. The Obama DOJ came into Gibson Guitars and seized its materials months ago but still no charges have been filed. Gibson is owned by a Republican donor. 

  • ackwired

    That “smear” seems pretty mild compared to what I see written on this blog about the “lefties”.

    • It’s not a smear if it’s true.

    • herddog505

      Let us know when somebody at Wizbang tries to ruin the professional reputation and livelihood of some “lefty”, will you?  Or when Wizbangers hire some “investigators” to go look up the personal information about some “lefty” with an eye to digging up dirt on his past.  Or when Wizbangers put up a website with the real names and professions of lefties with (shall we say?) uncomplimentary summaries of their careers and activities.

      • ackwired

        Here is a sample calling Obama the ideological son of a nazi:

        Once again we see a president that makes outright false claims over and over again imagining that if he just says the lies enough people won’t notice that he’s lying any more. Still, Obama does know one thing. He knows that most news outlets will uncritically report his words as “news” without noting where he is lying and voters will hear his fantasy “facts” and imagine that he is telling them the truth.
        In that case, he’s right. All he has to do is tell any lie he wants and most of the time his words will be taken as fact whether they are or not. Bloomberg, for one, never noted that Obama lied in its report. Neither did ABC News. And neither did the National Journal which happily noted Obama’s attacks on Republicans but didn’t note his lies. In fact, only the WaPo Fact-Checker noted his outright lies at the union event. Many other followed suit reporting Obama’s words as if his claims were legitimate political points.
        As Obama’s preceding ideological father once said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

        • herddog505

          Again, let us know when a Wizbanger tries to ruin the professional reputation of a lefty (and I should be explicit: a lefty who’s NOT a politician or other, similar public figure), or when a Wizbanger sets a PI on a lefty in an attempt to dig up dirt on him.

          As for Wizbangers saying (ahem) uncomplimentary things about Barry, I personally am guilty as charged, and happily so.

          • ackwired

            We are in agreement, then.

        • Actually, Warner Todd Huston accurately describes the behavior and leaves it to his readers to recognize the author of the “big lie” school of propaganda which the behavior mimics.

          • ackwired

            I would never say that he is not clever.

    • Jwb10001

      You’ll also note that no one posting on this blog is currently president of the US. Small but significant difference don’t you think?

      • ackwired

        Point taken.  A partisan blog would be expected to be more viscious than the official campaign.

  • It is an outrage when an honest, caring, giving person gets investigated and slaughtered because he is supporting something that he believes in. It is unconstitutional and immoral. What is happening to the American rights? I never was much into politics, and always supported authoritative figures but this is not fair. I give Frank support for standing up for what he believes in and pray that only good can come out of this outrageous situation.