It’s looking more and more like the Obama camp is under siege. It seems that every day the administration trots out some mystifying argument against the opposition. Or yet another erstwhile sympathetic pundit writes a column comparing the president to everybody’s favorite whipping boy, Jimmy Carter. Or Obama’s handlers revive the terrifying specter of George W. Bush.
There is an old saying in politics that if you don’t have the facts on your side, then find a wedge issue. That’s what the Republicans did most recently in 2008. After all, why talk about Iraq and the economy when you can rail against ACORN or gay marriage?
Now Obama is doing much the same thing. His villain du jour? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which Obama and VP Biden insist is using foreign funds to influence the midterm elections. As the Columbia Journalism Review has pointed out, this is pretty much a non-scandal lacking any substantive evidence.
There was a very telling moment (see video above) on Face The Nation on Sunday when host Bob Schieffer asked Obama advisor David Axelrod, “Is this the best you can do?” The host then further asked, “Mr. Axelrod, do you have any evidence that it’s anything other than peanuts?” To which Axelrod responded:
Well, do you have any evidence that it’s not, Bob? The fact is that the Chamber has asserted that, but they won’t release any information about where their campaign money is coming from.