When You’ve Got Nothing Else


The plot thickens:

Joe Ricketts’s children, which include Obama bundler Laura Ricketts, bought the Chicago Cubs in 2009 and have been in talks with the city about renovating the team’s 98-year-old stadium, Wrigley Field.

That appears to be on hold now.

“The Mayor was livid when he read that the Ricketts were going to launch a $10 million campaign against President Obama – with the type of racially motivated ads that are insulting to the president and the presidential campaign,” said the aide, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly about the situation. “He is also livid with their blatant hypocrisy.”


The Ricketts family is seeking taxpayer funding for the renovations. Emanuel has reportedly sought to put $100 million in tax incentives into the deal.

Would love to be a fly on the wall at the next Ricketts family gathering.



Ricketts’ Super-PAC has rejected the Jeremiah Wright smear proposal. So, no go.

This whole thing is bizarre. I wonder if they put it “out there” so it could percolate beneath the radar of the “decent” discourse, instead to marinate in the sewer of right wing blogs and media outlets a la WingNut Daily. That way Mittens can pretend to stay above the fray.

God, who knows. This campaign is already giving me a headache.


Republican Moneybags Joe Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs founder of TD Ameritrade whose children own the Chicago Cubs, has pledged $10 million on a smear campaign against President Obama using the old Rev. Jeremiah Wright stuff that didn’t work last time. The storyboard for the video was leaked to the New York Times and as you can see, it’s a pretty nasty piece of work.

Whenever I see stuff like this it helps to remember that negative campaigns are an attempt to compensate for a campaign’s inherent weakness through deception and distraction. Here they are trying to compensate for the fact that their candidate sucks and they have no ideas save the failed ones that everyone remembers all too well from the Bush years (deregulate, cut taxes, * poof * magic happens). We’re still seeing signs of that fallacy crashing down around everyone’s ears, such as JP Morgan’s now-$3 billion gambling loss which recently surfaced.

I don’t really see how this is supposed to work but there you have it. Distraction, it’s how we do stuff these days.

Republicans are trying to tell us that the President’s endorsement of marriage equality will undercut his support among more culturally-conservative religious African-Americans. I don’t know if that is true, but it doesn’t seem like attacking the black church is a good way to help that along if such a rift indeed exists.


Filed under 2012 presidential election, Rev. Jeremiah Wright

10 responses to “When You’ve Got Nothing Else

  1. This has nothing to do with attacking a black church. It has to do with a racist multi-billionaire and a former pastor of President Obama, now so jealous and resentful of the President’s success that he has joined the ‘dark side’ to try and smear his name…in the name of ‘religion’. Wright has caved to the hate filled corporate world and why? Because Barack Obama did not jump out and defend the pastor’s extreme preaching style during the 2008 campaign…EVEN THOUGH the President and his family continued to attend Wright’s church…until Barack and Michelle found that the over-attention to the issue was causing problems for their friends and fellow worshipers. Yet, the Obamas continued to say that they cared very much for their Pastor who had married them and baptized both their daughters. NO, this $10 million will be totally wasted…Ricketts should donate all that money to either paying his taxes or feeding the poor in Chicago!

    • Oh I know it’s about attacking Obama not the black churches, I was in a hurry when I threw this post up. What I meant was, race-baiting seems to be a good way to unify Obama’s support, not undercut it. I just don’t see how this campaign is supposed to be effective, save to poison the discourse. And maybe that’s their intent, for all I know.

      • That’s it, SB…They HAVE NOTHING ELSE…but mark my word, these goons have just started…Like the 100 traitors, at their ‘we will destroy Obama meeting’ the night of his Inaugaration, this is their last, costly gasp. But it didn’t work before; it is re-hashing old garbage, plus the new betrayal of the President by some black public figures who are now so resentful, so jealous, so hate-filled, they are leaping on to the HATE bus.

      • Yup. And you know, the hate really turns people off and I have to think that’s the point of the deluge of negative advertising: to just basically make the bulk of the voting public throw up their hands and say, “this is disgusting.” While the tiny % for whom this hate resonates is galvanized. See, that’s the way it works. Hatemongering in campaign advertising is just another form of voter suppression, albeit a very pernicious type …

        Well, as you can see from my update, they decided NOT to go with this but still … the whole scenario has been so bizarre. It’s “back out there” so …. I’m sure Drudge is ON IT.

  2. Claiming he only wants fiscally responsible government, he and his family are standing in line begging the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois for $300,000,000 to renovate the federally protected Wrigley Field. And now they’ve ticked off Rahm… http://nalert.blogspot.com/2012/05/rahm-blasts-plan-to-attack-obama-by.html

  3. Bob

    So let me get this straight. This Republican dude want’s 100 million dollars in welfare but he wants to use ten million of it to smear the people he got it from. That only leaves ninety million for the drugs he’s clearly on if he thinks this is how the deal will work. If he were in Tennessee we could just piss test him and throw the whole deal out the window.

    • Amen, Bob, you are ON IT! He is now backing off the whole sorry mess, and he is asking Chicago for $300 million to rebuild Wrigley Field. He has so pissed off the new Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, that he is likely to get booed at ALL the Cubs games this year! Thanks for pointing out the obvious…he is a sham with billions in off shore banks who wants to destroy our President!

  4. deep

    So now they had free advertising from the New York Times just by “creating” this controversy.

    I can only hope it backfires.

  5. Joe

    And another “small government” mouthpiece (and with another baseball angle), Curt Schilling, former major league pitcher and regular Republican shill, has come to the state of Rhode Island, hat in hand, begging for some more corporate welfare (not to mention a check known to not have sufficient funds) – http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/05/curt_schilling_red_sox_rhode_island_38_studios.php?ref=fpb. The hypocrisy is incredible (well, maybe not).

  6. Yeah, it’s kinda sad that the bosox fans get to see another hero turn out to have no idea about genuinely accepting responsibility for his actions. OTOH, at least it’s RI former asshole governor Carcieri and not Deval Patrick who okayed (in fact lobbied) for the loan guarantees that Schilling’s company is defaulting on.