White House EPIC FAIL on Sen. Bennet’s behalf

By | October 11th, 2010

David Axelrod, senior advisor to Pres. Obama, was at his blustery best on “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer on Sunday.

Schieffer showed a hatchet-ad attack from the Democratic National Committee that vilifies the U.S. Chamber of Commerce [a vocal opponent of the Obama Administration's policies, it so happens] as a purse-snatcher “stealing our democracy” using “secret foreign money.”

And who did Axelrod cite as one of the targets of potential campaign-finance chicanery from sources unknown? U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

“In one race in Colorado, there are six different organizations running negative ads against the Democratic senator there, Michael Bennet. No one know where the money’s coming from.”

Let’s leave aside, for the moment, groups like Campaign Money Watch that are attacking Bennet’s Republican opponent, Ken Buck, with a $750,000 ad campaign that David Kopel dissected on WhoSaidYouSaid last week. Discovering the legitimate funding sources of political spending and issues advocacy can be a maze in itself.

The Democrats’ specific allegation (trumpeted by President Obama) is that since the U.S. Chamber of Commerce accepts dues from foreign corporation, that somehow some of that money is illegally influencing American elections through the Chamber’s political activities in the U.S.

And what has The New York Times, hot on the trail of this potential corruption blockbuster, discovered?

“The Democrats have offered no evidence that the chamber is using foreign money to influence the elections,” the newspaper reported on Sunday.

“This part about foreign money,” Schieffer asked Axelrod on the air. “That appears to be peanuts, Mr. Axelrod. I mean, do you have any evidence that it’s anything other than peanuts?”

“Well, do you have any evidence that it’s not, Bob?” replied Axelrod.

[We never though we'd say this, but we hope that the Obama Administration's meddling is confined to the economy; because if "Do you have any evidence that it's not?" ever becomes the standard of evidence in the judicial system, we're in a lot more trouble than we thought.]

“I guess I would put it this way,” Schieffer says, fighting through Axelrod’s rhetorical fog. “If the only charge, three weeks [out from] the election that the Democrats can make is that somehow this may, or may not be, foreign money coming into the campaign; is that the best you can do?”

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