The Gloves Come Off

How nasty is it going to get? We’ll find out today as the campaigns match each other sleaze-for-sleaze via surrogates. All weekend long we were treated to media teasers announcing Gloria Allred and Donald Trump would reveal secrets of the opposing camp’s candidates. In other words, the dinosaurs are running loose in the zoo. Though neither celebrity is associated directly with the campaigns, the idea that they aren’t representing their respective corners is so unbelievable only a caveman would buy it. No doubt part of the tease, in addition to building suspense, was to test the waters to see how much damage going this dirty would do the dueling campaigns efforts.

For her part, Gloria Allred is scheduled to appear in a Boston courtroom at 8:00 this morning to try to have lifted a gag order in a decades old divorce case. TMZ is reporting that it is the divorce case of Thomas Stemberg, co-founder of Staples, and his first wife Maureen. The tip is that there is something “juicy” in Romney’s testimony, though what that is we’ll find out later.

Except for the part about working through legal channels, this is a play straight from the Obama play book. In almost every election he’s been in unsealed court records, usually divorce and often at the last minute, have been the demise of his opponent. It doesn’t matter that Allred will likely be unsuccessful in getting the gag lifted, especially since Thomas Stemberg is contesting the petition—the story is now out there, and the media will fill in the rest no matter what happens.

For Trump’s part, in a well-timed release to coincide with Allred’s attempt later this morning, he’s prepared to release documents he’s no doubt been sitting on for a while. A Florida-based investor, Douglass Klass, tweeted to his followers on Tuesday that the documents were related to Michelle Obama’s attempt to divorce Barack Obama in the wake of his sole electoral loss in a House election in 2000. This was after Malia was born, but just before Sasha. Ed Klein had earlier made the allegation in his book, The Amateur, though the White House denied the report at the time and sought to discredit Klein.

So now we have the Obama-divorce-story versus the Romney-testified-in-a-divorce- case-story. You tell me which one is more interesting. You already know. The irony is, of course, rich because in a typical Obama-style play, he stands to get routed by his own carefully hidden record and dirty campaign tricks. Talk about hoisted on your own petard. For someone like me, who’s been onto to the charade that parades himself around as Obama for almost five years, it is all so delicious. But it poses additional promise and problems as well.

Now we get to see these stories play out in the media. No doubt the Allred angle will get more play initially in the liberal-mainstream press nexus, but the conservative media has built a formidable media machine of its own over the last two decades, and they will not let the Trump story go down in flames. And the details there are too juicy for the mainstream media to ignore for long. Documents to back up Klein’s assertions? What else in The Amateur could be true? Will it all start to unravel now, as the truth comes spilling out? Inquiring minds want to know.

This will play out on Memorandum for the next several days, and Americans will grow more disgusted than ever that the parties play games while Main Street continues to suffer.  That disgust will likely play in Romney’s favor, however,  for the simple facts that the Obama story is more recent and interesting, Romney’s a third party to the divorce case, and Allred has already played this hand for her team countless times before. It’s a stale move, and because it’s not Romney’s divorce, it’s hollow as well. Besides, she has a vagina, and Trump is the ultimate alpha male. I’m not bothered by that in the least, quite frankly. Team Obama has played so cynically with sexism and “women’s issues” for so long, it’s time they got a taste of their own medicine. Let Allred go down in flames; she has no business trying to be the voice of American women anyway, and she certainly doesn’t speak for me.

But it will help Obama, too, if only because it will temporarily bury the Reuters breaking story of damning new emails that show the White House knew in real time that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack.

Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.

The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.

While that’s not good, there’s always the Sunday talk shows, which will cover this story. It’s won’t be covered up or glossed over, but the impact could be delayed. Keep in mind there’s still 13 days left, folks. That’s plenty of time to give this story walking legs.

As I’ve said before, as long as Obama was willing to play on the semi-level, Romney would not go dirty. He was willing to absorb the mouthy punches of the slacker-in-chief during the debates, and the record-slurring of Obama’s team over the summer. But, with the numbers what they are the trajectory what it is, it was only a matter of time before Team Obama would feel they had to get down in the mud. It is, of course, a significant sign of desperation that they are going this route at this late date. Personally, I’m pleased that Team Romney had a game-plan to address it. This should put to rest any talk of Romney not getting it once and for all. He gets it, and he’s ready for whatever comes his way.

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10 comments on “The Gloves Come Off

  1. Lola-at-Large says:

    FTR, Obama lost in November of 2000, and Sasha was born in June of 2001–7 months later. I’m going to put two and two together and speculate that Michelle O found out she was pregnant and there4 did not go through with the divorce. Pins in the diaphragm, ya think? Because it would be irresponsible not to speculate.

  2. 1539days says:

    Mitt Romney has no problem destroying his opponents if necessary. Long ago, I decided to go for Romney because I was tired of Obots throwing mud at Republicans and I knew Romney would bring an RPG to a gunfight. I have this weird suspicion that this is some 11th dimensional chess move to freak out Romney supporters rather than turn women around.

    I think unsealing these records will be a bug yawn. Allred may be hoping that the husband has enough of a case that the records will not be opened and they will speculate for the next 2 weeks.

    The facts remain the facts. Four Americans are dead and shit still stinks,

  3. mcnorman says:

    25,000 Red Rock venue for which 10,000 is capacity. http://360.io/nRThPH

    I don’t think they care about what Glo and Donald have to say. They have already made up their minds.

  4. Anna Belle says:

    The Donald say that all “predictions” so far are incorrect, and that he’ll release details at noon:

  5. Anna Belle says:

    Re: Allred. Romney doesn’t give a shit. http://thepage.time.com/2012/10/24/always-at-the-end/

    The full details of the case and the nature of the hearing could not be learned, but Robert Jones, an attorney at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, who is representing Romney in this matter told TIME in a statement, “This is a decades-old divorce case in which Mitt Romney provided testimony as to the value of a company. He has no objection to letting the public see that testimony.”

  6. Anna Belle says:

    No word yet on the gag order but Maureen is talking anyway. A big nothing-burger.

    Mitt Romney LIED under oath when he testified in the divorce of his good friend and screwed the friend’s wife out of a lot of money in the process … so claims the ex-wife of Staples’ founder Tom Stemberg.

    Multiple sources connected with the divorce tell TMZ … during Tom’s uber nasty divorce case with ex-wife Maureen, Mitt Romney gave a deposition and testified during the trial that Staples was worth virtually nothing. Romney testified that the company was worth very little and Tom was a dreamer and “the dream continues.”

    Romney characterized the Staples stock as “overvalued,” adding, “I didn’t place a great deal of credibility in the forecast of the company’s future.”

    Partly as a result of Romney’s testimony, Maureen got relatively little in the divorce, but we’re told just weeks after the divorce ended, Romney and Tom went to Goldman Sachs and cashed in THEIR stock for a fortune. Short story — Romney allegedly lied to help his friend and screw the friend’s wife over.

    So basically an unsubstantiated, unprovable allegation that leaves out the part where she, too, sold half of her 500,000 Staples shares. There’s more. She’s also pissed that–25 years after the divorce was final, Stemberg cancelled her health insurance.

    Gloria ain’t what she used to be, that much is clear. Stay tuned for The Donald’s announcement, schedule for 10 minutes from now!

  7. Anna Belle says:

    Donald’s got nothing. Lamest. Showdown. Ever.

    • Anthony says:

      Well, THAT was a whole lotta nothin’…..

      I seriously doubt whether anyone really cares about what either Allred or Trump have to say.

      What will be interesting to see is if the MSM will use either story to eclipse the WH “We didn’t know what was going on in Benghazi!” meme when the shit hits the fan about the real-time emails

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