Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

In football they call it a Hail Mary:

Did Obama Give Gloria Allred’s Game Away?

For several days, reports have circulated that attorney Gloria Allred–who always seems to surface when a Democrat is in trouble–is about to drop an “October surprise” on the Romney campaign.

Speculation has surrounded a story published last week by the left-wing website AlterNet, purporting to tell the story of women who claimed Mitt Romney advised them in the 1980s, in his capacity as a church leader, against having abortions.

There is only one problem: the story is not new, and Breitbart News already discussed several aspects of the tale in January 2012, including the false claim that Romney had been insensitive to women in his congregation. One woman he had counseled against having an abortion, and who carried her baby to term, told Vogue in February she was grateful to Romney for his help, though she later decided to leave the Mormon church.

There is perhaps reason to believe that this is the tactic Allred is preparing to use against Romney–and that she may be doing so in coordination with the Obama campaign.

In a speech on Friday in Virginia, President Barack Obama unveiled a new attack against his rival, accusing him of “Romnesia” (Romney + amnesia) about his past positions. The media treated the word as an innovation.

But the term has a prior–and specific–history.

According to the AlterNet article, which was published last Wednesday, “Romnesia” was the term created by Mormon feminists to describe his inability to recall specific details of his advice on abortion to female congregants. (Questions about Romney’s position on abortion, and his role as a church leader, first arose during his campaign for U.S. Senate in 1994.)

Considering Obama’s campaign record some kind of “October Surprise” seems fairly likely. But if this is all they got they better get used to saying “President Romney.”

Obama “won” his first election when he surprised his opponents (including the incumbent, his former mentor Alice Palmer) with last-minute legal challenges to their nomination petitions and got them all knocked off the ballot. In 2004 he surprised Blair Hull and Jack Ryan with some dirty laundry. Some people believe the 2008 Wall Street collapse was conveniently timed to aid Obama’s victory over John McCain.

But this story is old news – the alleged incident took place thirty years ago and was first used against him by Ted Kennedy way back in 1994. Even if we were to assume the story is mostly true it isn’t exactly scandalous – Mitt is running as a pro-life candidate. (“Breaking news, a pro-life church leader gave pro-life advice!“) I’m pretty sure his position on abortion has been factored in by most people by now.

But could there be a different surprise coming? If so, what could it be? It would be irresponsible not to speculate, so let’s talk about it.

To make a big splash a story would pretty much have to involve sex and/or drugs. Another “Mitt was a bully” or “Mitt is a heartless capitalist” story won’t cut it. Unless there is some kind of official documentation allegations of domestic violence wouldn’t be credible. I doubt a “Mitt hired an illegal alien” claim would have much effect either.

Mitt is too squeaky clean for anonymous allegations of drug use to fly. Someone with proof they smoked pot with Mitt back in the 60’s probably wouldn’t hurt him anyway. Neither would some woman coming forward to claim she was his lover before he married Ann. Allegations of something more serious, like an extramarital affair, sexual harassment or sexual assault would need substantial corroboration to make a difference at this point in the race.

One thing is for sure, if Mitt has any skeletons in his closet he knows exactly what they are and he’s ready for them. I’m guessing if the Obama campaign tries a big surprise it will turn out to be an epic nothingburger.

But that won’t stop them from trying.

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68 Responses to Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

  1. myiq2xu says:


    I skipped over the obvious – some kind of peace deal with Iran.

    Mark me down as skeptical. I doubt if it would work because we can’t trust what they say.

    • angienc says:

      Just like all those peace deals with North Korea — they kept promising not to build a nuke & surprise! They build a nuke.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The NYT retracted that “sittin’ down with Iran” story after the WH denied it. Guess it wasn’t supposed to be “leaked” this soon 😀

    • Constance says:

      Oh yeah here is the deal. We stop all sanctions and send them billions in aid payments and then they will stop building their bomb…..or not…

  2. fif says:

    Once again, Obama’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. Do we really need to cite his constantly changing positions? Cannot wait until he is GONE!

    • myiq2xu says:

      Only Democrats are allowed to evolve.

    • carol haka says:

      Happy you had such a great trip! Could you have not stopped at any more hot spots? Did you get to see the beautiful coast line of Israel? The Palestinians have that same coast line – too bad they decided to destroy it instead of keep it as one of the most beautiful tourist spots in the world – that water is beautiful! I haven’t been there but my niece went 2 years ago, and I saw the photos – wow! I have been to Greece – when it was one of the safest places in the world – i think it was 1984 – best food anywhere!


  3. myiq2xu says:

    One more thing – the voters don’t like cheating, and dropping a bomb at the last minute could easily backfire. If anything new does come out people will wonder where the information has been until now.

    With two weeks to go people are locking in their votes and once they do they won’t change.

  4. carol haka says:

    October Surprise Chicago Style:

    Instead of an epic loss, Obama is going to contract some almost deadly disease in which he will have to transported by cover of night to a $35 million dollar mansion on the coast of Hawaii. There, he will have to be treated for an unspecified time but surely a recovery for the inauguration. He will have sadly lost as people were just too afraid to put laughing Joe in the position of President. It will be tragic, but it will be someone else’s fault – probably George W’s. 🙂

    I can live with that! 👿

  5. carol haka says:

    Make sure you see and hear Lindsay Graham’s last minutes on Sunday Fox News this morning! He lays Libya all out. 👿

  6. tommy says:

    Os bleeding the womens vote. So an affair might be the right catalyst to bring them back into the O camp again. As mentioned, R advising women not to have an abortion would be greeted by a yawn. Captain Dick is in trouble. The new NBC/WSJ poll (highly rated by Nate Silver) have them tied at 47 each. Its well known that the undecideds go to the challenger, and put ’em over the top. Interesting times.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      He got nuthin!!!!!!
      Obama’s whole campaign can be summed up as Big Bird, lady parts and binders. That isn’t much of a reason to vote for him. 😯
      Vote with your Lady smarts.

  7. mcnorman says:

    Looks like Fluke is not helping the cause cuz only 10 people showed up.

  8. OldCoastie says:

    Watching This Weak with George Snufferlopolus… Wasserman-Schmidt is wearing hair that looks like Medusa… and Ralph Reed is just plain creepy.

    Nice to see Greta van Sustern though.

  9. yttik says:

    Romney counseling a woman not to have an abortion would only help him more with his conservative base. A much better scandal would be Romney counseling a woman to HAVE an abortion. I suppose it’s possible, he was once pro-choice. Maybe back then he encountered a situation where the mother’s life was endanger or something?

    I really will puke all over my shoes if the Dems try to attack Romney for a… scandal.

  10. myiq2xu says:

    I will be back after a while. Y’all behave!

  11. SHV says:

    “Romney counseling a woman not to have an abortion would only help him more with his conservative base”
    The only shocking thing would be if he had counseled a church member to have an abortion. The LDS church is against abortion but, IIRC, they say it is ultimately a decision for the woman to make.

    • angienc says:

      This is the thing — they have no strategy unless you can call “everything including the kitchen sink” a strategy.

  12. angienc says:

    This would have been something when he ran against Kennedy for the Senate or when he ran for Governor when he considered himself *personally* pro-life but politically pro-choice, because he didn’t want to impose his personal religious views on anyone — which, btw, is exactly what Biden said at the VP debate that the Left was praising him for so of course this position will now be hypocritical vis-a-vis Romney (like all the praise Obama got on his SSM evolution to the exact position Chenney held –and was eviscerated for — 8 years ago). Anyway, as you say, now that he has evolved to pro-life personally & politically, it is a big SO THE FUCK WHAT?

    I actually think — and have always said — that the 47% tape was supposed to be the October surprise, but Obama needed something to get the attention of Libya so they released it early (h/t Dana Loesch).

    • ME says:

      Yes the 47% was supposed to be the Oct. surprise. I know a few Obama 08 voters who changed their minds because of it. They released it so soon because Mitt wasn’t supposed to be polling so well. All of their attacks handn’t worked as well as they intended.

      • angienc says:

        Obama 08 voters who changed their minds & decided to vote for Obama again or did they just *say* they changed their minds to try to influence you into voting for Obama too? ‘Cause they’re sneaky like that and I *still* say *every* fair person knows what he *meant* about his ability to get people’s votes, not that he “didn’t care about half of the country” (which is the Team Obama spin) and that the only people outraged about it are those who were voting for Obama anyway (or as Romney said — “no matter what”).

        • ME says:

          Point taken. Anyone who listened to it knew it was campaign strategy. If you look at his life you know Gov. Romney is a man who cares about people.

  13. tommy says:

    A bit about Mitt…As head of the private equity firm Bain Capital, he was so uncomfortable cutting loose struggling employees that a legend grew: Executives sent in to his office to be fired emerged thinking that they had been promoted.

    • angienc says:

      I’ve read a Meg Whitmann quote that when she was at Bain *everyone* wanted to work with Mitt because of his leadership style — no screaming & hysterics, but positive & firm motivation that got people excited about doing their jobs by giving them more & more responsibilities, etc. Also, he didn’t like to fire people but instead would kind of put them on a professional “time out” (i.e., take a few days off kind of thing) to help them correct & not repeat errors when they fucked up.
      Having worked for some real tyrants in my life, working for Romney sounds like paradise.

    • yttik says:

      I knew a woman exec like that, LOL! She could make people feel as if getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to them. She’d tell them this is an opportunity for you to move on to bigger and better things. You shouldn’t let this company hold you back from your dreams. It was a real gift and I swear people actually left the building feeling like they’d won a pardon or something.

  14. DeniseVB says:

    Well if you need Gloria Allred to save your sorry ass, how bad is that?

    Besides, if you’re a woman seeking advice on whether or not to have an abortion you probably want to be convinced to keep your baby. Otherwise, she would have NOT gone to a man of faith.

  15. tommy says:

    A serial CEO, the Republican nominee is steeped in management theory and eschews gut instincts. He is not so much a micromanager as a microprocessor, wading deeply into the kind of raw data that is usually left to junior aides. He entrusts advisers with responsibility but keeps them on a short leash, accountable through a flurry of progress reports and review sessions. His decision-making process is unhurried and Socratic, his instinct to exhaustively debate and prod.

  16. angienc says:

    BTW — Meet the Press today was all Binders instead of Benghazi.

  17. tommy says:

    After Romney’s travelling press secretary, Rick Gorka, was caught on tape this summer cursing at reporters during a trip to Poland, he was briefly removed from the campaign trail. But he remained in his job. Fraser Bullock, who was Romney’s top Olympics aide, said his then-boss’ reluctance to fire people stemmed from concern about their fate. “He personalises the situation, from what I saw,” he said, “It’s ‘Oh boy, what will happen to this person? Are they going to be able to get another job?’. That is why he gives people chances to recover”.

  18. tommy says:

    Employees said that Romney seemed to intuitively understand how to motivate people who worked long hours in high-stress jobs. He doled out generous bonuses, to be sure. But he also roamed the halls, poking his head into cubicles and offices, inquiring what people were working on, quietly studying the mood. “He would say, ‘People aren’t smiling enough,’ recalled Cindy Gillespie, who worked with him at the Olympics and the governor’s office.

  19. France now saying Iran can have the bomb by EARLY next year? Yup, plays right into that nasty little rumor going around about how teh once is going to negotiate with the Western hating Ayatollahs to “save the world”
    Uh huh.
    Anyone who believes the Ayatollahs OR Obama tell the truth about Iranian nuclear ambitions needs to have their head examined.

  20. Constance says:

    A youthful indiscretion story might actually humanize Romney to many. People are over his religion, pro life, and rich guy stories. With all the stupid stories the Obots have been tossing out like Big Bird, Binders etc I think they are out of ideas. What they should do is show some respect for Democrat voters who are still in line behind them instead of trying to herd them with loads of idiocy. Some people just believe in Democrat ideas and they want the cabinet and advisers in government to be Democrats so they are voting for the big O. They aren’t articulate people and the only talking points the Dems are giving them make them look like idiots. Like the childless 60 year old lesbian couple who are feel their reproductive rights are the top priority in this election.

  21. dailypuma says:

    John and Ken of KFI-AM 640 told some funny Gloria Allred stories when they were at KABC Radio. She would want to break in to their show with what she thought were breaking news stories and they would just laugh and say no to the ABC executives.

  22. foxyladi14 says:

    She is no lady. 👿

  23. Somebody says:

    I think one of the women will come forward with a titillating story of taking a walk on the wild side with Mitt. Yep she’ll reveal how they shared a glass of iced tea on a hot summer……Oh what a scandalous tale Gloria will tell about Mitt and her client sneaking hits of iced tea and their ensuing caffeine buzz! Why it may have induced Mitt to go on a caffeine laced good samaritan binge; digging up random tree stumps, visiting cancer stricken children……..the possibilities are endless. It will surely leave the electorate aghast!

    In all seriousness I think the breaking story is going to be a woman that was passed over for a promotion and she will claim it was based on her gender and she knows Mitt discriminates. Outside chance some woman claims Mitt looked at her lustfully or made inappropriate comments around her. I doubt there will be any proof beyond he said, she said, but the Obama camp doesn’t care they want to tamp down Mitt’s recent gains with women. Hopefully if something unsubstantiated like this comes out voters, and in particular women voters, will consider the source and give Romney the benefit of the doubt.

    • myiq2xu says:

      What if someone has pictures of Romney coming out of Starbucks with a double espresso!

      • Somebody says:

        Oh the scandal!!! I’m sure he’ll distract and deflect claiming he was buying it for and delivering it to someone else, you know he’ll go with the old Mr. Nice Guy schtick. We’d all see through that because he’s just an evil rich tyrant………yep you may be on to the Obama October surprise! Figures, Starbucks is such a lefty company they’ve probably been holding onto that security footage for a decade, bastards! Thank goodness Gloria can come in, expose the truth and save our republic from the closet caffeine swilling, successful, rich Romney!

  24. threewickets says:

    Ooh, major meltdown fight on facebook between Obots and Green socialists who don’t want to vote for Obama. Ad hominems and blood flying everywhere. Better than a Predator v Alien movie.

    • threewickets says:

      What neither group gets is that on domestic and economic policy, Hillary would almost always have been to Obama’s left. But that’s all in the past now. They can poke each others eyes out, I don’t care.

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