As of this writing, Chicago Cubs ownership has not solved The Carlos Marmol Problem. Nor have they found a taker for Alfonso Soriano’s contract. However, if dirty political campaigning gives you a boner, you’ll be thrilled to know the Ricketts family is prepared to spend megabucks in order to glue President Barack Obama’s reputation to that of his former spiritual guru, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright. From the New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg :
“The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way,” says the proposal, which was overseen by Fred Davis and commissioned by Joe Ricketts (above), the founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade. Mr. Ricketts is increasingly putting his fortune to work in conservative politics.
The $10 million plan, one of several being studied by Mr. Ricketts, includes preparations for how to respond to the charges of race-baiting it envisions if it highlights Mr. Obama’s former ties to Mr. Wright, who espouses what is known as “black liberation theology.”
The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an “extremely literate conservative African-American” who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”
A copy of a detailed advertising plan was obtained by The New York Times through a person not connected to the proposal who was alarmed by its tone. It is titled “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good.”
The proposal was presented last week in Chicago to associates and family members of Mr. Ricketts, who is also the patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs.
Lamenting that voters “still aren’t ready to hate this president,” the document concludes that the campaign should “explain how forces out of Obama’s control, that shaped the man, have made him completely the wrong choice as president in these days and times.”
UPDATE : spokespersons for Davis and Ricketts claim neither has approved the “the so-called ‘Ricketts Plan'” (“Joe Ricketts is a registered independent, a fiscal conservative, and an outspoken critic of the Obama Administration, but he is neither the author nor the funder…this plan merely a proposal, but it reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects.”)