While it’s not as hilarious as Al Gore’s altitude theory, there is more speculation into why President Barack Obama may have been off his game during Wednesday evening’s debate. At the Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard reports that looming story on donor scandal may have been weighing heavily on Obama’s mind:
According to knowledgeable sources, a national magazine and a national web site are preparing a blockbuster donor scandal story.
Sources told Secrets that the Obama campaign has been trying to block the story. But a key source said it plans to publish the story Friday or, more likely, Monday.
According to the sources, a taxpayer watchdog group conducted a nine-month investigation into presidential and congressional fundraising and has uncovered thousands of cases of credit card solicitations and donations to Obama and Capitol Hill, allegedly from unsecure accounts, and many from overseas. That might be a violation of federal election laws.
The Obama campaign has received hundreds of millions in small dollar donations, many via credit card donations through their website. On Thursday, the campaign announced a record September donor haul of $150 million.
Color me skeptical about this story being what threw Obama off his game. I recall hearing about a similar scandal before, which Bedard notes in his write-up. No one in the mainstream media ever really paid much attention to it — much like other scandals, including Operation Fast and Furious or the handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack.
If this is true, and it may very well be, it’s minor in the grand scheme of things because it’s just another story for the media to ignore. I hate to say that, but given the other big scandals of this administration, it’s just the sad reality in which we live.