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Barack Obama Really, Really Wants His Critics Thrown in Jail.

There's a funny side to this story, and a not-so-funny side.

Barack Obama really, really does not like it when you point out that his political career was launched in the home of unrepentant (although incompetent) terrorist Bill Ayers. He dislikes it so much, he wants to have the people who are doing it thrown in jail.

Seriously.

Yeah, apparently, the Democrats are still absolutely obsessed with the narrative about how Kerry lost the election because he didn’t respond to the Swifties quickly enough. I had always assumed, when I heard this narrative, that by “respond,” they meant “argue that the ads were erroneous.” It turns out that they actually meant, “try go get the people who created and funded the ads thrown in jail.” Well, I guess that’s one way to go about it.

Note that this is not an idle threat. The Politico notes that this is the second time that Obama’s campaign has sent a letter to the DoJ demanding that the DoJ do something. The first letter was not a mere publicity stunt: they really think their attackers belong in prison and they will continue pushing for that. And apparently it’s a pattern for Obama’s chief legal guy:

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Bauer has called for criminal investigations and prosecutions into the donors to independent groups critical of Obama, including one supporting John Edwards and another supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton. His words did have the effect of scaring their donors and consultants, but haven’t yet appeared to result in any prosecution.

Now for the funny part of the story: the Politico indicates that the Justice Department is politely telling the Obama campaign to go pound sand by pointedly refusing to comment.

Now for the not-so-funny part of the story: if Obama is elected President, the Department of Justice won’t be able to respond with nothing more than a pointed “no comment” when he asks them to investigate his political opponents for daring to criticize him.

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