Jun 06 2008
This is way too weird (and convenient) to be coincidence:
A major plot line of the novel is the presidential campaign of Democrat Jesse Wood, aiming to be the countryâ€™s first African American president â€” â€œWood was handsome, smart, charismatic, and being mentioned increasingly often in the press as someone who could unite a twenty-first century America growing more, not less, racially and economically divided.â€ (p.35)
Heâ€™s a U.S. Senator from New York and former senior partner at a prestigious law firm. His backers include â€œsome of the old Black Panthers.â€ He wants to make Puerto Rico a state, and a recurring figure in his campaign is a controversial minister from Philadelphia called â€œJefferson Roundtree.â€
Yep, you guessed it, there is a video tape of the candidate talking about “Whitey” in the story line. The book is from 2006 – coincidentally when Obama was running for the Senate and was clearly heading to a White House run. How convenient is this?
Now look, if there was a story about blackmailing a candidate using a video tape of him making racist comments, that would be an interesting tie-in. If the candidate was black, that would be an interesting coincidence. But if the character precisely described Barrack Oama and his signature campaign theme? That is too convenient. And the character had a minister problem? How many coincidences can we get here?
And the tape was used by an opponent – and not found by the news media? And the racist comment was “whitey”? Then there is way too much more coincidence:
Later the tape is used for blackmail by an ally, and then the real badguy â€” a Texan who owns a giant oil company named Hewitt (sorry, Hugh) â€” gets his hands on the tape. The description of the appropriate timing of the release of the videotape on p. 237 will sound familiar to those tracking the rumors of the alleged Michelle Obama tape.
Hewitt thought for a second. â€œIâ€™m going to let Jesse win the nomination and let the public get used to him as the Democratic candidate. Give the country some time to get to know Jesse Wood, to start to like him. And they will because heâ€™s a very likeable guy. Then Iâ€™m going to drop the bomb, after everyoneâ€™s started to like him. That way the clip will have maximum effect and people will be as angry as they can be. Whites and blacks. Whites for the obvious reason, blacks because theyâ€™ll feel like he let â€˜em down.â€
OK, some of this could be driving Johnson’s smear campaign. But how is it the timing of the release is now following the script so well? Is this author prescient? Or was this book written and published for other reasons …. ? Wonder what political connections Frey has? (my tongue is in my cheek, in case you folks can’t figure it out).
Update: The book doesn’t sound like something I would read, but it does sound like the typical liberal’s biased view of businessmen (accept for investment firms – of course) and those evil conservatives. I’m going out on a limb here and say Frey is a classic NYC liberal. I especially have to laugh at the idea of pushing Mexico to become the 51st state of America. Where do people think these things up? If this was something pre-positioned I guess they never expected McCain to win!
The fight against ‘government’ corruption” is way too pat as well. And to add to all the ridiculous coincidences character Jesse Ford, the black candidate running for President, is a US Senator. The Book came out December 2006 (after the election). Was Obama the inspiration?
Update: Â I would like to know where Geraghty got his tip from in the original post, because he refers to “Jesse Wood” and not “Jesse Ford” (what I assume is the character’s actual name after being on a few sites now with book reviews of the story). Â Why does this sound like Geraghty caught a tip from someone ‘special’ and just miscalled or miswrote the name? Update - Reader Snapple notes that Geraghty got the character’s name right, the sites selling the book were mistaken!