John Fund of the Wall Street Journal also is demanding that the Obama campaign come clean. There is ugliness, deceit, evasiveness and secrecy in the Obama campaign. They are hiding information about Obama's past. In some cases the media is not doing its investigative job, but often it is the campaign that is refusing to cooperate.
Obama remains a mystery because he has been hiding details of his past life. Fund details some of the matters on which Obama is stonewalling.
"They're terrified of people poking around Obama's life," one reporter told Gabriel Sherman at the New Republic. "The whole Obama narrative is built around the narrative that Obama and [campaign strategist] David Axelrod built, and, like all stories, it's not entirely true." The stakes are high. If the full story of Mr. Obama's relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright had been revealed before the Iowa caucus, he wouldn't have won.
David Axelrod is Chicago Mayor Daley's right hand man in running the Democratic patronage and payoff machine, which is Obama's principal patron. Over the years the machine has become expert in stalling, twisting and hiding facts and obfuscating what's really going on. Obama is a beneficiary of that expertise.
Fund also describes the ugly steps the Obama campaign are taking to stifle all criticism of Obama.
Team Obama has launched an offensive against WGN, the Chicago Tribune's radio station, for interviewing Stanley Kurtz. Mr. Kurtz is a conservative writer who this week forced the University of Illinois to finally open its records on Sen. Obama's association with William Ayers, the unrepentant 1970s Weather Underground terrorist.
An Obama campaign email to supporters called Mr. Kurtz a "slimy character assassin" whose "divisive, destructive ranting" should be confronted. WGN producer Zack Christenson says the outpouring of negative calls and emails is "unprecedented." He also notes that it is curious -- because "we wanted the Obama campaign's take" on Mr. Kurtz's findings, but the campaign declined to put anyone on air.
Stanley Kurtz is a highly respected senior fellow at Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center, hardly a "slimy character assassin."
For a rundown of the obstacles and barriers put in his way as he sought information about Obama's relationship with terrorist bomber William Ayers, see Kurtz's article "Chicago Annenberg Challenge Shutdown?"