A conservative super PAC is considering an advertising plan to attack President Obama's ties to the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., his controversial former spiritual adviser, and "do what what John McCain would not let us do" during the 2008 presidential campaign.
The $10 million plan--" The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good"-- was commissioned by Chicago Cubs billionaire owner Joe Ricketts and is one of several being considered by the Ending Spending Action Fund super PAC.
According to a copy of the plan obtained by the New York Times, the group wants to expose the ties between President Obama--who is referred to as "metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln"--and Wright's "black liberation theology."
"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," the 54-page proposal says, according to the Times.
The proposed assault, including television commercials and full-page newspaper ads featuring Wright--even "aerial banners"--would be timed to the Democratic National Convention in September.
Ricketts' plan includes "preparations for how to respond to the charges of race-baiting," according to the paper--going as far as to suggest hiring an "extremely literate conservative African-American" spokesman.
It also refers to an apparent ad--featuring Wright--that was produced for McCain's 2008 campaign but never aired. "If the nation had seen that ad," Ricketts writes, "they'd never have elected Barack Obama."
"Joe Ricketts is prepared to spend significant resources in the 2012 election in both the presidential race and Congressional races," Brian Baker, the super PAC's president, told the Times. "He is very concerned about the future direction of the country and plans to take a stand."