Sigmund Freud was the first to identify a phenomenon known as “projection bias,” wherein an individual ascribes his own negative traits to others as a way to excuse his own behavior.
For example, a man who cheats on his wife is likely to suspect her of cheating on him (and who could blame her?). This pathology may explain the wild accusations of secrecy and concealment of illegal activity made against Mitt Romney by the Obama campaign.
It is astounding to those familiar with what is known of Barack Obama’s political past that he could make demands for more disclosure with a straight face. Then again, he’s had a lot of practice.
In Obama’s race for the U.S. Senate, David Axelrod’s former employer, The Chicago Tribune, successfully sued to obtain the sealed divorce records of Obama’s opponent. But to this day, the paper’s parent company keeps video of Obama’s laudatory introduction of Rashid Khalidi, a former spokesman for the PLO, under wraps.
His Illinois state Senate records have mysteriously disappeared, access to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge archives (where he served with Bill Ayers) is restricted, and his college admission applications and transcripts are under lock and key.