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Boy, it sure makes a primary or election contest easier when your opponent pulls out, don’t you think? Barack Obama has been managing to do that since he won the Democratic nomination for state senator in Illinois in 1996, and it helps explain the IRS harassment of conservatives and Tea Party groups since 2010. Whereas once Obama targeted candidates to get them to pull out, from 2010 onward, he had the IRS and possibly other federal agencies target groups that represented a set of ideas, hoping to get those ideas to withdraw from the race. The pattern has been the same: get the opposition to leave.In 1996, as he faced an incumbent state senator and two other challengers for the Democratic nomination for state senator in a heavily-Democratic district in Chicago, then-candidate Barack Obama directed his campaign staff to challenge the candidacy petitions of his opponents. By disqualifying signatures one by one, as one local columnist put it, Obama “made sure voters had but one choice.”http://frontpagemag.com/2013/tom-thurlow/irs-scandal-follows-old-obama-illinois-pattern