This campaign has been arguably one of the dirtiest we’ve seen in some time. Now, when I say dirty, I mean dishonest. I think honest ads are completely legit, but there are some that are just beyond the pale. Interestingly, those beyond-the-pale ads seem to be coming from one direction. Obama.
The latest is an ad from the Obama superPAC Priorities USA Action claiming that Mitt Romney was responsible for the death of a woman with cancer:
Now, this is a pretty inflammatory ad. It is also grossly inaccurate.
Ranae Soptic, the wife of Joe Soptic, died on June 22nd, 2006. The GST Steel plant went out of business in February 2001- a full five years prior to her death. On top of it, Romney had left Bain Capital, which had acquired controlling interests in the company in 1993, in 1999. Clearly, Romney wasn’t around when the plant closed and he certainly wasn’t around for when Mrs. Soptic died.
UPDATE: This important fact needs to be included here. One of the major flaws in the ads claim is that Romney was not even at Bain Capital when GST Steel closed. However, Jonathon Lavine – a Managing Director at Bain Capital – was. More importantly, Lavine is one of Obama’s top bundlers, so by the ads logic, Lavine – not Romney – is implicitly responsible for Ranae Soptic’s death.
Surprisingly – or not – many in the media have decried the ad for its inaccuracy. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gave Bill Burton – Obama’s superPAC manager – half a dozen opportunities to denounce the ad, to which Burton asked what part of the ad was inaccurate. Ah, how about all of it you fucking hack. This after Burton had this to say in 2008, “How does it strengthen our country to pollute our politics with false and mean-spirited attacks?” Indeed.
Now, the campaign went on and on about how they had nothing to do with this ad. The campaign even put out its deputy manager, Stephanie Cutter, who said this:
Ahem, except she had a conference call with Joe Soptic in May, to which he recounted his wifes death:
Ahhhhhh, liar, liar, pants on fire.
But this isn’t the first time the Obama campaign has had dealings with Soptic, as reported by – believe it or not – MSNBC:
And Fox News:
After all this, the Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki was finally forced to come out on Thursday and say, “No one is denying he was in one of our campaign ads. He was on a conference call telling his story.” Well, Jen, this is exactly what you were trying to do, especially since on WEDNESDAY you said, “we don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family.”
To all of this, the Romney campaign responded:
“President Obama’s campaign has been caught lying about its knowledge concerning a vicious smear run by his Super PAC. And now, they have doubled down with another dishonorable and dishonest attack. In 2008, candidate Obama said ‘you make a big election about small things’ when you don’t have a record to run on. Since President Obama can’t run on record unemployment, falling incomes, and massive debt, he has decided to run a dirty campaign that is an affront to everything he claims to stand for.”
The Obama campaign has run on vicious attack after vicious attack, most of which devoid of fact. The have repeatedly received criticism for running factually inaccurate ads and they’ve made no effort to clean their game up. After all, why should they when this administration has been one big lie after another.
This is what we have to expect now from Hope and Change- Lies and Distortion. Little things indeed. Obama can’t run on his record of abject failure. Period. From this Romney tax issue to Bain Capital, Obama has been doing everything he can to get away from the simple fact that pretty much everything he has done has failed miserably. It isn’t going to work, but that won’t keep Obama, who is truly a cancer to this nation, from trying. But all hope isn’t lost since the cancer gets removed in November.
UPDATE II: Provided by el Tigre, this is exactly what the Romney campaign and supporters needs to do.