Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Obama Campaign Under Fire for Horrendous Attack on Mitt Romney

There's a lot of news on this, and it's devastating.

At Business Insider, for example, "That Brutal Anti-Romney Ad Is Blowing Up In The Obama Campaign's Face."

And at AOSHQ, "Wait a Minute: Joe Soptic's Wife Wasn't Even Diagnosed With Cancer Until 2006?"

And more at Gateway Pundit, "OMG!… Joe Soptic, the Anti-Romney Cancer Ad Steelworker, Admits Bain Capital Offered Him a Buyout (Video)."

And from Bryan Preston, at PJ Media, "Why Team Obama Ran with the Dishonest ‘Mitt Killed My Wife!’ Ad" (via Instapundit):
Team Obama knows that the hollow man from 2008 is a real candidate now, and that he is not a particularly good one. They have seen him up close more than the rest of us have, and they know that he is an ideologue incapable of real leadership. But they have to keep him in power to keep themselves in power.

The “Mitt killed my wife!” ad isn’t about truth. Bill Burton & co did enough research to find Mr. Joe Soptic. They did enough research to craft an ad from the man’s sad story. They did enough research to know that Mrs. Soptic died seven years after Romney left Bain, they know that Bain tried to save GST, and they know that an Obama bundler was the person who ultimately shut GST down. They did the research, they brought the ad forward, and they know more than any of the fact-checkers know, that the ad is a lie.

And they don’t care.

The ad is out there. The uninformed are seeing it in their facebook feeds, twinned up with the latest from MoveOn or whichever smear group is running in parallel today. People will see the ad, and most of them will not see the CNN, PolitiFact or Washington Post fact-checks that declare the ad a total fraud. Out in the wild, the ad is intended do its job of toxifying Romney just enough to peel off a few of his voters and ramp up hate for him among Obama’s voters. That’s the point of the ad, not to tell anything that’s true, but just to stir the pot, sully Romney and depress his potential vote.

As I wrote yesterday, we’re dealing with something in the Obama campaign that we haven’t seen much at the top of American life, except in the worst moments of the Clinton era. We’re dealing with a president who is entirely without any sense of ethics, honor or morals. He has lived a lie for most if not all of his life, hiding his true political convictions in gauzy language that makes him appear reasonable and moderate. Having lived a lie, what’s one more lie, in the service of keeping himself in power? What’s one more lie if, in Obama’s mind, it accomplishes the “good” of keeping Romney out of power?

The danger for the Obama camp is that they risk going over a tipping point...

Perhaps, but the Democrats have the media doing interference. Besides, most voters aren't paying real deep attention to the campaign in the middle of August. More will tune in for the conventions, but it won't be until the second half of October that a lot of undecideds will finally make up their minds. But Glenn Reynolds says no worries, Team Obama will "top themselves several more times before November."

No doubt.

More at Memeorandum.