Leave it up to Obama and his allies to take politics lower than ever.
Nope, I’m not even talking about Harry Reid’s “pants-on-fire” charge that Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years (which Obama has yet to come out against, even while Axelrod lectures Republicans about standing up to “strident voices in your party.”) Rather, I’m referring to the latest cringe-worthy political ad from Team Obama.
The ad comes from former Obama staffer and ally Bill Burton, who now runs the pro-Obama Super PAC, Priorities USA. In the ad, carefully edited audio from a laid-off steelworker is pieced together to make it sound like Romney personally had a hand in the tragic death of his wife because the man no longer had insurance through his employer.
The ad — like most of Obama’s — was immediately debunked by fact checkers and even CNN:
Reports confirm that, not only did the woman have health insurance from her own employer even after her husband was laid off, but she didn’t actually pass away until 2006 — years after Romney had any involvement in Bain. In that time, Governor Romney had gone on to save the 2002 Olympics from scandal and corruption (donating three years of salary to charity) and had become Governor of Massachusetts (taking no pay for his four year term). But let’s not let those facts blurr the notion that Mitt Romney is a senseless killer, ok?
It’s sickening that Team Obama would exploit the death of this poor woman in order to continue the senseless defamation of Mitt Romney’s character. But even more sickening is the fact that nobody from the Obama camp (and they’ve had several chances) or even Obama himself have the backbone to publicly repudiate the ad.
I’ve only included the spot here to illustrate how repulsive it actually is:
If you’re as outraged as I am, do me a favor and give this a retweet:
When will spine-less Obama or any of his cohorts repudiate the ad that basically accuses Romney for a woman’s cancer death? Despicable.
— Mitt Romney Central (@RomneyCentral) August 8, 2012
UPDATE – TEAM OBAMA CAUGHT IN HUGE LIE: The hilarious part about all of this is that now you have the Obama campaign saying they have no idea who this laid-off steelworker is, trying to distance themselves from the content of the ad. But as it turns out, they themselves had featured this exact same man, Joe Soptic, in a campaign conference call with reporters.
Listen to the call that took place back in May — doesn’t sound scripted at all, does it?