Unable to run on his record, President Hope-and-Change has built a campaign based entirely on scurrilous lies about Mitt Romney. But the latest reaches a historic, despicable low.
That ad features a man claiming that after Bain Capital closed his steel plant, he lost his job and his insurance, and shortly thereafter his wife died of cancer.
Even it were true, trying to blame Romney for his wife's death defies credulity. But the facts are all wrong.
Romney had left Bain to run the summer Olympics two years before Joe Soptic lost his job in 2001. And his wife had her own job and insurance at that time. She later took a disability leave and lost her coverage, and her cancer was apparently symptom-free until she checked into a hospital for pneumonia in 2006.
The ad, sponsored by an Obama "super-PAC" was too much even for the in-the-Obama-tank press. CNN's Wolf Blitzer called it "a pretty outrageous claim," and Sam Stein of the Obama-worshipping Huffington Post said it went "too far."
The Obama campaign has refused to denounce the ad, which is understandable, since when you lie as often as it does, the lines of propriety start to get blurry.
Obama campaign officials at one point called Romney a felon, saying he misrepresented his position at Bain after 1999. And Obama continued to make thinly veiled suggestions along these lines after the charge was completely debunked.
Team Obama has also repeatedly accused Romney of opposing abortion "even in the case of rape and incest." Fact-checking site PolitiFact.com gave this a "pants on fire," but the ads continued.
And now Obama is running around falsely claiming that Romney's tax cut plan will raise taxes on the middle class, citing an "independent" study written by a former administration official.
But why should Obama stop the lies? The press won't call him on it
This campaign of outrageous lies has exposed Obama for what he truly is: an utterly shameless politician who will do or say anything to keep his job.
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