“In politics, absurdity is not a handicap”. With those words Napoleon provided a futuristic view of Obama’s current campaign. The Obama campaign seems to have abandoned even the pretext of telling the truth in its increasingly desperate effort to smear Mitt Romney. From the audacity of hope to the anguish of hubris, the Obama campaign is now so dishonest that even The Washington Post feels the need to object.
I don’t trust the Washington Post. So read the bumper sticker on my Dad’s Buick. Growing up in Northern Virginia I never really understood why he didn’t trust The Post and, moreover, why he felt the need to advertise that mistrust on the back of his LeSabre. However, as I went from my 20s to my 30s to my 40s Dad’s contempt for The Washington Post became a lot easier to understand. It increasingly seemed that my hometown newspaper was totally, consistently and always in favor of the liberal – Democratic viewpoint. So, I was quite stunned when The Washington Post recently “awarded” an Obama campaign ad that attempted to smear Mitt Romney the maximum dishonesty rating – four Pinocchios.
Outsourcing the truth. The Obama campaign packs a lot of lies into a very short campaign ad. In fact, the lies-to-words density may have broken the previous record held by Richard Nixon. Here is a short list of the Obama campaign’s lies – from The Washington Post:
- Corporate raider. The ad calls Romney a corporate raider. Anybody who knows his ass from page eight realizes that this characterization is BS. However, the campaign cites a single Reuters story, written by a stringer, and repudiated by Reuters’ Boston Bureau Chief, as the basis for its characterization of Romney as a Carl Ichan like corporate raider.
- Gold medal fabrications. The ad names a number of companies where Romney supposedly outsourced jobs out of America. One teensy-tiny problem: Romney was gone from Bain and running the Salt Lake City Olympics when these events happened. The Obama campaign’s rationalization? Romney had not yet sold all his shares in Bain so he bears the blame. Folks, we have entered the world of pathological lying here.
- Shell game. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney vetoed a bill that would have forbidden state contractors from moving jobs overseas. His logic? The bill would cost Massachusetts more money and the jobs could leave Massachusetts anyway. As the WaPo fact checker says, ” Both the liberal editorial page of the Boston Globe and conservative editorial page of the Boston Herald urged Romney to veto the amendment, saying it would cost the state money.” The specific case cited by the Obama campaign – the CitiGroup outsourcing of food stamp card processing to India – seems to be a reasonable criticism of Romney. Reasonable, that is, until one hears “the rest of the story.” Once the call center was brought back to the U.S. the jobs did not return to Mass. They went to another state just as Romney had predicted. Ironically, that state was Utah.
Quantity over quality. When the Obama campaign heard that the Washington Post Fact Checker was looking into its pathological lies, it tried to bury the Fact Checker in paper. The campaign supplied “reams” of documents supposedly bolstering its case. The net result? The Washington Post Fact Checker awarded the ad its highest dishonesty rating – four Pinocchios.
Dissembling desperation. Barack Obama is repeatedly proving that he cannot be trusted to tell the truth. As this year’s Presidential campaign unfolds I don’t know why I should watch, read or listen to anything Obama says. Why should I? Obama has proven that he will tell any lie, distort any fact and make any false campaign promise in order to get elected. If President Obama wants to be re-elected he needs to start telling the truth and insisting that those around him do the same. The fact that the liberal-leaning Washington Post awarded an Obama campaign ad its highest dishonesty score says it all. My only question is when we’ll start seeing Romney ads taking Obama to task for his dishonest statements.
America deserves better than a sitting president who condones dishonesty in his name.
– DJ Rippert