You can learn an awful lot about the character of a candidate by the kind of campaign run by that candidate and by the actions of the people working in that campaign. The Obama-Biden campaign is no different. That campaign is riddled with a cancer, the cancer of Chicago thuggery.
Obama’s SuperPAC, PrioritiesUSA Action, has produced an ad showing a man who claims is wife died of cancer because the steel plant at which he worked was closed by Mitt Romney. Best I can tell, the ad has not yet been run on any channel in Colorado (or for that matter, anywhere in the country yet) but is widely circulating on the Internet. Before we talk about the ad, its inaccuracies and lies and the lying by those trying to rationalize the ad, take a look for yourself:
According to the Washington Post a lot of things are wrong, or untrue, in the commercial:
Bain bought the steel company in 1993. However, it had already gone from 4,500 workers in 1970 to about 1,500 workers in 1983. So, 10 years before Bain bought it, the company was in distress.
In 1997 Soptic’s union went on strike over benefits.
In 2001, faced with high debt, high electricity and natural gas prices the company declared bankruptcy as did “more than two dozen steel companies during that period.”
When the company filed bankruptcy, Mitt Romney was not running Bain Capital.
The Washington Post’s conclusion?
A case could be made that Bain’s involvement extended the life of a dying steel plant, in which case Soptic kept his insurance longer than he might have expected. On just every level, this ad stretches the bounds of common sense and decency.
That’s the Washington Post’s conclusion. When that bastion of biased reporting makes those claims, one should stand up and take notice.
But that’s not all. Again, according to the Washington Post:
Joe Soptic, 62, has become a go-to figure for supporters of President Obama, appearing this week in his second campaign ad talking about being laid off from a Kansas City, Mo., steel plant that was taken over by Bain Capital in 1993. And, quoting Soptic, “I think the reason they keep coming back to me is because of everything that has happened in our life since the plant closed.”
So, the campaign produces a commercial that is blatantly false, misleading, and, in my opinion, despicable in its distortion and attempt to tie Mitt Romney to “killing” someone. What do you think the campaign does at this point? It doubles down on the deception to the point that even Wolf Blitzer of CNN can’t quite grasp how low the campaign will stoop:
For my friends in Colorado (and other battleground states) be ready for an onslaught of this kind of Chicago-style gutter politics, playing on the basest thuggery of innuendo trying to make Romney out to be, literally, a killer.
It’s not just the campaign, it’s those working in the campaign and supporting the campaign, because the culture and attitude is set by the candidate himself.