Team Obama: Serial Liars
“If you look at the overall trajectory of our campaign and the ads that I’ve approved and are produced by my campaign, you’ll see that we point out sharp differences between the candidates, but we don’t go out of bounds”
- President Barack Obama (August, 2012)
Perhaps the easiest way to spot if a campaign is in trouble is to take a quick glance on the message that they are attempting to convey to voters. Incumbents normally try to run, at least partly, on their record when they point out the achievements that have been made during their time in office. If you have an abysmal record you might instead settle for a strategy in which you throw everything you have at your opponent.
That’s what Team Obama is doing. But not only is Team Obama on the attack, they are bending the truth to an amazing degree in order to be able do so.
A recent ad, found here, provides an excellent example of the Obama campaign’s strategy. The ad is supposed to attack Romney/Ryan on Medicare, but goes about it by telling one lie after another in order to scare senior and middle class Americans. Yuval Levin had an excellent piece picking apart the ad over at The Corner. Mr. Levin highlights the fact that the ad claims that Romney/Ryan would raise costs for seniors by up to $6,400 a year. A claim that is completely false in regards to the current Romney/Ryan position:
As the Obama campaign well knows, since it has been called on this particular deception before, this claim of $6,400 in cost shifting is from a 2011 CBPP analysis based on a 2011 CBO analysis of an older version of premium-support, and simply does not apply to Romney’s plan. A similar calculation applied to Romney’s plan would show cost shifting not of $6,400 but of zero dollars.
Mr. Levin also describes how the ad goes on to make a number of other claims that also stretch the truth in order to create a punchline against Romney/Ryan.
Team Obama recently also decided to throw another ad out there, this one titled “Republican Women for Obama”. In the ad a number of women give their take on as to why they, as life-long Republicans, now have decided that Governor Romney is too extreme and not deserving of their continued support. However, the women that feature in the ad might not be Republican at all.
As detailed by the Powerline blog, at least two of the women does not appear to have had any previous connection to the Republican Party, and at least one of them has been a registered Democrat since 2006.
No record and no ‘sustainable’ vision leaves Team Obama with lies and smears. Considering the fact that President Obama seems content with his campaign, and maintains that it is not “out of bonds”, that really begs the question of whether Team Obama cares about the truth? At all?
P.S. In the same press conference where President Obama said that his campaign is not “out of bonds” he also managed to twist the truth about whether his campaign accused Governor Romney of being a felon.