Thursday, August 16, 2012

Too little... too late?

From the days of Willie Horton, at least, Republicans have engaged in bitter, scathing, largely untruthful attacks on Democratic candidates. This year, the Democrats are (finally!) playing hardball themselves and (surprise!) the Republicans are whining to mommy about it.

Here's Mittens, forgetting for the moment that he has spent 10s of millions of dollars on negative ads himself.

Mr. President take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.”

Strong words! And wouldn't they be so much easier to take seriously, had Romney not spent the month of July telling everyone he could that President Obama thinks small businessman are posers and fakers who take credit for accomplishments that rightly belong to the government? And here's a reasonable Republican concern troll in the Washington Times whining that the Democrats are hitting back:
Obama’s allies took the campaign over the edge last week and the Obama campaign did nothing to stop it. The most egregious example of a campaign out of bounds was the ad prepared by Priorities USA, the super PAC supporting Obama. 
The ad tied Romney to the cancer death of the wife of Joe Soptic, who lost his health insurance and his job when a steel company that Bain Capital had taken over while Romney was at the company later went bankrupt, after Romney left Bain. 
The Obama campaign also has refused to denounce Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) for making the unsubstantiated accusation that Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. He claimed that a Bain investor told him that, but he refused to identify the person or retract the claim when Romney denied the charge.
You poor precious pumpkin! Where the hell were you when Obama was accused of being best buddies with terrorists, or when a group of disgruntled, inveterate liars went on my TeeVee to lie about John Kerry's war record? Anyway, the Democrat claims have the advantage of being true. Romney did drive corporations into bankruptcy without regard for the health and well-being of their workers, and Paul Ryan's plan to destroy Medicare really and truly is a plan to destroy  Medicare.  Also, why, pray tell, should Obama denounce Reid, when Romney could defang the claims simply be releasing his tax records? If Reid is a liar, Romney can prove it in the time it takes to get to Kinko's and Xerox some documents. After Romney does that, Obama can denounce Ried for fibbing - if it turns out that he has. 

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