Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ad Wars

Well, things have certainly gotten interesting in the past few days!  Before we get to the current news, I want to rewind a bit and recap an issue that bears repeating.  It's a tale of two campaign ads.

First is one about Joe Soptic, a blue collar worker in an Obama ad who lost his job at a steel factory because of Bain Capital closing the place down.  His wife had cancer, and the ad is essentially accusing Mitt Romney of killing his wife and claiming that if Obamacare had been in effect she would still be alive.  Don't take my word for it...judge for yourself:

Hm, okay.  Seems reasonable, until you actually understand what really happened:
** Mitt Romney left Bain in 1999 to work on Olympics. 
** GST Steel in Kansas City was shut down in 2001. 
** Top Obama bundler Jonathan Lavine was in charge of Bain Capital at the time.
** Soptic was offered a buy-out.
** Soptic took another job but declined to purchase their insurance plan.
** Soptic’s wife had her own health insurance plan through 2003.
** In 2006, Soptic’s wife was diagnosed — diagnosed! — with very late-stage cancer.
** She died 22 days after diagnosis.
** The pro-Obama PAC Priorities USA cuts an ad blaming Romney for her death.

Now, which of the numerous lies in here is the stretchiest?  It's a tough call.  Romney is gone from Bain for two years before Soptic lost his job, but it's still his fault?  An Obama groupie was the one who actually closed down the factory, not Romney?  Soptic was offered money to leave rather than getting thrown out on the street?  He turned down insurance at another job, and his wife had her own insurance, as opposed to being tragically without health care?  Again, take your pick.  It's a disgusting lie-riddled accusation with no basis in fact whatsoever.  The response has been very informative.

First the Obama campaign denied knowledge of the ad.  Then they claimed to not know the details of Soptic's situation despite featuring him in multiple ads.  Then they were busted talking to Soptic directly on one of their own conference calls.

Now, let's look at the second ad, from the Romney campaign:

The media went ballistic, equating this ad with the Obama campaign's Soptic murder ad.  The problem, of course, is that there isn't a single untrue statement in the Romney welfare ad.  If someone can find one, I'd love to hear it.  It's 100% true.  And, the intent behind it is to address a rapidly rising problem - there are 100 million Americans taking some kind of welfare right now, and that not only means there are fewer productive people making the economy work, but also a lot more people sucking resources down from an already bloated government.  It's a double whammy, and something that must be addressed if this economy is going to recover.

The Romney campaign also put out another ad that, in my opinion, just throws salt in the wound by using Democrat after Democrat to support its position that work-for-welfare is the way to go...including Barack Obama and Joe Biden:

So what we have here is evidence of an increasingly desperate and angry campaign.  There's plenty of reason for Obama distress.  Their campaign stop audiences -- which are half-full despite the $50 price tag -- are dwarfed by Romney/Ryan audiences.  The youth vote, which has been one of Obama's stronghold demographics, is rapidly warming toward Romney/Ryan.  Voters think spending cuts are more important than deficit reduction, something Romney/Ryan is favoring.  Polls -- even the slanted ones -- are showing Obama losing more and more ground.  And then there's VP Joe Biden, who genuinely appears to be off his rocker.  In just the past few days, Biden claimed that we're living in the 20th century, cheering about being able to win North Carolina while campaigning in Virginia, and claiming that Romney wants to re-enslave black people.  When asked if they wanted to retract that claim, they said they had no problem with it.  Heck, even First Lady Michelle Obama has screwed up, chastising Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas for eating a McDonald's Egg McMuffin after the games were over!  Really??

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Democrats are campaigning on fear rather than ideas because that's all they've got.  They're out of touch with normal Americans, their record is abysmal by any standard, and they've been running the country in opposition to the American people on just about every critical issue for the past three years.  Even now, Obama is lining up illegal immigrants to become legal so they can vote for him...never mind that a clear majority of Americans would rather have border security than amnesty.  And Americans still want Obamacare repealed by almost 2:1.  He's getting increasingly plain about his Marxist/socialist desires that anyone paying a modicum of attention is starting to get uneasy.

This is turning out to be one of the dirtiest campaigns in modern history, perpetrated by numerous Democrats in elected office and the media/Hollywood complex and without a single shred of real evidence.  

And it's only mid-August.  It'll get worse.  But it sure says something about Obama and his campaign, doesn't it?

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