The Story So Far: two days ago, the Obama administration – using the fig-leaf/cutout of Super PAC Priorities USA – accused Mitt Romney of being a murderer because a company that Romney used to own closed down a steel mill (several years after Romney left that company) and that meant that the wife of the husband who lost his job at that steel mill (one Joe Soptic) didn’t have any insurance after the wife left her job several years after the layoff and several years after all of that the wife was diagnosed with cancer and then died.Emphasis in original. This is an interesting theory and potentially good news. You see, I have a former employer who closed its operations in Minnesota a number of years ago, which caused me to lose my health insurance. My wife had insurance available from her employer, though. We all seem to be in good health lately, but if that changes I'm pretty sure I can find some way to blame Mitt Romney for it and the Obama campaign would probably put me on television, too.
The funny part is when the Obama campaign denies knowing anything about the falsity of the ads its sock puppets are running, even Politico is calling them out on it:
When President Obama’s aides said they weren’t familiar with former Missouri steelworker Joe Soptic’s life story, all they had to do was check their own campaign archives.How would they know? Well,
Soptic, laid off from Bain Capital-owned GST Steel, stars in a Priorities USA Action spot this week in which he tells of how his wife died without health insurance after he lost his job. Soptic also appeared, wearing what appears to be an identical shirt, in a May television ad for the Obama campaign.
Asked about the Priorities spot on MSNBC Wednesday morning, Robert Gibbs said he doesn’t “know the specifics” while Stephanie Cutter said on CNN: “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.”
And Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One that “we don't' have any knowledge of the story of the family,” according to Yahoo! News.
But Cutter hosted an Obama campaign conference call in May in which Soptic told reporters the very story featured in the Priorities spot.
"We" don't know anything about the manure we package up and put on the airwaves. No, we're a bunch of Sergeant Schultzes around here.
This sort of thing is not new, of course. Remember this charming message from the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign?
Mitt Romney gives people cancer. Tom Emmer causes drunk driving. My goodness, the Republicans are a bunch of rat bastards.
So what do we conclude from this? Two things, I think. First, the Obama campaign is a lot more desperate than they care to admit. And more importantly, if you ever hear someone complaining about Willie Horton or "Swiftboating" again, feel free to laugh in their face.