Thursday, August 09, 2012

Who's Surprised? Not Me.

"If [then-Obama communications director] Robert Gibbs started running a [independent political expenditure group] and I called Robert Gibbs and said, 'Stop running ads on my behalf,' are you suggesting I would have no influence over Robert Gibbs?"
-- Then Sen. Barack Obama, as quoted by Politico, in West Des Moines, Iowa in December of 2007 attacking opponent John Edwards for negative ads being run by an outside group run by a former Edwards aide.

President Obama is now starting to pay the price for his intensely negative, very personal campaign against soon-to-be Republican nominee Mitt Romney.  link
So, is he going to disavow that "Romney killed the guy's wife" ad that has been so thoroughly discredited?  I doubt it.
Now, Obama finds himself with his campaign having been caught feigning ignorance about an unsavory ad produced by an organization he supports. For a sitting president whose pitch is so tied to reforming politics that he forgot to take a lamentation of "super PACs" out of his stump speech amid the controversy on Wednesday, this is not a good situation.
Update:  Now they admit everything but still try to blame Romney somehow.  They get maximum points for being brazen.
One day after claiming the Obama campaign had no knowledge of the story of the man included in a  pro-Obama super PAC ad,  spokeswoman Jen Psaki admitted the campaign had worked with him before...

“The Obama campaign acknowledged today that it ran a television ad and hosted a conference call that promoted the same despicable attack that was used in a discredited ad run by President Obama’s Super PAC,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said. “The Obama campaign has now admitted that it lied to the media and the American people in a disgraceful attempt to conceal their connection to this shameful smear. Americans deserve better – they deserve a president who’s willing to run an honest campaign and be honest about his own record.”

1 comment:

Ellen K said...

It was highly amusing to watch Debbie Wasserman Poodle Schultz deny she knew the political preferences for the PAC that put out the ad even though the main character was wearing the same shirt in another ad for the Obama campaign! This lie along with the droning repetitive lie that Ryan's bill would kill grandma's medicare is part and parcel of why even if Bozo was running for president, I would vote for him over Obama.