Yesterday, a superPAC affiliated with the Obama campaign, PrioritiesUSA, released an ad accusing Mitt Romney of, ostensibly, killing a woman. Apparently, although Mitt Romney had never met the woman, had quit managing Bain Capital years before her husband’s plant was shuttered, maintained her own health insurance and then died of cancer, Mitt Romney is presumed to have murdered her in cold blood in her bed surrounded by puppies. Adorable, adorable puppies. Who also died. Because of Mitt Romney.
At any rate, the ad hasn’t been well received. In fact, most people thought it was basically bullsh*t, even CNN, who has no objection to putting nearly anything, including Wolf Blitzer, on the air. Team Obama has spent the last 24 hours distancing itself from Priorities USA and the ad, and the dude in it, who they have never, ever met in their entire life. I mean, seriously. This was totally a surprise. They had never even heard his name until yesterday. They are just as shocked as you are that someone would basically accuse Mitt Romney of manslaughter. How ridiculous of you to think so little of them!
Really. I mean, come on. It’s just an ad.
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.
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.
Actually, the right thing to do was probably condemn the ad. After all, those dastardly superPACs, which Zach Galifinakis has clearly labeled as the antithesis of freedom, are totally unrestricted and what exactly is the Obama administration supposed to do? Restrict PrioritiesUSA from being complete dicks with their money? The argument is legitimate. Instead, apparently, the Obama administration prefers to look like they have a collective case of short term memory loss., thus giving the right a foothold where none would have been had before. Only idiots may believe the ad, but giving the impression of a Chinese wall would keep the ad running for this all-important target demographic.
Instead, they’re just like, “wait, you thought we knew about this sh*t? You’re crazy. Oh, we did. Well then. Oops,” which is always an exceptional and professional manner in which to handle a campaign. But, whatever. They probably have bigger problems, evidenced by the fact that the campaign and the primary 2012 Dem SuperPAC is relying on one sketchy dude to accomplish all of their fear-mongering.