Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It’s Pathological

Last week the Romney campaign put out an ad that claimed President Obama wanted to remove work requirements from welfare reform. Not only was it a gross distortion of reality — gee, no surprise there — it got panned by every reputable fact check group out there, and even PolitiFact, which has a rotten reputation for weasling, called it “Pants on Fire.”

So what did they do? Take a wild guess.

Mitt Romney’s campaign continued to attack President Barack Obama over welfare reform with the release of a new ad on Monday, once again falsely stating that the president dropped work requirements from welfare.

The ad, titled “Long History,” is the second ad from the Romney campaign to claim that Obama has “gutted” welfare. The campaign’s previous ad on welfare, released just last week, was widely criticized as inaccurate and debunked by numerous fact checkers.

It’s not just a campaign strategy in hopes that the pigeons will fall for it; even when they’re called out on it they keep doing it.

No one expects a political campaign to be about the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, but come on; this is beyond strategy. It’s unreal.