Mitt Romney’s very first 2012 campaign TV ad is, according to Politifact, a flat out pants-on-fire lie.
There is a perverse line of deceit leading from Geoge Bush’s 2000 primary campaign, through McCain’s 2008 primary campaign to Romney’s current primary campaign.
McCain’s loss to George Bush in 2000 was largely due to a smear campaign (Rove?) in South Carolina which claimed McCain had fathered an illigitimate black child. Ironically, in 2008, McCain hired one of the same political operatives responsible for this smear.
On the eve of the 2008 Florida primary, John McCain claimed that Mitt Romney had advocated a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. McCain was distorting Romney’s words from an ABC News interview. Governor Romney was asked whether he agreed with President Bush’s veto of congressional legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal, and whether Romney as President would veto similar legislation. Romney’s reply had been “Of course”. No ambiguity there. Florida, with help from McCain’s deceitful tactics, was the turning point leading to Romney’s loss in 2008.
Now Mitt Romney is using the same tactics against Obama. From an ethical perspective, Romney learned the wrong lesson from McCain who had learned the wrong lesson from George Bush’s handlers. Hopefully, this time, it is the wrong lesson politically as well.
- Iron Filing