President Obama targeted Mitt Romney in an advertisement that highlights laid-off workers from a steel company in Kansas City. The problem is that Mitt Romney was out of Bain Capital for a full two years before the lay-offs happened. Interestingly, there is no "blame" to the managing Director who was there at the time, Jonathan Lavine (a strong Obama supporter, who has raised $100,000 for the president). One would naturally assume that if there was any blame to go around for the layoffs ten years ago, it would be assigned to people who actually worked at the company at the time of the event.
The stretch in the truth implies that there is very little dirt on Mitt Romney to attack. After all, the President has many resources to find the dirt, should it exist. According to the LA Times, "A recent $25-million wave of positive Obama ads in battleground states was only an opening round." With all of his resources, Obama can't do better than this?
Perhaps calling the advertisement a downright lie is not correct, because maybe Obama was saying that Mitt Romney, while not employed for two years at Bain Capital when this steel company went under, was still a part of the industry that the advertisement likened to as "Vampires." Maybe?
No, that cannot be it, because as pointed out by RealClearPolitics, "On the very day that the ad was released, President Obama attended a fund-raiser in New York City hosted by a senior executive at the Blackstone Group, a leading private equity firm and frequent co-investor with Bain Capital on turn-around projects." So, Obama is not against Bain Capital, just Mitt Romney.
Can't go after Romney? Attack his Donors!
It seems as though camp Obama really doesn't have much to say, there is not much on Romney, and Obama knows better than to talk about his own record... so what can he do? Oh, he can attack Romney's donors, in another outrageous attempt to portray not only Romney, but his supporters, as the evil 1 percent and lawless to boot!
Obama for America's website, "KeepingGOPHonest," states, "A closer look at Romney's donors reveals a group of wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records. Quite a few have been on the wrong side of the law, others have made profits at the expense of many Americans, and still others are donating to help ensure Romney puts beneficial policies in place for them."
Question, if "quite a few [of Mitt Romney's donors] have been on the wrong side of the law," perhaps the President should have the DOJ look into that? Why are they not in jail?
As stated in the Wall Street Journal, "Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats." Americans should feel very uncomfortable with this strategy, whether they support Obama or not.
The bottom line is that Obama has a gazillion dollars; if there was dirt on Romney, he would find it. Instead, he must resort to making the same old tired statements about Mitt being "out of touch," in "bed with the 1 percent," a part of evil capitalism, etc. As aptly stated in the RealClearPolitics piece, "Obama handlers must do everything they can to make people imagine that President Romney's stewardship of the economy would be worse, an assault on the interests and values of "average" Americans.
Watch the Obama attack ad here: