Vice President Joe Biden played the race card this week when he drawled Southern-style to a racially mixed audience that if Mitt Romney takes the White House, he'll "unchain Wall Street. They're going to put y'all back in chains."
Last week, a super PAC run by a former aide to President Obama released an ad in which a former steelworker all but fingered Romney for causing his 55-year-old wife's cancer death in 2006 because Bain Capital shuttered the plant where he worked in 2001. The week before, White House aides stood back as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, without providing any proof whatsoever, charged that Romney didn't pay taxes for a decade.
The president's henchmen are running a dirty campaign. The worst part of it: These nasty antics are the best Obamaland has to offer.
Don't take my word for it. Heed the message delivered by Obama himself when he accepted the Democratic nomination for president in Denver in 2008: "If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things."
The president is in a pickle. He doesn't have a smart plan to rescue the economy. He has pretty much given up, until after the election, on working with Congress to pass legislation to keep Washington from running off the fiscal cliff on Jan. 1 -- when the Bush tax cuts expire and mandated spending cuts loom.
As CEOs decide to stall new equipment orders and plans to hire new workers, the administration essentially has cried uncle. The president blames "the other side" for not playing fair, and then somehow expects Americans to re-elect him so he can not get things done again.
Romney and his supporters know a thing or two about negative campaigning. A recent bogus campaign ad on Obama's welfare plan won four Pinocchios, the maximum, on Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler's scale.
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