WASHINGTON -- It should be clear by now that Barack Obama is running his shaky presidential campaign in 3-D: dishonesty, deception and distraction.
It is an age-old re-election strategy that tries to get the voters focused on tangential matters that are irrelevant to the larger issues that still plague our country -- like severe unemployment that has turned the lives of tens of millions of Americans into a desperate struggle for survival; weak economic growth that has shrunk middle class and small business incomes; and four straight years of trillion dollar budget deficits that now threaten America's solvency and future prosperity.
Abraham Lincoln said, "You can fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
President Obama is hoping that he can fool just enough of the people into giving him another four-year term, even though he's failed to fulfill his 2008 campaign promises to put the country back to work, boost middle class incomes and cut the deficit in half in his first term.
Instead, he is running a duplicitous, negative campaign against Mitt Romney, while ignoring all of the problems he has failed to fix and that still plague our country.
Let's start with dishonesty and deception. Obama is running vicious ads attacking Romney, charging that his investment firm, Bain Capital, made business deals that went sour and outsourced jobs around the world. Several respected fact checking groups and newspaper journalists have found these allegations to be false.
"The Obama campaign failed to make its case. On just about every level, this ad is misleading, unfair and untrue, from the use of 'corporate raider' to its examples of alleged outsourcing. Simply repeating the same debunked claims won't make them any more correct," said Washington Post "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler. He awarded the Obama ad "Four Pinocchios," the worst score he can give to a false ad or claim.
Kessler returned to the Obama attack ad on Sunday in response to a warmed-over Boston Globe story that used documents he and other papers examined months ago. "[W]e did not see much new in the Globe article," he said.
His conclusion: "We are standing with our assessment that Romney essentially left Bain in 1999, as did our colleagues at FactCheck.org," a separate truth-finding web site also known for its integrity.