As well he should. Independent fact-checkers have rendered multiple verdicts on the subjects of Bain, Romney and outsourcing, and Obama keeps lying, unfazed. As Chicago unleashes yet another negative ad premised on repeatedly discredited claims, Boston is firing back with a new spot of its own:
This isn't a bad offering, but I think it only grazes the critical point: Obama's ads aren't just relentlessly negative -- they're knowingly and stubbornly factually inaccurate. (David Brooks touches on this briefly during his portion of the ad). Team Obama has earned a conga line of 'Pinocchios' for "misleading, unfair and untrue" commercials based on "no evidence." They've doubled and tripled down on their dishonesty, yet Democrats have the gall to demand that Romney quit "whining" about being baselessly slandered as either a felon or a liar:
"No, we won't be apologizing," Obama said in an interview with a Virginia television station WAVY. "Mr. Romney claims that he's Mr. Fix-it for the economy because of his business experience. And so I think voters entirely legitimately want to know, well what exactly was that business experience?" Obama said. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Obama's former chief of staff, was more succinct. "Stop whining," Emmanuel said on ABC's "This Week" program. "If you want to claim Bain Capital as your calling card to the White House, then defend what happened at Bain Capital."
No one is arguing that Romney's record at Bain is off limits. Indeed, Bill Clinton has lauded Romney for his "sterling" private sector career. What the Obama campaign is trying to do is cherry pick a few Bain flops that occurred after Romney left and attribute them to him. That does not provide voters with any idea of what the Republican's business experience entails. It provides them with false information that distorts Romney's record. Yes, Romney should "defend what happened at Bain Capital" -- when he ran it. Obama's attacks make no such distinctions, leading to the poor reviews from fact-checkers. Also, I seem to recall Democrats whining endlessly when John Kerry's military colleagues truthfully called out their former compadre for his record and slanderous attacks on US troops. The Left even turned it into a pejorative verb: "Swiftboating," a campaign of which CNN now suggests Obama is mounting against Romney:
FOREMAN: The White House clearly wants to portray Mitt Romney's time at the helm of Bain Capital as a weak spot. In ad after ad, Democrats are suggesting Romney is a fat cat job outsourcer, an opportunistic financial predator, and a leader's out of touch with the working class. Never mind that many of those claims appear to be backed with little or no evidence.
In a report we highlighted on Friday, John King revealed that four separate sources at Bain -- including three Democrats -- have confirmed what Romney has said (and what all the fact-checkers have found):
This comes in addition to the taxpayer-funded inquiry into this exact subject that Massachusetts Democrats convened in 2002. That commission's conclusion? Romney left Bain in February 1999, just like he's asserted for more than a decade:
The Obama campaign is blowing smoke here.We realize that Bauer gets to the word “criminal” by mentioning “investigation,” but that distinction might be lost on most listeners. Meanwhile, the weight of evidence suggests that Romney did in fact end active management of Bain in 1999. He stated that in a federal disclosure form he signed, under threat of criminal penalties. He said he was a “former employee” in a state disclosure form. A state commission concluded 10 years ago that he did, indeed, leave Bain in 1999.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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