By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner
As the old saying goes, ‘desperate people do desperate things,’ which now must be the mantra at Obama campaign central in Chicago, in light of the truly pitiful attack ad released in battleground states today by the lone pro-Obama Super PAC.
The Priorities USA ad focuses on the story of Joe Soptic, a former GST Steel worker who lost his job when the firm declared bankruptcy in 2001, according to a FOXNews article today.
It is uncertain at this time how Team Obama convinced Mr. Soptic to ‘star’ in this utterly fraudulent piece of distraction, other than the obvious fact he was a steel workers union member.
The table is set by Soptic saying, ‘when “Mitt Romney and Bain” closed the plant, his family lost their health care. Then, the ‘time warp’ begins…
A short time after that, my wife became ill.
There was nothing they could do for her, and she passed away in 22 days.
I do not think Mitt Romney realizes what he’s done to anyone.
The ad made Liberal use of ‘literary license,’ by condensing an actual seven year time sequence of events into what it wants to appear as just a month or two–obviously hoping that it would go unnoticed, when portrayed by a completely somber Soptic, as the 60 second, $20 million ad campaign blankets TV screens in Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Unfortunately for the Obama camp, the gravitas of this new attack ad was condemned, 24 hours before its release, by the Washington Post’s ‘AdWatch’ fact-checking arm–largely a Liberal leaning organization generally supportive of the president’s narratives, according to an Associated Press article yesterday.
Soptic’s conclusion that Romney bears some blame in his wife’s death is not backed up factually in the ad. She died in 2006, five years after the plant closed, a fact the ad doesn’t disclose.
The FOXNews article also revealed that Soptic’s wife had health insurance for some time after the plant closed, through her own employer–meaning Soptic’s layoff did not strip the family of coverage. And, the article also cited a Kansas City Star article, corroborating Mrs. Soptic’s death in 2006–just as Romney was finishing his term as Massachusetts governor.
Why would Team Obama stoop so low?
First, because a new Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll [of “Likely Voters”] shows Romney leading Obama by double-digits among–white working-class voters, who are considered critical in the November election–in the equally critical battleground states of Colorado, Wisconsin and Virginia.
More important is the fact that for the third month in a row, Team Romney’s $101 million fundraising haul in July, left Team Obama bringing up the rear at just $75 million, according to Oliver Knox’ Yahoo News article yesterday.
As Team Obama probably spent more than it brought in again last month, the re-election campaign warned supporters in an email plea for cash on Monday that Mitt Romney’s vast fundraising edge means “we’re in trouble” with scarcely three months to go before Election Day.
“We got beat three months in a row,” the campaign said in the unsigned message. “If we don’t step it up, we’re in trouble.”
That could be the understatement of this entire election cycle, as Team Romney declared a cash balance of $186 million, with the Obama campaign moot, while pro-Romney Super PACs report a $22 million versus $3 million advantage over pro-Obama PACs.
So, it would clearly seem that Barack Obama is, literally, ‘going for broke.’