CNN: Wife of steelworker in new Obama Super PAC ad still had job and health insurance after he lost his

posted at 9:20 pm on August 7, 2012 by Allahpundit

I wonder if Bill Burton and crew knew about this and greenlit the smear anyway or if they didn’t care enough to even find out. Why would they? The point of calling Romney a murderer is to keep him on the defensive; the more ridiculous the charge is, the more media/online oxygen it sucks up and the less air there is for Mitt’s own attacks on O to breathe. They tried a straightforward offensive against Romney’s complex private equity record a few months ago but the results were inconclusive. Now they’re trying again with a bolder, simpler narrative: Romney’s layoffs literally killed people. If you’re a low-information voter who pays attention to this stuff in bits and pieces, a story you’re half-listening to about a rich guy and a steelworker and a plant closing and a young wife tragically dying from cancer sounds really bad, even if it’s a gross smear. In fact, the grosser the smear, the more compelling the half-listened-to story seems. Right, Harry?

Question: Knowing what we know now about the timeline of all this, what’s left of the accusation in the original smear ad? What is it, precisely, that Bain is being faulted for doing or not doing? They shouldn’t have closed down the plant because … it was unfair to expect the workers who were laid off to ever find new jobs with insurance? It was negligent not to predict that some workers’ wives might get laid off too and wouldn’t find a new job for years before they became ill? There appears to be no actual policy or business critique here. It’s just a string of events spread over five whole years, with certain key data omitted, and you’re supposed to infer causation without really being told why or how. This is what the Unicorn Prince has come to after promising four years ago to heal America or whatever. Perfect.

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This guy has absolutely no self-respect… How pathetic…

Pest on August 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Good analysis by Mr. Pundit.

I think it’s the “I can see Russia from my house” attack. Sarah Palin never said this, but most thought it was true as the SNL skit was widely viewed. Obama isn’t trying to win with substance. He’s just making stuff up and trying to dictate the debate. Romney appears extremely flat-footed…he’s going to have to take the gloves off. His adds and those adds supporting him are so weak at this point…imo.

FreeManOtis on August 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

As a Registered Nurse let me add an alternative to what happened to this guy and why he is saying what he is.

A smoker (I am assuming) who starts to notice lung problems does NOT always run to the doctor. They are afraid or also feel guilty about their own smoking and they don’t always seek medical attention. The giveaway to me is that the guy thought his wife “might” have hid it from him. Chances are (again this is speculation based on real cases) a stage 4 cancer victim who died in 14 days would not be asymptomatic up to this stage of cancer. She denied any lung symptoms she was having.

What does that mean?

It means this guy is reconciling the fact his wife didn’t seek treatment till it was too late and placing the blame on his wife or himself for not paying for a simple doctor’s visit is not something he can take. It called denial and we all see it all the time. It’s easier to blame the fact that Romney fired the guy and his wife would be alive due to medical coverage somehow finding this early because under those conditions his wife wouldn’t have “hid” her cancer.

This guy will regret this if he doesn’t already the dose of reality he is going to get by making his theory of wife’s death public political ammunition because people could have been polite and let him think what he wants till now. Bill Burton is a scumbag for using this guy and his situation for political gain.

Conan on August 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Why let a few facts get in the way of a good story. Kudos to CNN for actually reporting the truth.

HoosierStateofMind on August 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

This is new levels of low.

Esthier on August 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM

This is new levels of low.


And you expected what from the demonrats?

johnny reb on August 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

The logic one has to employ for the original ad to make any sense is just twisted.
But I guess it comes from the same folks that call the theft of future generations’ success to be “Stimulus”, the ruination of the health insurance industry to be “Reform”, and hiding every aspect of every decision made regarding issues great and trivial for Prince RainbowUnicorn dating back to before he was born as “Transparency and openness”.

smfic on August 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

And you expected what from the demonrats?

johnny reb on August 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I expect nothing and am never disappointed.

It’s my people and our media that may disappoint me yeas later when we look back at this.

Esthier on August 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

It’s easier to blame the fact that Romney fired the guy and his wife would be alive due to medical coverage somehow finding this early because under those conditions his wife wouldn’t have “hid” her cancer.

Conan on August 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Your theory has some holes in. The douchebag says he lost his job and that a little after that his wife got sick and was gone in 22 days. His wife got sick five years after the plant closed.

More importantly Mitt Romney was already gone from Bain when that plant was closed. Mitt Romney really doesn’t understand what he “did” because he wasn’t involved in any of it.

Happy Nomad on August 8, 2012 at 12:45 PM

So he’s sooo sad about his wife dying that he’d lie about it to smear a politician? Yeah that’s how everyone mourns the loss of a spouse, right? Pathetic.

Scrappy on August 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Lol. So CNN is now trying to capture some of the tea party viewership from “we distort you’re deceived”. Wonderful ad by the way.

Uppereastside on August 7, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Awww, whadda matter, dumbazz, it hurts, eh, when even the laptog liberal media points to the pathological liars that you, leftists are….

jimver on August 8, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Barack Obama killed Brian Terry.

Using ReidTard’s logic:

It is not incumbent on me to prove anything. If Obama didn’t, then all he has to do is to release all of the F&F documents.

Resist We Much on August 8, 2012 at 5:53 PM

‘You lie’. Wow, what a sure thing.
They always are.
And post-turtle and the firm crying baby had Joe Wilson — apologize?

Turn these folks out, be gone.

Who (owl) are these folks that believe this drivel?
That, to me, is the most striking thing, that there are people
that actually do.

Okay, that’s my spare change, now I’ll go read all of the all of the…

Sad that I dearnt’ know how to ‘format’ as I might

…get off my lawn. What a great movie.

didn’t mention fishing, dangling participles, nor pohsiB.

mickytx on August 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM