Via Politico. Remember, thanks to the lame legal fictions of campaign finance law, the Obama campaign is forced to pretend that the Obama Super PAC responsible for yesterday’s smear heard ’round the world is entirely independent of it rather than a wholly owned subsidiary. What you’re about to see is the absurdity of that fiction taken to its logical conclusion. So eager is lifelike talking-points robot Stephanie Cutter to keep the campaign’s fingerprints off the cheap lies in the PAC ad that she claims at 4:00 below not to know the facts about when Soptic’s wife got sick or when she died. Minor problem: The campaign itself featured Soptic in not one but two ads several months ago and had him tell the story of his wife’s death after he lost his insurance during a conference call with — ta da — Stephanie Cutter. You’ll find the audio of that below too; look out for Cutter’s cameo at the very end. Granted, Soptic didn’t give precise dates on the call about when his wife got sick and passed away, but that’s no defense for Team O. Some campaign researcher must have gone over the detailed timeline of his story with him at some point; if they went ahead and put him on a call with Cutter anyway, it’s only because they were so eager to push this smear that they downplayed the long interim between his layoff and his wife’s death in hopes that the media wouldn’t ask questions.

Hopefully, a smart Congress and willing president will do away with the phony wall between campaigns and Super PACs in the near future. Talking-points robots deserve a little dignity too, my friends. Exit quotation lie via Obama campaign spokesman Jen Psaki: “[W]e don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family.”