Video: Obama campaign now pretending it didn’t know details of steelworker’s story — after featuring him in two ads

posted at 4:12 pm on August 8, 2012 by Allahpundit

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.”


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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.

 

At least be decent enough to quote in context, the full quote and a link so everyone could follow up.
 
Oh wait! It’s rogerb. Pardon my very misplaced expectation of decency.
 
lester on July 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM

 
(Just saw this one today and it was too funny to not use here. Why you’d want to draw attention to a post showing what looks to be an almost comprehensive misunderstanding about investing is unknown, but don’t say I never gave you anything.)

rogerb on August 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Nasty piece of work this woman is – Axelrod trains them well.

JFS61 on August 8, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Late the to the discussions and there are too many for me to catch up but I have a question. Is this Cutter person part of the Obama campaign or is she on staff to Mooshell?
Because there is a difference from whence she draws her paycheck.
If she is on WH Staff she is government, but if she is on re-election staff she is suppose to be paid by the committee. I recall this was something that got Nixon wrapped around the axle in his day. Like folks working on the Committee to Reelect versus the WH Staff.
Oh and remember my observations from years ago when I worked a bit in radio & TV. The TV talkingheads are for the most part a pretty ignorant bunch. Outside their environs they offer no worldly knowledge and display little or no curosity. Not unlike President Present.

Missilengr on August 8, 2012 at 8:49 PM

“I don’t know the facts…”

–Democrat Talking Point

That’s all you need to know, folks.

Grace_is_sufficient on August 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM

At this point, the 0baminables would have had presumptive nominee Gingrich convicted of killing his own wife (very much alive still), presumptive nominee Perry convicted of personally crushing n*****s’ heads under large rocks on pay-per-view cable, presumptive nominee Samtorum convicted of installing iron maidens on his female aides to prevent abortions, and presumptive nominee Cain convicted of imprisoning his entire female human-resources staff under his desk.

Romney is the cleanest candidate of all, and still we have this….

cane_loader on August 8, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Wonderful job Steph! Bravo..

Uppereastside on August 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Nothing but ill-bred, dirt-common, gutter trash.

Upperyeastinfection’s mama must be so proud of it.

Solaratov on August 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

YELL THE LIE! (whisper the retraction)

profitsbeard on August 9, 2012 at 12:25 AM

It’s not enough for them to retract, dodge or apologize. They need to be beaten over the head for this outrage right up until November 4th, the lying, disgusting, pieces of garbage.

As the saying goes, a fish rots from the head down. Make no mistake about it. The stench coming off of the Obama campaign originates right from the Oval Office.

claudius on August 9, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Meet the real workers Obama screwed over

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/08/08/meet-the-real-workers-obama-screwed-over/

redguy on August 9, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Romney is the cleanest candidate of all, and still we have this….

cane_loader on August 8, 2012 at 9:57 PM

yep, beyond surreal…

jimver on August 9, 2012 at 3:35 AM

Upperyeastinfection’s mama must be so proud of it.

Solaratov on August 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

more plausible, she probably disowned it long time ago…

jimver on August 9, 2012 at 3:37 AM

This must be “chicks doing badly” day.

John the Libertarian on August 9, 2012 at 4:34 AM

Perhaps she personally knows at least two Joe Soptics.

FineasFinn on August 9, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Desperation by The One’s team is at its peak already. They know they are going to lose to Romney because they cannot run on the failures of this administration. They have to come up with something, anything, to bring down Romney. We, the people, are on to their sordid little lies and will have none of it.

Cherokee on August 9, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Soptic is the new Cindy Sheehan, dancing on his dead wife’s grave.

petefrt on August 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Meet the real workers Obama screwed over

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/08/08/meet-the-real-workers-obama-screwed-over/

redguy on August 9, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Romney needs to add MM to his campaign staff. Soon, too. The last few weeks are beginning to feel like McCain all over again.

petefrt on August 9, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Anyone else notice Alyson on Fox and Friends this morning kept trying to argue that Obama’s campaign woman just didn’t ask the right questions of Soptic? They knew good and well that his story was BS and that the timeline was messed up. Brian should have gagged her.

TXMomof3 on August 9, 2012 at 8:55 AM

If you listen closely to the Stephanie Cutter phone conference from May, you know she knows all about this guy.

PLUS, you know that the wife dies of lung cancer. I knew when they would not say what the woman’s cancer was that is was not breast cancer or ovarian cancer because you cannot play violins for LUNG cancer they leave it out. Smokers are guilty. Except when it’s Mitt Romney’s fault.

Fleuries on August 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Fleuries on August 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Yeah, the anti-smoking libs don’t care much for smokers dying from lung cancer except when they think they can bash a conservative with it. I hate to say it, I’m not a smoker and never have been, but I kind of look at a smoker who gets lung cancer differently.

TXMomof3 on August 9, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinkin’ to high Heaven!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UejelYnVI3U&feature=related

claudius on August 9, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Dick Morris has the correct antidote to this crap from Obama: put Ann Romney in a 30-second ad rebutting Mitt’s purported “indifference” to breast cancer (which Mrs Romney had cancer) and women’s health issues — and then turn focus to Bain’s many successes.

matthew8787 on August 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

cross posted in Dirty Harry Thread

I only ask you to WATCH (don’t even have to listen) to 10 secs of each ad, keeping an eye on Joe Soptic.

The Democrat PAC Ad

The Obama Ad

Notice anything that is the same in BOTH ads – even though of course we believe Obama’s claim that his campaign didn’t coordinate with the PAC and in fact didn’t even know anything about the PAC ad

Hint: Joe needs new shirts.

katablog.com on August 9, 2012 at 10:49 PM

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