Thursday, August 30, 2012
"We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."
On July 31, I wrote on this Blog: If there’s one thing we have learned about Mitt Romney over the last year, it is that he does not let facts get in his way.
While defending the campaign's patently false ads that claim the Obama administration removed work requirements from welfare, a Romney pollster, Neil Newhouse, boldly and unashamedly told a reporter this past week: "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."
Doubling down on that statement, last night during prime time we heard Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, at the Republican Convention level one falsehood after another against the President, while neglecting to give a single idea for how to put people back to work.
Ryan lied about Medicare. He lied about the Recovery Act. He lied about the deficit and debt. He even unfairly and deceitfully attacked President Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin – a plant that closed under George W. Bush in December 2008.
Ryan disingenuously criticize and accused the president of not supporting the Simpson-Bowels Deficit Commission report, while conveniently failing to mention that he, Ryan, had in fact voted against it.
He also reiterating a number of false attack ads that accuse President Obama of funneling $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare, while failing to mention that his own budget plan relies on those very same savings to help finance more tax cuts for the filthy rich.
Ryan dishonestly told the GOP delegates that President Obama was solely responsible for the Standard & Poor's downgrade of the U.S. debt. Of course, he failed to mention that the S&P downgrade was actually caused by the debt ceiling standoff, driven by House Republicans, led by no other than – Paul Ryan. In fact, in explaining the downgrade S&P wrote: “We have changed our assumption [on the debt] because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues.”
Yes, it seems that the Romney campaign has calculated that facts are irrelevant and even blatant lies will not hurt them with voters.