Truth is the victim
Campaign ads from Mitt Romney and Scott Brown have fallen below even our diminished expectations as Election Day approaches. Fabrications and outright lies have replaced straight talk in a way I cannot recall after years of being a campaign junkie.
Let's start with Our Man Myth, who has long hard a hard time sticking to a set of core beliefs, is at his best (or worse) on the subject of the auto industry bailout. An original supporter of letting the industry fail, Romney has wavered back and forth along the truth line as he has scraped for votes in Ohio, which appears to hold the key to next Tuesday's election.
Not content to obfuscate his position, Romney has moved on to rumor-mongering and outright lies, implying with a straight face that Chrysler intends to pack up jobs and move its Jeep operations to China.
He one-upped it with a commercial stunning in its lies and cynicism:
“Barack Obama says he saved the auto industry, but for who, Ohio or China?”The lie was so enormous that executives of the industry in which Romney grew up called him out:
“The ad is cynical campaign politics at its worst,” Greg Martin, a spokesman for General Motors, said in an interview late Tuesday. “We think creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back in this country should be a source of bipartisan pride.”But that has become standard operating procedure for a party and a candidate that has shunned the "reality-based community," and that proudly proclaimed "we're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."
The campaign of fellow GOP-er Brown hasn't been much better. Senator Barncoat has been on the air with as commercial in which supporters proclaim his women's rights cred because of his support for choice and equal pay.
All it takes is a simple search to discover Brown supported the Blunt Amendment to overturn established practice deny women birth control services through employee health care. Or that he actually voted with fellow Republicans to block paycheck fairness legislation while claiming he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Act that, conveniently, was passed before he was elected.
The onslaught of lies, coupled with the billions washing through the political system, have produced incredible cynicism and corruption. The consequences of this perversion of our system is far greater than the election of a pair of liars.