Not able to run on a stellar record, Obama has decided to descend into the mud:
1. Responsible for cancer death
According to an ad by a pro-Obama Super PAC, Priorities USA, Romney was responsible for the cancer death of a worker‚??s wife who lost his job following a Bain Capital restructuring of his employer. The Obama campaign refused to condemn the ad even though the worker‚??s wife died five years after the plant closed, she still had her own health insurance after her husband lost his job, and Romney was no longer at Bain when this all occurred.
2. ‚??Put y‚??all back in chains‚??
According to Joe Biden, Mitt Romney is seeking to reintroduce slavery to the nation. In remarks to an audience in Danville, Va., the gaffe-prone Biden let loose with a comment that had people questioning his mental capacity. ‚??Romney wants to let the‚??he said in the first 100 days, he‚??s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules,‚?Ě Biden sputtered. ‚??Unchain Wall Street. They‚??re going to put y‚??all back in chains.‚?Ě
3. Didn‚??t pay taxes for 10 years
According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ‚??the word is out‚?Ě that Romney didn‚??t pay any income taxes for ten years. Reid refused to name his source, saying, ‚??I don‚??t think the burden should be on me. The burden should be on him. He‚??s the one I‚??ve alleged has not paid any taxes.‚?Ě He even brought Romney‚??s dead father into his smear, saying, ‚??His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son.‚?Ě
4. Romney is a ‚??felon‚??
Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter told reporters in July that Romney likely committed a felony regarding his departure from Bain Capital. ‚??Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony,‚?Ě Cutter said. Considering Romney was running the 2002 Olympics during the time in question, what part of ‚??leave of absence‚?Ě does Cutter not understand?
5. High school bullying
The Washington Post reached back some 50 years to find examples of Romney being a bully in high school. The media went on a feeding frenzy, as if Romney was guilty of a crime against humanity. Headlines screamed, ‚??Why the Romney bullying story matters‚?Ě and ‚??Romney‚??s empathy problem.‚?Ě Had the media vetted certain 2008 presidential candidates with the same enthusiasm, we wouldn‚??t be in this mess today.
6. Death squads
The Huffington Post ran a story in early August that Romney founded Bain Capital in 1983 with money from Central American oligarchs who had bankrolled ‚??right-wing death squads.‚?Ě The left has been fantasizing about unsavory ties between Republicans and Latin America ‚??oligarchs‚?Ě ever since the Iran Contra affair.
7. Bain outsourcing
The day after the Obama campaign charged that Romney that he outsourced jobs while at Bain, the Washington Post came out with a breathless headline: ‚??Romney‚??s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas.‚?Ě The paper‚??s own fact-checker later walked back the accusation, as any Bain outsourcing came after Romney left the firm.
8. Ann‚??s horse
The media lapped up the revelation that Ann Romney owned a horse that earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic equestrian team as it fit nicely with the theme that Mitt Romney is an out-of-touch elitist. The DNC even used footage of Ann‚??s horse Rafalca prancing in an ad attacking Romney for ‚??dancing around‚?Ě the release of his tax records. It turned out that Mrs. Romney had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and horseback riding was therapeutic in easing her condition.
The media is starting to portray Romney‚??s Mormonism as plain weird. Of course to most of the mainstream media, any display of religious faith is alien. Never mind that the same group of editors and reporters didn‚??t find it newsworthy in 2008 that Barack Obama sat for decades in the pew of a church with an American-hating pastor.
Romney‚??s wealth fits right into Obama‚??s strategy of turning the race into a class-warfare campaign as he constantly attacks the rich. The Obama campaign is pushing hard for Romney to release his tax records, hoping in his maze of financial records there is something to spin, and is making wild claims about secret Cayman Island accounts. One thing we do know about Romney‚??s tax records: His charitable giving puts the Democratic ticket to shame.