It’s going to be a looooong and nasty campaign season. Here is Mitt Romney’s very first ad, now running in New Hampshire:
19 seconds into the ad you hear Obama saying, “If we keep talking about the economy we will lose.”
So you’d think this Romney ad is using Obama’s words against him, right? But the clip is Obama quoting someone else. In the 2008 campaign Obama’s opponent John McCain said that, and Obama used McCain’s words against him. Romney’s ad quotes Obama, making it sound like Obama was the one who said it!!!
If the Romney campaign starts with a flat-out, bald-faced, “pants-on-fire” lie, where will it go next?
And the election is a year away.
Update: To illustrate the point, Think Progress uses “Romney’s own words,” the same way Romney used Obama’s: