Barack Obama’s reputation as a cool, calm, and collected intellectual who is above the fray of dirty politics may have sprung a huge leak as the 2012 election campaign nears the brutal “dog days” of summer.
Going in, everyone knew that the election would be bitterly contested, a no- holds barred, hand-to-hand war between two very different ideologies and views.
However, whom would have imagined that the level of slime would get so out of control so early?
Team Obama started the week of sewer politics with an attack that left voters pondering the question: Is Mitt Romney a felon, liar, or both?
As reported at the reference, Team Obama went after Romney with spikes high and clenched fists targeted below the belt:
Mitt Romney either lied in federal filings that show he worked at Bain Capital through 2002 and could be guilty of a felony, or has lied to the American people in saying he left the company in 1999, the Obama campaign is arguing in light of news reports on the firm’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“This is serious business,” said Bob Bauer, the Obama campaign’s counsel, in a conference call for reporters coming after the Boston Globe published a story Thursday that calls into question the timeline of Romney’s involvement of the firm that the Republican candidate has been promulgating for years.
Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter laid out the issue as the Obama team sees it: “Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony.”
“Or,” she said, “he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments,” including layoffs and the outsourcing of jobs."From the Romney corner, as reported at Ref 2:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney did a hastily arranged series of interviews on national television Friday in an attempt to stem the political damage from a week-long barrage of attacks from President Obama and his reelection campaign suggesting he has lied to the American public about when he left the helm of Bain Capital.
In interviews with five television networks, Romney called the attacks undignified and demanded an apology from Obama.Perhaps Obama should turn the entire matter over to his in-contempt-of Congress Attorney General, Eric Holder, for a fair and balanced investigation?
“I think this kind of statement from the Obama team is really shocking. It’s ridiculous and it’s beneath the dignity of the presidency,” he told CBS News. “… But what [Obama] wants to do is try and divert any attention from his lack of success, and frankly, it’s beneath the dignity of his office. He ought to apologize for what he’s doing.”
Meanwhile, the US economy slithers closer to a second recession, Muslim Brotherhood fanatics take over Egypt and perhaps Libya, massacre becomes the national pastime in Syria, and America pursues a relentless march toward the tax Armageddon due to hit on 1/1/2013.
And the beat goes on…..