On just about every level, this ad is misleading, unfair and untrue, from the use of ‘corporate raider’ to its examples of alleged outsourcing. Simply repeating the same debunked claims won’t make them any more correct.
But maybe we spoke too soon.
See, although Glenn Kessler’s strong criticism of Obama’s “corporate Raider” ad was somewhat unexpected, the fact this is the the second day in a row that the newspaper has taken on, dismantled, and left for dead the talking points of Team Obama is even more surprising.
This time, the usually left-leaning newspaper goes after White House senior adviser David Plouffe.
“There was an amazing article the other day, I believe it was in the Wall Street Journal, where Republicans in Congress openly were saying, ‘we’re not going to do anything until the election on the economy, because we want to help Mitt Romney,’” Plouffe said during an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
Watch Plouffe explain how the Republicans are ruining everything at the 04:47 mark:
“With an economy that needs help right now, with the middle class that’s struggling, it’s an amazing thing,” he added. “For all of this talk about government, for every private-sector job created in Massachusetts by Governor Romney, six public sector jobs.”
The biggest problem with Plouffe’s claim is that neither the WaPo’s Josh Hicks nor The Blaze could find any article from the Wall Street Journal where Republicans are quoted as saying they’re purposely sabotaging the economy. The closest thing you can get, as Hicks notes, is an article titled “Republicans See Advantages in Go-Slow Approach on Bills” with the subhead “GOP Lawmakers Banking on Election Gains; Democrats also resist compromise.”
“Right away, this suggests the article is not what the White House adviser implied. Sure enough, the piece says Republicans are ‘bullish about Mr. Romney winning and the GOP making gains in the Senate,’ and that “they are wary of cutting deals that would curb the options of more conservative leadership that could be in place next year,” Hick writes.
“In other words, GOP lawmakers don’t see much sense in making deals with Democrats when they might have a lot more power after the election,” he adds. “The article says nothing about Republicans trying to sabotage the Obama administration with inaction on the economy in order to help Romney’s prospects.”
Regarding Plouffe's obviously false claim, Team Obama issued the following statement:
Instead of taking action on the economy and passing the President’s American Jobs Act now, congressional Republicans continue to drag their feet and play politics, though their own candidate Romney has no plan on jobs.
Just like David Plouffe said, we have an economy that needs help right now, with a middle class that’s struggling. Republicans should set the politics aside and do what’s in the best interest of the country.
How does Hicks size up the entire situation?
“Plouffe referred to an ‘amazing article’ that supposedly proved that Republicans have talked openly about improving Romney’s chances in the election by doing nothing on the economy. But the article actually explained that GOP lawmakers prefer to postpone any deal making until after the election because they’re feeling bullish about their chances,” Hicks writes.
“That is no different than what Democrats have done in the past,” he adds.
Therefore, for the second time in two days, the Obama campaign has earned itself a big, fat dunce cap in the form of four Pinocchios.