Boston Globe headline this morning: "Deceptive campaign ads hint at year of mudslinging." Regular television viewers in the Globe's market could be forgiven the assumption that they were about to read about the ongoing saturation smear campaign by the League of Conservation voters against Senator Scott Brown. But no. This is the Globe, sillies. The LCV's unprecedented multi-million dollar out-year pummeling of our incumbent Senator, featuring a barn coat clad actor tooling around DC in a smog-belching pick up truck, casually tossing litter out the windows, smearing oily hand prints across the face of our pristine Capitol city - those ads raised nary a hackle at the Globe. It is the comparatively gentle Romney ad - his first of the cycle - that naturally has our local adjunct of the DNC's communications shop all in a dither:
Romney’s ad, his first of the campaign, shows a clip of Obama saying, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’’ What the ad fails to mention is that the clip is from Obama in 2008, quoting an aide to his GOP rival, John McCain.Here's the ad:
“The fact that you could completely undercut somebody’s meaning in order to serve your own ends is, frankly, in my mind, borderline criminality,’’ Totten said. “The problem is there is no one there to be the official referee. There is no umpire in the game.’’
Pretty much the whole left of center world agrees the ad is "deceptive." Google "Romney ad" and "deceptive" and you'll get just north of 8,000 hits.Why? Well, because in 2008 when candidate Obama said "If we keep talking about the economy, we're gonna lose," he was quoting John McCain!!!