The last week brought reports on the first national Romney commercial of his Presidential campaign. In it, Romney quoted President Obama saying “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.” In fact, Obama was quoting a McCain aide who used this line. Those were McCain’s, not Obama’s words. Attributing McCain’s words to Obama is more than beyond deceitful. It’s aggressive lying.
Tonight on PBS, David Brooks admitted that the lie was intentional. The Romney campaign intentionally did a bait and switch on the McCain quote to cause an uproar from Democrats and the Administration so Romney could appear tough on Democrats and unafraid of taking on Obama to conservative Republican primary voters.
So this is what we can expect for the 2012 campaign. The 2008 contest focused on personality, out-of-context quotes and events and name-calling. Next year will be worse.