Via Greg Sargent:
Last week, Mitt Romney told an Ohio rally that Chrysler was considering moving all its Jeep production to China — a false claim based on a faulty interpretation of a Bloomberg article that said no such thing. It was easy to assume the Romney camp had simply made a mistake (which would not necessarily have justified running with such an incendiary claim without checking the facts first).
Now, however, there is no longer any doubt about what’s happening: The Romney campaign is deliberately misleading people with the Jeep-to-China claim, in a last-ditch effort to turn things around in Ohio, which benefitted enormously from the auto bailout Romney opposed. The Romney campaign is running a new ad that claims:
Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.
They have absolutely no shame. In a profession that has made lying an art form, Mitt Romney and his Republican cohorts are the indisputable king of whoppers and sleaze. I can think of no politician who more deserves an electoral kick in the ass than Mitt Romney.
Kevin Drum‘s take on the Romney ad.
Romney’s ad rates about 9 out of 10 on the deceptiveness scale. He’s obviously trying to imply that American jobs will be shipped overseas; stating things accurately would require wholesale revisions; and doing so would completely destroy Romney’s point. But he doesn’t care. He’s got an election to win, and if scaring Ohio autoworkers is what it takes, then that’s what it takes. It’s truly nauseating.
“Nauseating” is an understatement.
Note: For suggesting the Romney Whopper King idea, one of our readers, Sean, gets a personalized illustration. Thanks, Sean.