Perhaps emboldened by the success of their recent ‘Stage’ attack ad (it’s pretty powerful — take a look), the pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA has now unleashed an even more aggressive ad. In this one, Mitt Romney basically kills a woman. No, seriously. Whereas in the ‘Stage’ ad, Priorities USA used an effective emotional anecdote relating to Bain Capital’s closing of a factory to demonstrate Romney’s insensitivity to everyday Americans, this ad just goes full retard. You never go full retard.
Okay, in addition to the fact that it’s unclear whether this is an attack on Bain Capital or a defense of Obamacare, isn’t the relationship between Bain’s actions and this woman’s death a bit attenuated? A company formerly headed by Mitt Romney closed down a plant, which in turn caused this man to lose his job, which in turn caused this woman to lose her health insurance, which in turn caused this woman not to get regular health check-ups, which in turn led her cancer to grow undiagnosed, which in turn caused her to die? And therefore, what, Mitt Romney is a murderer?
And it’s also relevant to note that this woman died in 2006. Priorities USA strategist Bill Burton explained that even though the woman died as Romney was finishing up his term as governor — well after he had anything to do with Bain Capital — the connection between Romney’s actions and her death was still a valid basis for attack:
“We’re illustrating how long it took for communities and individuals to recover from the closing of these businesses. Families and individuals had to find new jobs, new sources of health insurance and a way to make up for the pensions they lost. Mitt Romney has had an enduring impact on the lives of thousands of men and women and for many of them, that impact has been devastating.”
That sounds like a decent line of reasoning — and to be fair, the ‘Stage’ ad is also attenuated since it wasn’t actually Romney who told those guys to build the stage — but…still. The problem with Mitt Romney is that he is running on his experience at Bain Capital, and the problem with Bain Capital is that it caused a lot of people to lose their jobs while making a small number of privileged individuals very rich. When the plant got shut down, everyone was running around all “Oh my God, we’re all going to be unemployed” not “Oh my God, we’re all gonna die!!“ So let’s maybe stick with the fairer line of attack: Romney wants to enact policies that will lead to unemployment, further inequality, and less freedom of opportunity. He’s not going to try to kill people. That we know of.
[Update: We know you're going to be very surprised by this, but it took Red State roughly 2.4 seconds to call Obama a "murderer" in response. The title of the article is "Barack Obama is a Murderer," or alternatively, "I know you are, but what am I?"]