STORY #1: Ad mortem
From the left: The Obama campaign’s contention that it knew nothing of Joe Soptic’s story of his wife’s death from cancer after his company, GST Steel, was closed by Bain Capital and he couldn’t afford insurance. It’s all in an ad by the Priorities USA super PAC. It’s fine, albeit unnecessary, to attack vulture capital. But Romney left Bain before GST Steel was shut down, and Soptic told his story on a campaign conference call in May. Oops.
From the right: The Romney campaign’s contention that President Obama’s contraception mandate is tantamount to a “war on religion.” (This is an ad his campaign made itself, by the way, not one that a super PAC essentially foisted upon them.) I’d hate to think that any religion suffers that much when one of its adherents is told to pay for an employee’s birth control. Question his authority to mandate this? Sure. Claim he’s opposed to religion as a concept? Just don’t waste our time.
STORY #2: Well, I heard . . .
From the left: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Romney’s alleged neglect to pay taxes for 10 years. Want to know how badly this has worked out for him? Except for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Democrats are embarrassed to be seen with that. Memo to Pelosi and Reid: If you’re not sure if it’s true or not, don’t talk about it. High-school girls do that.
From the right: Minnesota House candidate Mike Parry (R-MN1), accusing Gov. Mark Dayton (D-MN) of popping “15 to 16 pills” during an unspecified meeting, which even Republicans are finding ridiculous. Thankfully, Parry has had the courtesy to admit that he is aware, as are most Minnesotans, that Dayton takes medication for depression. How he thinks an accusation like this will get him any closer to the Minnesota legislature is bewildering.
STORY #3: You’re still here?
From former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA): Remember that bilge water about how allowing states to reduce the paperwork involved in reporting efforts to find jobs for welfare recipients = “gutting welfare reform?” After defending that, all Gingrich could say to Anderson Cooper was, in a nutshell, “I bet he would!” This fucking guy.
Summary of all of the above stories: All of you have a ton of completely factual material you could use against each other. There is absolutely no need for this nonsense. And you might tell the super PACs raising money for you to play by the rules or, as my dad would say, go intercourse the penguin.