It’s time once again for The Future American’s FAIL OF THE WEEK! Every Saturday, I name a person or group who has spent the past seven days behaving in a particularly idiotic way. Since it’s my belief that idiocy knows no politics, nobody is safe.
This week’s fail was brought to you by former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), who this year, either on his own or through his presidential campaign, has racked up X fails to President Obama’s Y. But I probably shouldn’t be pointing that out, lest he and his people start accusing me of having a liberal bias, which hasn’t been the case for a good four years. Who has he already accused? The online fact-checking sites, of all sites. They pointed out, quite rightly, that a Romney ad accusing Obama of removing the work requirement in the Personal Opportunity and Work Requirement Act of 1996 was a lie.
You don’t need any third-party website to tell you that; by looking at Obama’s proposed paperwork waiver and the act itself, you can figure it out on your own, as I’ve done here. But that’s too inconvenient for Mitt “Pants Afire” Romney:
Fact-checkers on both sides of the aisle will look in the way they think is most consistent with their own views. It’s very clear that others who have looked at the same issue feel that the president . . . guts that, he ends that requirement for those who seek that welfare.
LIE. The waiver allows states to bypass reporting requirements for recipients’ work search activity, which routinely gets in the way of assisting that search. That version of the story need not be consistent with anyone’s views; it’s consistent with reality. But don’t let that get in the way of a good campaign ad. Think of the donations they’d be missing out on otherwise!
Now, some of you might be tempted to remind me that we’ve seen our share of falsehoods in Obama campaign literature, which is true. But when they’ve gotten caught, they’ve at least attempted to save their asses by blaming the super PACs behind them. And even that’s more plausible, if you have any faith in the de jure prevention of coordination between campaigns and super PACs. What does Romney have to gain from spinning some yarn about FactCheck.org or PolitiFact being on any side of the aisle at all? The Breitbart/Blaze vote? Yeah, that’s a real gain thar. Get those little trolls behind you and watch your numbers go all the way up!
A bigger downside is that he’ll never again be able to cite either of these sites when they give his opponent the “Pants on Fire” treatment. The only people who can be counted on to be biased are the people who these sites expose, and this proves it better than anything else.