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article imageOp-Ed: Romney campaign — Pathological liars? Thinks you're stupid? Both?

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Apr 15, 2012 in Politics
We know that the people behind the Mitt Romney presidential campaign have no respect for the intellect of the American voter. But are they as stupid as they think we are? Or are they just intellectually dishonest?
You be the judge.
It's a case of someone on live TV saying "we are" instead of "we were".
Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod was on Fox News Sunday this morning and said this:
The choice in this election is between economy that produces a growing middle class and that gives people a chance to get ahead and their kids a chance to get ahead, and an economy that continues down the road we are on, where a fewer and fewer number of people do very well, and everybody else is running faster and faster just to keep pace.
Now, the mature adult, knowing how long Axelrod has been with Obama, knowing how enthusiastically A-Rod was defending his candidate, knows what he was talking about and what he meant.
But the Romney campaign has released the campaign ad you see at the top of this column. And over at the execrable Right Wing Hate site, Red, Red State editor (and CNN contributor, for some reason) Erick Erickson has posted the video with the following headline.
BREAKING: David Axelrod Endorses Mitt Romney for President
Oh. Come. On!!!
Later in the interview, given a chance to clear up the "we are" vs. "we were" error, Axelrod makes it perfectly clear what he was talking about. But let us not forget.
This is the Romney campaign -- the same campaign that took a statement Candidate Obama made in 2008, talking about the McCain Campaign, saying, "They say, 'If we talk about the economy, we'll lose" and made it sound like Obama was saying about his own presidency, "If we talk about the economy, we'll lose."
This is the level of outright dishonesty being celebrated on websites like Hot Air this afternoon, where the morons who frequent that site now think this single video comment by David Axelrod will more than make up for the hours of video of Romney contradicting himself, the hours of video of former Senator Rick Santorum excoriating Romney, the hours of video of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich excoriating Romney, the "Etch-A-Sketch" gaffe, the lies told by Romney, the famous 18-second flip flop video about the ad he didn't see until admitted seeing it, these morons think this one tiny slip by Axelrod will outdo all these piles of tape the Obama people have to beat Romney over the head with.
The folks at Red State, to their credit, seem to be straining at this gnat while the Hot Air folk swallow the camel whole.
tdawg89 Sunday, April 15th at 1:55PM EDT (link)
The guy just misspoke. Funny, but not a lasting gaffe unfortunately.
whothennow24 Sunday, April 15th at 2:14PM EDT (link)
Watch the video. Axelrod didn’t mention Romney at all. Axelrod was expressing his enthusiasm for the direction Obama is taking.
whothennow24 Sunday, April 15th at 2:11PM EDT (link)
Axelrod doesn’t approve of Romney. He didn’t endorse Romney. Watch the video, don’t just read the headline. The headline is an outright lie. Axelrod is being enthusiastic in the video about the Obama administration, not about Romney.
drifter Sunday, April 15th at 3:22PM EDT (link)
This was a silly point…
halle Sunday, April 15th at 3:54PM EDT (link)
There was no mention of Romney. I did not see any thing that
would even suggest that he was supporting Romney.
All I saw was the same old boring talking points.
But the GOP lie machine is soiling itself in idiotic glee. But there's a reason for that. It's the same reason they are going to lose and lose big in November.
They are idiots.
Seriously. This level of rank stupidity should, by all evolutionary measures, cause extreme physical pain to people who believe this kind of nonsense. If one believes in Darwinism, one can hope that at some point in our human development, stupidity of this degree will cause intense physical pain and the truly profoundly stupid will weed themselves out of the gene pool as they claw out their own tiny brains to make the pain stop.
We know how stupid they are. But how stupid do they think we are?
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