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article imageOp-Ed: Mitt Romney wants Barack Obama to play nicer

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Aug 10, 2012 in Politics
It's hard not to see the irony in Mitt Romney's request that Barack Obama's campaign be nicer when dealing with Romney's business and tax issues.
This is the man who started the campaign with scorched earth ads destroying his GOP opponents in the primaries. This is the man who began the general election campaign with an ad that made President Obama sound as if he were saying, "If we talk about the economy, we lose," when he was actually quoting something the McCain campaign was metaphorically saying in 2008.
This is the man who took a perfectly innocent statement that nobody does anything in America totally by his or her self and turned it into an insult against small business people, saying "You didn't build that."
This is the man who blatantly lied about Obama wanting to remove the work requirements in welfare.
This is the man who just over the last 48 hours turned a perfectly innocent statement about being proud of the results of the auto bailout and turned it into an ad where President Obama wants to nationalize all business and industry.
And now, he wants to play nice.
This is his definition of playing nice, according to Talking Points Memo.
Romney said he would prefer the campaigns “only talk about issues,” and claimed that “our ads haven’t gone after the president personally. … We haven’t dredged up the old stuff that people talked about last time around. We haven’t gone after the personal things.”
A veiled threat. We haven't talked about your birth certificate or Rev. Wright or "guns and bible clutching" or any of that other crap. So Obama should lay off...
1. Romney's business.
2. Romney's taxes.
3. Romney's family.
Family? No problem. There was an ad having a little fun with Ann Romney's dressage horsie, but the Obama campaign cut that ad and apologized when it was determined Ann used the horse as therapy for her Multiple Sclerosis.
But Romney's business? Isn't that the central reason he gives for wanting to be president? His business "acumen"? And his taxes? The American people don't have the right to know whether or not the presumed GOP candidate paid his fair share of taxes?
What's left for Obama to talk about? Romney's hair gel?
From his campaign’s earliest days, Romney argued repeatedly that voters should elect him because of his private-sector experience, crediting his investments in Bain with creating 100,00 jobs (a claim that fact-checkers have heavily disputed).
And this stuff about his ads not going after Obama "personally"?
Lying about what a man says -- a blatant, easily debunked lie -- is not a personal attack? Taking what a man says and twisting it into something he did not say? That's not a personal attack? Saying the president doesn't understand America or freedom? That's not a personal attack? Saying Obama spent too much time at Harvard when Romney actually spent more time there? That's not a personal attack?
It's a stretch to ask anyone to feel sorry for Romney at this stage of the campaign. For a man who has told lie after lie after lie in ads that contain the words "I'm Mitt Romney, and I approve this message", he certainly does whine a lot when the opponent he is smearing has the resources to fight back.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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