Are the people of Ohio stupid? I don’t think so, but the Mitt Romney campaign apparently believes otherwise.
Because the campaign’s lies and distortions — in ads Romney himself approved — are getting pretty deep in the Buckeye state. Romney doesn’t have to win the Nov. 6 election there to capture the White House. But it’s his easiest path to victory in the Electoral College.
In recent days the big lies have been about the auto-industry bailout under former President G. W. Bush and further steps by President Barack Obama that have led to an auto-industry resurgence in states like Ohio.
The ad miscasts the government’s role in Fiat’s acquisition of Chrysler, and it misrepresents the outcome. Chrysler’s owners had been trying to sell to Italy-based Fiat before Obama took office. The ad ignores the return of American jobs to Chrysler Jeep plants in the United States, and it presents the manufacture of Jeeps in China as a threat, rather than an opportunity to sell cars made in China to Chinese consumers. It strings together facts in a way that presents an wholly inaccurate picture.
Not too surprisingly, Politifact rates the ad “Pants on fire,” as in the old nursery-school rhyme, “Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!
But that’s not the only ad that’s drawing attention. A Romney radio spots says Obama’s actions cost Ohio auto workers their jobs, and that General Motors is shipping 15,000 jobs to China.
It’s a false and despicable narrative, and not suprisingly, the Romney lies have caught the attention of automakers. From Raw Story:
Sergio Marchionne, the company’s CEO, felt compelled to send a company-wide email to reassure workers that assertions made by the Republican presidential candidate both in a campaign appearance and in radio and television advertisements are “inaccurate.”
“I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China,” he wrote, adding that the company was planning on more investment in manufacturing and jobs in the American Midwest, including the crucial presidential swing state of Ohio.
So what’s going on, RWers? Is it all a giant conspiracy against Romney, author of the infamous “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” essay, by all the fact checkers, all the media, all of the auto companies?
Or is it just more Romney lies? And do you really believe the voters in Ohio are that dumb?