Kathleen Parker gives us an interesting Op-Ed called Obama’s desperate Campaign: the Bain of Truth (h/t JWR) on the slanderous accusations of felonious conduct leveled by the Obama campaign against Mitt Romney. Her conclusion, based on a repeated, thorough review of the facts? Nothing there at all. Her second – and no less important – conclusion? “[T]he fact that the campaign advanced the notion in the first place is revealing. Trying to define Romney in some criminal light was obviously a strategy and, not to leap to conclusions, suggests both desperation and a lack of any substantive criticism.”
Quite right; and the Obama campaign should henceforth start earning not Pinocchios but Baghdad Bobs or Tawana Brawleys. Because, let’s face it, a presidential election campaign may be a lot of things, but not child’s play.
The other interesting point that Parker makes concerns the role of Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s deputy campaign manager, as primary perpetrator of this slander.
After days of grilling by the media, Cutter finally had to back away from the original felon accusation, but took refuge behind the immaculately postmodern defensive sashay of “IF Romney misrepresented himself on his Securities and Exchange Commission filings related to his tenure at Bain Capital, THEN he would have committed a crime.”
Now, Parker opines that it’s a shame that such a “smart and talented woman” would suffer herself to be “drafted” for such a dastardly role. For me, I have never seen a conflict between womanhood, smarts and talent on the one hand, and viciousness, opportunism and amorality on the other. Cutter is just a far-left Democratic Party hack who was hardly “drafted.” She does what she does voluntarily, and with conviction. Her brief c.v. on Wikipedia suffices to make that clear. She is Baghdad Bob, she is Tawana Brawley. If she were not, she would resign immediately.