As we noted here, the Obama campaign, in trying to distance itself from the Joe Soptic ad that blew up like an exploding cigar, blatantly lied about its knowledge of, and involvement in, the Soptic attack. Somewhat remarkably, the Obama campaign’s lies have been widely exposed and reported on. To take just one example, CNN headlines: “Ad linking Mitt Romney to woman’s death continues to dog Obama campaign.”
For the third day in a row, reporters peppered the White House and Obama campaign about the new ad, which CNN fact-checked Tuesday and found to be inaccurate. …
“We had nothing to do with the ad,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday. “We can’t speak to what they were trying to convey by the ad or communicate.”
But Psaki did not repeat the claim she made Wednesday that members of the campaign “don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family,” after it came to light that Soptic appeared on an Obama campaign conference call in May, detailing the very story he recounts in the ad. That call was hosted by deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter.
On Wednesday morning Cutter told CNN’s John Berman, “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.”
Soptic also appeared in an ad produced by the Obama campaign around the time of the conference call. He told CNN the campaign has asked him to attend campaign-sponsored events in support of President Obama….
CNN also reports a fact that I had not been aware of: Priorities USA Action has not actually run the Soptic ad on television yet as part of its $20 million buy. The former White House spokesman who runs Priorities USA Action claims that his group still intends to run the Soptic ad, but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it to appear.
It is probably too much to hope for, but perhaps the Soptic fiasco will be a moment when a critical mass of Americans realize that Barack Obama is not just incompetent, but unfit.
UPDATE: Via Jim Geraghty on Twitter, Barack Obama’s campaign site still features falsehoods about Joe Soptic prominently. This is just sick:
It is hard, really, to come up with words low enough to describe Barack Obama.