So, it’s come to this. Today, a spokeswoman for Mitt Romney responded to an attack ad disseminated by a super PAC supporting President Barack Obama. The ad was a controversial broadside, worthy of a response. The spokeswoman spoke against the ad with conviction. She offered a counter argument that was precise and logical and fair. The spokeswoman cleanly invoked her candidate’s greatest legislative achievement, in an eminently reasonable way, in her candidate’s defense.
And that spokeswoman’s response is being hailed as one of the 2012 campaign season’s most collossal cock-ups.
Sigh. Here’s what happened. This week, Priorities USA Action, a super PAC run by former Obama advisor Bill Burton (who is surely not “coordinating” his efforts with the Obama campaign, because that would be tsk-tsk illegal!) put out a brutal attack ad. It tied the activities of Bain Capital to the death of a woman who lost her health care coverage as a result of her husband losing his job at GST Steel, one of the celebrated casualties of Bain’s business practices.