The Have You No Decency Zone


Can the Obama campaign sink any lower than the ad charging Mitt Romney with causing the death of a cancer victim? I thought the worst stuff would be held back until the weekend before election day, but what do I know? I’m not from Chicago, and I never met David Axelrod.

The more interesting question is if and when the Democratic media will ever concede that the Obama folks have entered the “Have You No Sense of Decency?” zone. That quoted line was famously spoken in 1954 by Joseph Welsh, the head counsel for the United States Army while it was under investigation by Joseph McCarthy’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for Communist activities, an investigation known as the Army–McCarthy hearings. The exchange between Welsh and McCarthy is generally believed to have been the single event that ended McCarthy’s credibilty and career.

And all McCarthy did to elicit Welsh’s morally outraged response was to accuse a member of Welsh’s law firm of having had vague ties to a Communist front organization when he was a law student. McCarthy’s accusation wasn’t pretty, but it was light years short of accusing someone of murder, which is, in effect, what the Obama folks have done to Romney.

To be sure, a few of the Democratic media have registered shock and awe over the ad, CNN for one, but it remains to be seen whether this monstrosity has legs. Meanwhile, the Obama mouthpieces (Jay Carney, Robert Gibbs) have got their stories coordinated: We had nothing to do with the ad and we know nothing about the dead woman’s situation.

Except: Back in May, one Stephanie Cutter, deputy Obama campaign director, participated in a conference call with the victim’s husband, during which he told the same story he tells in the ad about how Romney and Bain Capital killed his wife. The other day Cutter denied being aware of the husband’s story.

In other words, Cutter is a liar.

I could go on with the many curious details of the bereaved husband’s relationship with the Obama campaign which raise a lot of questions about whether the Obama campaign team is working hand-in-glove with the “super-pac” responsible for the ad. Oh, and did I mention that such coordination is illegal? Nevermind!

The Democratic media never misses a chance to refer indignantly to Bush 41’s notorious Willy Horton ad which simply pointed out that Michael Dukakis, when he was the Massachusetts governor, had released a convicted murderer on a weekend leave during which he committed armed robbery and rape. Nor do they miss a chance to dredge up the “swift boating” of John Kerry which was undertaken by former Vietnam vets who were understandably angry with Kerry who, after serving just 4 months in Vietnam, testified before Congress during which he trashed the war effort while troops were still engaged in battle and John McCain was being tortured at the “Hanoi Hilton.” On the other hand, you rarely hear about the NAACP ad that accused Bush 43 of lynching a black man.

My guess is the Democratic media will, if they haven’t already, shut this story down. Still, you can’t help but wonder what “rough beast” Obama and Axelrod have set “slouching towards Bethlehem to be born.”

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