But the President was a lot more polite about it than I would be. Greg Sargent has the story here:
Romney right now is premising one of the central arguments of his whole campaign on a complete lie. The notion that Obama “gutted” the work requirement in welfare reform has been debunked again and again by independent fact checkers and by the president who signed the law Obama supposedly gutted (see Clinton, Bill).
But Romney has now run three ads — one, two, three — making this claim. Incredibly, the Romney campaign is doing this, even though he himself said that campaigns should pull ads that are called out by fact checkers. Romney and his surrogates have repeated the welfare lie in forum after forum after forum.
Steve Benen notes today that Romney is betting that “political journalism isn’t equipped to deal with a campaign predicated entirely on falsehoods,” and that his historic levels of mendacity poses a test for our political system. I’m inclined to agree.
The folks working at the big news organizations know Romney is lying with abandon. What should they do about it?
What indeed? Romney lies with impunity because he doesn't get called on it enough. (That's why we need to spread this blog far and wide.) It is up to us to stop these lies in their tracks--before Romney gets a chance to finish the work of destroying America that Bush, Cheney, and Rove advanced so far between 2001 and 2009.