« Who Does This Guy Think He Is, And Where Can We Find Him? | Main | War on Women: DNC Pays Male Staffers Almost 20% More Than Female Staffers »
August 08, 2012

Obama Campaign: We Don't Know The Specifics Of The Vicious Smear We Approved

If you say you don't know the specifics, people can't ask you to defend the specifics.

At least not without calling you a liar to your face. Which people are reluctant to do. Especially when those people are liberal reporters questioning a high campaign official of their liberal dreamboat.

Asked about the Priorities spot on MSNBC Wednesday morning, Robert Gibbs said he doesn’t “know the specifics” while Stephanie Cutter said on CNN: “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.”

And Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One that “we don't' have any knowledge of the story of the family,” according to Yahoo! News.

But Cutter hosted an Obama campaign conference call in May in which Soptic told reporters the very story featured in the Priorities spot.

Both the campaign and the Priorities USA Action said there was no coordination about Soptic’s appearances. In the campaign’s ad, Soptic speaks only about the plant. In the Priorities spot, he tells the personal story he relayed during the Obama campaign conference call.

“We have no idea when Priorities shot their spot,” an Obama campaign official said. “We’re not allowed to coordinate with them – but we can tell you it wasn’t when we shot ours.”

Interesting, that, that the Obama campaign features the same guy as the Priorities USA SuperPAC. And these two are not permitted by law to coordinate. And yet, same guy.

And yet, see below: Soptic tells the Romney Murdered My Wife story in a conference call arranged by OFA, hosted by Stephanie Cutter (an Obama campaign employee). This appears, as Politico notes, in their own campaign archives.

Sure seems there was some coordination here -- Obama's campaign sets up the more egregious attack, then Priorities USA runs it, pretending Obama had nothing to do with it.

As @slublog points out, Soptic is obviously reading from a statement in the clip. Did he actually write it without Stephanie Cutter giving it a proofread and approval? Doubtful.



digg this
posted by Ace at 03:56 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Don Q: "Posted by: zombie at December 08, 2019 02:01 PM (f ..."

Dan Smoot's Apprentice: "We've completely lost the educational battle. The ..."

Sponge: "[i] Ruby Ridge, Waco, Bundy Ranch: definitely Dee ..."

AK away from home: "But my money is on we are all going to have a very ..."

DamnedYanbkee: "40 years ago we would have said - "eh, it's India" ..."

Mike Hammer, etc., etc.: " Mike Hammer, how is your furry friend doing? I ma ..."

Don Q: "245 107 They will vote bill of impeachment out to ..."

AK away from home: "And eliminate the FBI ..."

torabora: "Saudi band on the run Saudi band on the run ..."

Getcha Pull: "I used to ask myself way back when why hasn't Dona ..."

Skip: "As soon as I get 2 comments in 5 I get that feelin ..."

Alberta Oil Peon: "I also don't think this situation has much relevan ..."

Recent Entries
Search


Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64