This is a pretty effective video released today by the Republican National Committee, demonstrating that Newark Mayor Cory Booker himself contradicted the Obama campaign’s denial that it had spoken with him to get him to revise his Meet the Press criticism of the Obama camp’s focus on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain.
The ad gets at the issue of trust and honesty on the part of the Obama campaign and, by extension, President Obama.
I’m wondering if honesty is an angle the RNC intends to dig into – broken promises, “evolving” positions, and so forth.
I’m also wondering if before accusing the Obama campaign of shading the truth, the RNC is going to somehow ensure its own spokespeople refrain from such tactics which, I’ve found, are practiced avidly across the political spectrum.
I can still remember being informed by the Bush White House that the war in Iraq wasn’t having the least bit effect on our ability to fight in Afghanistan. Sure.
But there are different gradations and degrees of this, and having looked at the original appearances by both Obama 2012 spokesman Ben Labolt and Newark Mayor Cory Booker – away from this ad, which splices things up – it looks pretty clear that Labolt is being dishonest or is not informed by his own people. Or Booker didn’t know who he was talking to when he got feedback about his Meet the Press appearance.
Spokesmen can be misleading. But they can’t be dishonest.