Pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA came under fire on Tuesday from commentators across the political spectrum when it released a campaign ad that led viewers to believe Mitt Romney was responsible for the death of a cancer-stricken woman. In the ad “Understanding,” steel worker Joe Soptic discusses how Mitt Romney was responsible for closing the plant he worked at, and by extension the mutated strands of DNA in his wife that became cancerous and killed her.
By late Tuesday, besides broad consensus that the ad was bottom-of-the barrel sludge politics, it was also obvious that Priorities USA didn’t do its research — the woman died five years after Romney was gone from Bain Capitol, and she originally had health insurance through her own employer.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Priorities USA strategist Bill Burton what the Super PAC would do, given the speed with which the ad imploded. Burton’s response was, to put it mildly, stunning:
“It’s funny you should mention “speed,” Wolf. The Obama campaign has recently unearthed documents that will lend credence to the National Inquirer’s story that Macaulay Culkin has six months to live due to struggles with a heroin addiction. Unfortunately, the evidence all points to Gov. Mitt Romney. It turns out that Mitt Romney has been Culkin’s dealer for years. Let me say this unequivocally: When Macaulay Culkin dies, Mitt Romney will have blood on his hands. On his very … rich … hands. “Romney Hood” plays for keeps, y’all. It plays for keeps…”
When Blitzer asked Burton about President Obama’s Terror Tuesday assassination pow-wows, complete with “baseball cards” of accused terrorists, Burton punted. “Wolf, I’d rather talk about the terror Mitt Romney has inflicted on innocent Americans for decades, be it through cancer or as CEO of drug cartels for the rich and famous.”
Obama’s super PAC Priorities USA has put a tentative release date for the Mitt Romney-Macaulay Culkin ad for whichever day the former Massachusetts governor announces his running mate.