Bob Cesca writes on the Huffington Post (8/8/12) …
Over the weekend, Mitt Romney, while clearly benefiting from Republican voter purges and Voter ID laws meant to discourage minority and working class voters, accused the Obama Justice Department of somehow trying to disenfranchise military voters. In other words, the Democrats are the ones who are trying to disenfranchise people — and they hate the troops, too! The troops!
Here’s what the Romney unit on Facebook said …
President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage. The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect their fundamental right to vote. I stand with the fifteen military groups that are defending the rights of military voters, and if I’m entrusted to be the commander-in-chief, I’ll work to protect the voting rights of our military, not undermine them.
There’s nothing here that’s even remotely close to the truth.
The Obama administration has absolutely not done what Romney says it’s doing — in any way. The president is actually trying to extend weekend voting to everyone, while preserving it for the troops. Romney has used this twisted Orwellian Karl Rove style backwards logic to trick his supporters into buying this bag of hooey while reinforcing the myth that the president — the commander in chief of the armed forces — hates the military. At the same time, he’s reversed the Voter ID debate by making it seem as if the Democrats are trying to disenfranchise voters.
And it’s in print. It’s not a jittery, Uncanny Valley Romney gaffe or something he blurted out on a cable news show. He (his advisers) carefully crafted this one, and it’s entirely untrue. The Facebook post has been “Liked” more than 152,000 times and shared by more than 19,000 Romney Facebook friends.
Everything is taken at face value because Romney’s lies are crafted to be exactly what the base wants to hear. And it’s a lie by every measure.