Election 2012: Mislead. Reframe. Repeat

A new super PAC ad shows that facts still have little to do with the GOP's case against Obama.

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The chart was a prediction as to how the stimulus plan would work and curb unemployment. This was not a promise made by Obama, but instead a prediction by economists that was connected to the implementation of the stimulus package and based on what many believed to be the state of the economy in early January 2009.

In January 2009, America lost 598,000 jobs. In February 2009: 651,000. And March 2009? 741,000. By April 2009, we were at an 8.5 percent unemployment rate. The economists' predictions had already been blown out of the water simply because of the economic horrors that the Obama administration walked into.

Can anyone genuinely say that Obama had failed America by April 2009? Don't answer that. Many folks were trying to claim that by February 2009. But all of this highlights the frustration that's causing much of the tension in this election cycle.

Is the case against Obama fair?

Now, if you're anti-war and anti-drone, then yes. Your critiques of Obama can be argued strongly. Not everyone will agree, but there is a solid argument. However, the case being made by the Republicans isn't based on any of that. It's based on the narrative that the president is an incompetent despot changing the very fabric of America -- and if he's not stopped, we will be living in a Soviet Union-style country in a matter of years.

The Republican argument is that Obama undermines American values, desires to redistribute wealth, has weakened our standing in the world and has failed the American people by not fixing the economy. This is what causes the bitterness between ardent Obama supporters and conservatives.

Just watch the ads by Mitt Romney and the Republican super PACS. Obama gutted welfare. Obama is lazy. Obama just wants to be famous. Obama lied about the economy. None of these are fair descriptions of what the past three-and-a-half years have actually been.

Conservatives cry about how the president had two years of complete and total control. I won't lie to you; I've simply grown tired of saying and writing how untrue that is. Obama had to have a supermajority to pass anything. He never had one in the House and had one in the Senate for only seven weeks. Republicans abused the filibuster but continue to pretend that they were powerless.

So what that the American people had voted for those they wanted to represent them? So what that the majority of representatives and senators were Democrats who wanted to work with Obama? Republicans decided that they knew better than the majority of Americans, and now they run around screaming how they were simply helpless and run over for two years by the mean old Democrats.

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