While we've established that the Strib's Eric Black is loathe to use the word "lying" lightly (at all?), he does come pretty close in appraising Patty Wetterlying's latest ad; (emphasis added):
And by "taking out of context", we mean "logical mugging in service of Wetterling's most cynical lie in a campaign where her lying cynicism would have made her at home in the Nixon CIA".
A highly deceptive ad by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee takes one vote out of context to distort congressional candidate Michele Bachmann's record on crime.
The 30-second ad, which has been airing for about a week, invites voters to infer that Bachmann opposed longer sentences for repeat sex offenders when Bachmann actually voted for tougher sentences..."Who would vote against a bill that puts repeat sex offenders behind bars for life?" The ad asks, then answers: "Michele Bachmann."The real context?
The ad also suggests that Bachmann voted against "making operating meth labs close to children a crime" and against "letting police alert parents when sex offenders move to neighborhoods."
All three statements rely on a single vote, taken April 12, 2004, when an omnibus bill passed the Senate 35-31 with Bachmann voting no.The DFL, naturally, as a defense all ready - in this case, a bit by DCCC apparatchik Bill Burton that may qualify as the stupidest spin I've ever seen:
The bill did include provisions that would have created a potential life sentence for repeat sex offenders, criminalize the operation of meth labs close to children and strengthen provisions for notification of neighborhoods when out-of-state sex offenders moved in.
But there is no fair or rational basis for asserting that Bachmann's reasons for voting against the bill were that she opposed tougher sentences or more neighborhood notification.
Earlier in the legislative session, the Republican-controlled House had passed a crime bill that, in many instances, included tougher anti-crime provisions than the version favored by the DFL-controlled Senate...As the crime provisions made their way through the Senate, Bachmann voted in favor of an amendment that would have [drastically tightened penalties for sex crimes]...By the time the bill came up for final passage, the DFL majority had attached substantial spending provisions for health care, education and other functions unrelated to crime. Bachmann and all other Senate Republicans voted no. All Senate DFLers voted yes and the bill passed the Senate.
"Look, the bottom line is, she voted against the bill," Burton said. "The bill specifically would have stiffened penalties against sex offenders and done a series of things that made penalties tougher. ... If she was for these things, then she would have voted for the bill. ...Translated: "We Democrats sure hope you Minnesotans are too stupid to think".
No, really. Her last three ads have been, for lack of a more accurate term, cynical lies: