oh mitt…..

Steve Benen: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is already struggling badly to claim credibility on job creation. It makes problems like these that much more embarrassing:

As misery goes, Ryan King appears to be pretty deep in it in the new Mitt Romney video that slams President Barack Obama’s economic stewardship through the story of a struggling, seemingly unemployed college graduate. “Frustration is the big word,” Ryan says as somber music plays and hard-scrabble images roll by of Midland, Mich. “…. because of the economy and the way it is, there are so many people that are looking for jobs, at the same time my hands are tied, how can I get experience if no one is going to hire me in?”

….there’s a subtle problem with the new attack ad … Ryan King isn’t unemployed at all.

Though the commercial features King saying he “can’t get a job,” it turns out the young man is a recent graduate of a public university (Republicans want to cut higher-ed funding, too), and actually got a job shortly before appearing in the attack ad.

….there’s more to his background than that. As Greg Sargent noted, “In 2009, King was identified in the local press as the vice treasurer for the Midland County Young Republicans. He seems to have been a local Republican activist since; his Facebook page shows him partying away at the 2011 state GOP convention.”

….If Romney’s best example of a struggling Michigander is a fully employed graduate of a public university, doesn’t that make Obama’s record look better, not worse?

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9 Responses to “oh mitt…..”

  1. 1 Brian
    June 25, 2011 at 10:48 am

    It seems to me that one of the great blessings of the internet is that fact-challenged accusations such as Mitt’s can be so quickly debunked. I had never been aware of the work of Steve Benen until I started hanging around this website. Now I read him regularly, another benefit of becoming a “Chipstick groupie”!

  2. 2 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Way to go Steve Benen. Thanks so much for this Chipsticks. Mitt, you’re as a fake as a $3 bill. Your record on job creation in the private and government sector is abysmal to say the least. I never knew that becoming the treasurer for the Midland County Republicans in addition to graduating from college and finding a job, meant that President Obama had failed. When will these people learn that with the internet, comes video trails, newspaper trails, statements that one may have made in the past and now want to bactrack from and evidence of shoddy records.

  3. 3 lisalovesobama
    June 25, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Ugh, 🙄

  4. June 25, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I can’t wait to see this core-less, principle-less, charisma-less cardboard cut-out in a debate with my President. It will be a thing to behold. All of the gop characters are bad, but I find Mittens particularly abhorrent. He will be trounced.

    • 5 Brian
      June 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      There is something so artificial about him. In my head, I can almost hear him doing a variation of an old commercial: “I’m not a human being, but I play one on TV.”

  5. 6 theo67
    June 25, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Plus, hasn’t it always been a problem for grads that they find it hard to get jobs because they don’t have experience, but to get experience you need a job? Since when has this not been a problem? This whole ad is ridiculous!

  6. 7 GGail
    June 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Ahhh Mitt you’re BUSTED by Steve Benen. And you can best believe this will grow legs and find it’s way into many households – starting now! Thanks Chipsticks for seeking and posting the TRUTH! Facts we can believe in!

  7. 8 HZ
    June 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Mitt, Mitt, this seems to be too difficult for you. Are you sure you want to go on and face our great President?

  8. 9 Lizzie
    June 26, 2011 at 4:54 am

    I just posted this article on my Facebook wall. How low is Romney willing to go!

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