New Pennsylvania Ad Says Obama, Casey ‘Persecuting Catholic Church’
It is generally tough to find good things to say about Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey. The dude is boring, he doesn’t really take much of a stand on anything. Nothing he co-sponsored has ever been signed into law—which is a mighty strange statistic. But when you’re writing anti-Robo-Tripping legislation, what do you expect?
But then there are the people who have been criticizing the senator this election year. And if most elections are about the lesser of two evils, then Little Bobby Jr. should have an easy time winning. Not just because of his opponent, but because of the outside groups opposing Pennsylvania’s senior senator. Take this new web ad out from a super PAC called Defending our Faith. It hits Casey for supporting Barack Obama who, in turn, wants to KILL EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY BABIES AND CATHOLICS. Check it out:
So I’m setting aside the Daily Grinder for this one thing today. Because, I mean, did you just watch that? What the fuck?
Anyway, sure. I get what they’re trying to do here: drive a wedge between Catholic Democrats and Democrats, noting those who consume the body and blood on Sundays should use their vote to send a message on abortion rather than think of their own economic self interest, or that of the poor. And won’t someone please think of deceased Catholic politicians?
“What would Al Smith or Jack Kennedy say today about a Democratic president telling Catholics of America, ‘Change your religious beliefs or I will use my power as President and all the Federal Government’s financial power to shut down your hospitals’?” the ad goes. “Bob Casey voted for Obamacare, which made possible Obama’s persecution of the Catholic Church.”
The idea behind that “shut down your hospitals” claim: In 2010, three Catholic hospitals closed in Pennsylvania. Rumor had it, then, that they were being sold because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. According to a Factcheck.org post from that year, based on a campaign ad similar to the aforementioned one this year: “a radio ad from a group called CatholicVote.org says the hospitals “are calling it quits. …The reason? Obamacare.” The ad calls for the defeat of Democratic Reps. Paul Kanjorski and Chris Carney — both of whom are Catholic and voted for the health care law”—exactly what’s happening today, in this ad!
At that time, a hospital in Scranton’s closing was blamed upon the PPACA. The problem? The only ones who said it was true were Catholic special interest groups and conservative media mouthpieces. Even the Catholic Health Association’s president, Carol Keehan, said blaming the PPACA for hospitals closing was false. She had actually advocated on behalf of the new health care reform law in 2009.
Not that that mattered. Conservative media still ran with the false information that Obama shut down Pennsylvania hospitals. It was, after all, an election year.
Then Mercy Health Partners CEO Kevin Cook had to release a statement which attempted to put an end to the false information (Mercy Hospital was one of the healthcare centers to close in the Scranton area), saying, “The rationale for our initiative has been mischaracterized by certain politicized media outlets and severely distorted by some special interest groups.”
Think that mattered to special interest groups and conservative click-baiting media outlets? Of course it didn’t!
Now we’re in an election year, again, and new groups (the “Defending Our Faith” ad was paid for by “America Continues,” neither of which are on OpenSecrets.org) are just recycling their old trash.
Of course, the ad works because it’s extremely vague about which hospitals it’s talking about and how, exactly, Catholics are being persecuted by Obama—other than his thirst for doctors to “kill a baby if an abortion fails.”
And now here we are, asking ourselves, what would Al Smith and Jack Kennedy say about a supposed religious special interest group peddling false information that was debunked years ago? Someone get me the 10 Commandments.