I know that distorting your opponents positions is a common tactic in modern politics, but this is more than a distortion. This is a flat out lie. From Dispatches from the Culture Wars, although you can read about it just about anywhere:
We’ve all grown accustomed to politicians distorting the truth, especially when it comes to discussing the actions and positions of their opponents, but this lie from Romney is about as blatant and outrageous as I’ve ever seen. From Romney’s Facebook page:
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.
This is an absolute, incontrovertible lie. Ohio has had early voting since 2005; people could show up and cast their vote for three days leading up to election day. But the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature changed that so that only members of the military can vote early. The Obama campaign filed suit against the new law because it treats different groups differently without a rational justification (having special rules for absentee voting by military members overseas makes sense, but this deals with in-person early voting). And that lawsuit does not seek to do away with early voting for the military, it seeks to allow everyone to vote early.
This is about as blatant of a lie as you can get, and the right wing has taken the ball and ran with it. Wonder if the “liberal” media will call them on it?
I won’t be holding my breath.