Ho hum. Mitt Romney has made a huge ad buy blasting Obama for removing the work requirement from welfare. This claim is based entirely on an editorial in the Richmond Times Dispatch, which the Romney campaign describes as one of the most respected newspapers in America — a bold title for a publication best known for pieces on tacky Christmas lights.
I’m astounded that the political system has reached a point where poorly researched editorial claims in middle-market newspapers can form the basis of attack ads. I understand that such an attack can whip up rancor among working class voters, but there is such danger in making a clearly falsifiable claim.