The "Obama Phone" Lady Makes it Into an Anti-Obama PAC Ad

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Oct. 15 2012 12:57 PM

The "Obama Phone" Lady Makes it Into an Anti-Obama PAC Ad

Unless you consume a lot of conservative media, you might not have seen the "Obama phone" video that led the Drudge Report in September. An Ohio voter, a black woman, thanked the president for giving her a phone. Some quick follow-up reporting revealed the bland truth that this free phone program began decades ago. But for a certain sort of voter, it was indeliable.

And now it's going to appear in a TV ad. The Tea Party Victory Fund, a new Super PAC, has clipped the video, added a black and white filter, and asked possible donors to help air it in Ohio.

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The pitch is written by the Fund's titular chairman Ken Blackwell, Ohio's former secretary of state -- and, important for the messaging here, a black man.

This is it-- this is the October surprise. We just need to get this ad on television today.Will you help us?

This commercial is a microcosm of the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans want to create an environment where free people make their own choices and pursue their dreams. President Obama and the Democrats want to create a dependency on Government that ensures that Americans will continue to rely on Washington from cradle to grave.

What this lady said is so offensive because it's so blatant--she finally comes out and says what we all know that the Democrats really think. That's why this ad is so damaging to the President here in Ohio.

Let me tell you something, I'm from Ohio -- I was elected statewide as the Secretary of State, and Ohio State Treasurer--this ad is effective. If swing voters in this state see this ad, they simply will not support President Obama, and he will lose Ohio.

The ad's going up first in Lucas, Summit, and Mahoning counties.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.