One of those memorable movie moments for me came in the 1989 movie Scandal, about the Profumo Affair, a true story of sex and government secrets that brought down the British government in the early 60’s. There is a delicious courtroom scene where Bridget Fonda, playing showgirl Mandy Rice-Davies, is cross examined in the witness chair:
Mervyn Griffith-Jones: Are you aware that Lord Astor has denied impropriety in his relationship with you?
Mandy Rice-Davies: [smiles] Well, he would, wouldn’t he?
[crowd in gallery roars with laughter]
I was reminded of that by something Pat Buchanan wrote about an anti-Romney ad put out by one of the independent PACs supporting Obama. Buchanan blames Obama for the ad. Well he would, wouldn’t he? Could anybody expect Pat Buchanan to make a positive comment about Barack Obama? But here’s what Buchanan says of interest:
Was this ad the work of a rogue super PAC over which the Obama campaign had no control? Did the White House denounce the ad as unethical and malicious and wash its hands of it?
By no means. The White House, through its cynical silence, has been complicit in this moral atrocity as it reaps the benefits of it.
So, pray tell, where is Romney’s denunciation of the “Shady Past” video by an anti-Obama PAC, the Conservative Majority Fund? Does this indicate complicity in the video’s questioning of Barack Obama’s birth certificate and social-security number?
I guess that means Romney is a birther.