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This election, groups PAC a dirty punch

Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt

Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and President Barack Obama. Credit: AP

We should all have our own super PACs, pseudo-independent hit men doing our dirty work while pretending to operate entirely on their own.

"Really?" we could ask, feigning extravagant surprise. "Someone just berated my noisy neighbors? Someone just disciplined my unruly kids? Someone just punched my boss in the mouth? Well, I wouldn't know anything about that!"

Look how well super PACs are working in politics.

A so-called independent group supporting President Barack Obama -- not to be confused with the Obama campaign -- accused GOP challenger Mitt Romney of almost murdering some poor laid-off steelworker's wife. "We obviously have no control over and with people we don't have contact with," Obama spokesman Jay Carney said about Priorities USA, the super PAC that made the dead-wife ad.

Romney plays the arms-length slam game just as viciously, and his "independent" groups have more slime money to play it with. Without the slightest nod of coordination from the official Republican campaign, they've already accused Obama of hating Catholics, loathing freedom, tilting socialist, killing babies and being a fake American. And it's only August.

In the Citizens United decision of 2010, the Supreme Court ruled these groups can smear at will and do it anonymously. What's taking HeniPAC so long?


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