Last fall, as the presidential contest reached a fever pitch, a video raced across the Internet, featuring an African-American woman in Cleveland who praised President Barack Obama for giving her a free cell phone.
“Everybody in Cleveland — low minorities — got Obama phones,” she said.
Critics decried the clip as racist. Politifact awarded its vaunted “Pants on Fire” rating to Republican claims that the president was attempting to buy votes with cell phones.
Even so, tea party forces built a campaign around the video in an unsuccessful attempt to counter criticism Mitt Romney had endured for declaring — in a video captured by the left — that 47 percent of Americans were too dependent on government handouts to vote Republican.
The phone furor died quickly after Nov. 6. But we in Georgia are about to revive it. With a vengeance.
The state Public Service Commission this morning will hold a public hearing on new rules to require recipients of subsidized cell phone