Welcome, Mr. President: GOP ads, obstructionism are shameful

Just when we think Republicans can sink no lower, they surprise us with a deep dive.

They run a misleading ad on TV to welcome President Barack Obama to Chattanooga and Tennessee, and then claim the new jobs at VW and Amazon are here "in spite" of "liberal policies" and are here "thanks to Republican leadership."

Hardly. But then honesty and accuracy have not been recent Republican virtues.

Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey, who is a Republican, were key in the successful recruitment of both Volkswagen and Amazon to Chattanooga.

And then there's also the Gig City infrastructure, as well as Chattanooga's smart and money-saving streetlights - all largely made possible by Obama's stimulus package, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.