Shot in the style of a television news broadcast, the ad imagines how by April 29, 2013, Mitt Romney could have already laid waste to much of Mr Obama’s legacy.
Speaking over images of the Republican giving the inaugural address, the news anchor reports that the Romney administration had signed sweeping tax cuts for the wealthy while pushing through new policies that cause American companies to outsource jobs to China.
He reports that Mr Romney had used a vacancy on the Supreme Court to nominate Robert Bork, the conservative legal scholar who Democrats blocked from joining the high court after he was first tapped by Ronald Reagan in 1987.
It claims that the court is taking the first steps towards overturning Roe v Wade and making abortion illegal in the United States.
The ad also images a Republican-controlled senate, where Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock – two hardline social conservatives who have been excoriated by Democrats for their inflammatory comments on rape – have won seats and are voting to privatise Medicare.
It ends with a mournful bulletin about what the future holds for former President Obama and an interview with one young Obama supporter “who wishes she had done more”.
As the imaginary ad disappears into static, viewers are confronted with a black screen and the words: “You decide if he gets to deliver. Volunteer. Vote.”
It’s sad and pathetic how far the candidate of “Hope and Change” has fallen in just four years. All he has to offer is fear itself:
“And that’s to be expected, because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.
If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.” – Barack Obama, August 28, 2008