Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mitt Romney: Frequent, Flagrant, Brazen Liar

Interesting bit from the Guardian about Mitt Romney's dishonesty.  Some highlights:

 Quite simply, the United States has never been witness to a presidential candidate, in modern American history, who lies as frequently, as flagrantly and as brazenly as Mitt Romney.
Now, in general, those of us in the pundit class are really not supposed to accuse politicians of lying – they mislead, they embellish, they mischaracterize, etc. Indeed, there is natural tendency for nominally objective reporters, in particular, to stay away from loaded terms such as lying. Which is precisely why Romney's repeated lies are so effective. In fact, lying is really the only appropriate word to use here, because, well, Romney lies a lot. But that's a criticism you're only likely to hear from partisans.

The author then talks about the bit in Romney's book about President Obama going around the world to "apologize" for America, which in the real world never happened.  

President Obama never went around the world and apologized for America – and yet, even after multiple news organizations have pointed out this is a "pants on fire" lie, Romney keeps making it. Indeed, the "Obama apology tour", along with the president bowing down to the King of Saudi Arabia, are practically the lodestars of the GOP's criticism of Obama's foreign policy performance (the Saudi thing isn't true either).
 He then goes on to list several more Romney lies about the economy, stimulus, auto bailout, Obamacare.  But then we get down to the "Brass tax" of it all:

The lying from the Romney campaign is so out-of-control that Steve Benen, a blogger and producer for the Rachel Maddow show compiles a weekly list of "Mitt's Mendacity" that is chockfull of new untruths. Benen appears unlikely to run out of material any time soon, particularly since Romney persists in repeating the same lies over and over, even after they've been debunked.

This is perhaps the most interesting and disturbing element of Romney's tireless obfuscation: that even when corrected, it has little impact on the presumptive GOP nominee's behavior. This is happening at a time when fact-checking operations in major media outlets have increased significantly, yet that appears to have no effect on the Romney campaign.

What is the proper response when, even after it's pointed out that the candidate is not telling the truth, he keeps doing it? Romney actually has a telling rejoinder for this. When a reporter challenged his oft-stated assertion that President Obama had made the economy worse (factually, not correct), he denied ever saying it in the first place. It's a lie on top of a lie.

As a song we used to sing in Primary says "When you tell one lie, it leads to another..." 

And, in conclusion, a paragraph I wish I had written, because it so well sums up my feelings about Mitt:

Romney is charting new and untraveled waters in American politics. In the process, he is cynically eroding the fragile sense of trust that exists between voters and politicians. It's almost enough to make one pine for the days when Sarah Palin lied about "the Bridge to Nowhere".


blueelephantredstate said...

I Think you may be wrong on this Bob. Obama did go on an apology tour in the middle east. The Media Except for Fox won't tell you that Because they are in cahoot's with Obama. I voted for Obama now to this very day I regret that vote. Obama is the liar, when he was Running he promised transparency, Now we have executive privilege to protect Eric Holder on fast and furious. In the race for office he fought against hillarycare, we got Obamacare. Let's not forget egypt the Muslim Brotherhood said they would not run for president. Well Egypt has a muslim Brotherhood president. Obama is ok with the brotherhood. Groups like C.A.I.R. associate with Obama and they are connected to Muslim Terror groups. I am sorry but I would rather have Romney as President then Obama. Because while Romney would slow down the economic bleeding, Obama would give the economy blood thinner by spending us to oblivion, and Taxing Job Creators.

Anonymous said...

Let's see. You cite Fox news as the only trusted news source, followed by a litany of conservative sound bites, misrepresentations and lies. You voted for Obama? Sure you did. -_-

blueelephantredstate said...

I would listen to more fair fox than MSLSD or Currat. Lets no forget Bill Press your side Talk Radio host trashed on the star spangled banner (our National anthem) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg a Leftest judge on the supreme court said the Constitution is an old document and that if a country need's a constitution they should look at south Africa. Believe what you want to believe about me But I woke up to the Communist virus that is plaguing our country.

Bob said...

If you are going to be fair and balance, I encourage you to read this about "Obama's apology tour," where they point out the speeches that the Right has used as "evidence" of Obama's "apologizing for America," which so he never said anything close to an apology. In addition, they point to several times where George W Bush and/or high-ranking Bush Administration officials actually did apologize.

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