Monday, October 10, 2011

Prevaricator In Waiting

Quoth Mitt Romney to the gullibles:

As President, on Day One, I will focus on rebuilding America’s economy. I will reverse President Obama’s massive defense cuts. Time and again, we have seen that attempts to balance the budget by weakening our military only lead to a far higher price, not only in treasure, but in blood.

Sayeth the facts, were anyone to care:

He lied about other things military, as well.

That Mitt Romney changes positions like a gymnast is not news. Nor, other than the fact that his shameless lying gets less light shone on it, is the fact that he's a shameless liar. Like a burglar who never gets caught, he keeps doing it. And the above is hardly his most egregious fabrication. He's been repeating the lie that Obama apologizes for America like, well, things that repeat. While our feeble excuse for media blithely enable it. Look the other way. Don't give a shit.

Sure, most politicians lie. But Romney? He's made it his fundament. His central arguments are patently false. Following in the footsteps of such notables as Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, he's taken to lying each time he exhales, figuring (rightly), I assume, that it's what teabaggers want. Whereas those two ladies, definitionally pathological liars, are destined to be footnotes in textbooks everywhere but Texas, Mitt is the one taken seriously by the punditry; the one seen as the right's best hope to take the White House. (Or is he?)

Shouldn't Republicans demand more? Shouldn't he be held to account, daily, hourly, as this stuff spills forth? Can't the man who, so they say, rescued the Utah Olympics have the wherewithal to come up with something true, something consistent, something not cynically aimed at the dumbest amongest? Shouldn't our (liberal, lamestream) media call him out? Isn't that their job?

In a functioning democracy, where intelligence wasn't equated with elitist snobbery, where education was valued and facts were considered worthy, where so-called news organizations respected their own work and believed in the premise that informed voters are crucial to our form of government, you'd think so.

Wouldn't you?


Sam Spade said...

Did you see this a few months back? It captures the essence of Mitt rather well I think.

Sid Schwab said...

In quoting Douthat it does; but Frum seems to be saying that flip-flops and panders are actually just good business. A plate of pasta isn't a core principle, and an owner of a franchise restaurant isn't a leader of opinion.

Sid Schwab said...

Here's a clarifying vignette.

Sid Schwab said...

Wait, Frum is not playing devil's advocate there? Oh my I think you might be right. What a disappointment, I thought it was the funniest thing I'd seen in awhile.

I guess then Frum is seriously thinking about a "CEO President". He seems to have forgotten that we tried this already. Bush for all his faults did at least have principals, even if he did learn them from comic books.

Great vignette. That site might be getting more traffic soon.

Sid Schwab said...

Okay, I'm a little weirded out that someone signed in using my name. I won't publish any more comments like that. Maybe it's Blogger that screwed up. Still, no more...

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