Friday, July 27, 2012

Truly Pathological

I'm not gonna take the time to look up the official definition of "pathological liar," but I'm pretty sure it's someone who can't stop doing it, and to whom the idea of lying isn't bothersome in the least. Whatever the definition, unless there's a term for a form of lying that's even worse, then Mitt Romney is the poster child. I think it's now at the point where it's safe to say you can't believe a single thing he says. Not one damn thing. The default assumption of any thoughtful person, regarding Mitt Romney, ought to be if he said it, it's a lie.

I refer to a revelation about his having claimed special friendship with Bibi Netanyahu. When he first said it, I was surprised, but, also, impressed. And a little worried. Partly because I think Bibi is way too militant and is doing harm to Israel; but mostly because The Rominee as much as admitted that, when it comes to Israel, he'd call his BFF and say, tell me what to do and I'll do it. Literally, pretty much. In one of the debates: ROMNEY: "I'd get on the phone to my friend Bibi Netanyahu and say, 'Would it help if I said this? What would you like me to do?'"

Silly me. It didn't even occur to me -- and I've done nearly nothing around here but point out Romney's incessant and bizarre lying -- that he'd also be lying about something like that. When, you know, the other guy might actually be listening. Or eventually hear about it by telegram, or smoke signal...
“Israel’s current prime minister is not just a friend, he’s an old friend,” Mitt Romney, with whom Netanyahu worked at the Boston Consulting Group in the 1970s, told aipac in March. (Romney, Netanyahu suggests, may have overstated the tie. “I remember him for sure, but I don’t think we had any particular connections,” he tells me. “I knew him and he knew me, I suppose.”)

Which is sort of in conflict with an interview with
The New York Times: ROMNEY: "We [Mitt & Netanyahu] can almost speak in shorthand. We share common experiences and have a perspective and underpinning which is similar."

So our next president, if teabaggers and the billionaires who make them think they think what they think have their way, lies about being a close friend of Netanyahu, prior to which he lied about a conversation with an Australian government guy. Following which he travels to The United Kingdom (he called it by the wrong name) where, after making sure his wife's dancing horse is strictly off limits in conversation and in person (in horse?), he steps all over his dick politically. (The British are tweeting. The British are tweeting. Under the hashtag "American Borat!)

C'mon, teabaggers. C'mon anyone who calls themselves a conservative but still claims the ability to think. This is not normal. This is beyond amusing or quirky. It's goddam scary. Mitt Romney, demonstrably, without any question, is a person who might be president and who simply can't stop lying, who does it so easily -- even when it's obvious and unnecessary -- that it's no longer possible to trust anything he says.

His campaign, having abandoned (moved to number two on the list, really) its central lie about Obama apologizing for America is now, based on another overt and obvious lie in the form of cynical editing, claiming Obama hates entrepreneurs; and he's now building his campaign around that lie. While audiences eat it up.

Is there a more embarrassing picture of American democracy? Mitt Romney treats his potential voters as if they're idiots (well, until they prove otherwise....), lies to them freely and with no compunction whatever; and he travels around the world lying to and about world leaders, while spreading stupidity like Rafalca's (isn't that name a little unAmerican?) manure.

Mitt Romney claims Obama apologizes for America. At this point, it's America that needs to apologize for Mitt Romney.

1 comment:

  1. That's one possible diagnosis, but I'm unconvinced romney's a compulsive liar.
    Harken back to the quote from Karl Rove: "we create our own reality." You and I may be part of the "reality-based community", but Romney and his party suffer no such compunction.
    If they can't tell the difference between what is real and what isn't, that's schizophrenia. Not caring between the two is a personality disorder. Either way, there's no point in arguing with them.


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