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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Romney Is An Exceptional Liar

Even by the standards of politicians..

What's fascinating about Romney's compulsive lying is that there is an honest, conservative case against Obama, but Romney would rather invent one from whole cloth.

The idea that Romney lies so easily is being chalked up to the closed feedback loop that is the universe of Fox News.  I think that is plausible.

But there is also the fact that Romney has been a Big Shot for years.  And people don't usually confront Big Shots with uncomfortable facts.  Big Shots, too, get locked into a hermetically sealed bubble of Yes Men and Sycophants.  That's part of the reason Presidents historically do so poorly in their first debates when running for re-election.

But specific to Romney is the idea of his political chameleon act.  He has taken so many positions over the years that it probably is hard for him to keep up with his own positions, much less Obama's.

Whatever the combination of factors that make Romney an inveterate liar, one would hope that this would preclude his becoming President.  But, sadly, he has a real shot.


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