Blog Credo

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

Saturday, January 18, 2014

An Argument I Hadn't Thought Of Before

Booman makes the point that the GOP standard bearers' embrace of falsehoods and crackpots has damaged the country, because partisanship is so high, that half the country will immediately join in whatever the political leaders are saying.

The nut:

The man told too many lies. Maybe some of you know how many Steve Benen ultimately documented. By late-August 2012, it was up to 533. It was just incredible how frequently and shamelessly Mitt Romney made outright false assertions. And I think forcing nearly half the country to defend that kind of behavior has a crippling effect on the moral character of America. It's very similar to the way the GOP's standards were permanently damaged the moment that they had to defend Sarah Palin as an acceptable potential president. Suddenly, it was not just acceptable, but virtuous, to be ignorant about foreign affairs. Reading the papers became something only snobs do.

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