Anyone who has either heard Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan speak, or read recaps of anything they have said, who also have access to a computer with internet access and the desire to know the truth have already realized that Mitt and Paul are lying liars who lie. As more than one pundit has pointed out, their entire campaign strategy seems to be knocking out the truth, shoving it in a bag, tying the bag shut and then throwing the truth into a large body of water to drown. Because, you know, reality has a liberal bias.
Democrats have understandably been trying to call attention to the GOP’s willful mendacity, and even some conservative outlets have been willing to talk about the Romney campaigns relationship with the truth. Well now the Wall Street Journal has drawn a line in the sand; Do what you must, but never call a liar a liar.
The election campaign of the 44th U.S. president is now calling another candidate for the American presidency a “liar.” This is a new low. It is amazing and depressing to hear this term being used as a formal strategy by people at the highest level of American politics.
“Liar” is a potent and ugly word with a sleazy political pedigree. But “liar” is not being deployed only by party attack dogs or the Daily Kos comment queue. Mitt Romney is being called a “liar” by officials at the top of the Obama re-election campaign. Speaking the day after the debate in the press cabin of Air Force One, top Obama adviser David Plouffe said, “We thought it was important to let people know that someone who would lie to 50 million Americans, you should have some questions about whether that person should sit in the Oval Office.”
The Democratic National Committee’s Brad Woodhouse said, “Plenty of people have pointed out what a liar Mitt Romney is.” Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter says Republicans “think lying is a virtue.”
Explicitly calling someone a “liar” is—or used to be—a serious and rare charge, in or out of politics. It’s a loaded word. It crosses a line. “Liar” suggests bad faith and conscious duplicity—a total, cynical falsity.
No, tell us how you really feel. But be careful not to Godwin yourself while doing it…. (Bolding mine as always)
The Obama campaign’s resurrection of “liar” as a political tool is odious because it has such a repellent pedigree. It dates to the sleazy world of fascist and totalitarian propaganda in the 1930s. It was part of the milieu of stooges, show trials and dupes. These were people willing to say anything to defeat their opposition. Denouncing people as liars was at the center of it. The idea was never to elevate political debate but to debauch it.
Oh, well. At least they aren’t being hypocrites about it or anything….
Ouch. But that’s just one example….
And his lying was entirely in character. Many politicians lie, but few match Bill Clinton (though Al Gore seems to be giving it the old college try) in the frequency or audacity of his lies. He is truly a master of prevarication — an “unusually good” liar, as Democratic Sen. Bob Kerry famously put it.
Even as a young man, Mr. Clinton was able to lie his way out of military service and then lie his way out of paying a political price for this in the conservative state of Arkansas. But even “good” liars sometimes get caught.
Oh. But Mitt Romney himself would never …..