Romney Campaign Sets New Bar for Political Dishonesty

Seriously, I know all politicians are liars.  In the past I’ve pointed out several broken promises, if not outright lies, from President Obama, and to be completely honest I doubt a politician could be completely honest with the electorate and still have a chance in hell of winning any office.  That being said, the Romney campaign seems to have set a new record.  Is there no lie too brazen to tell?  No position too closely held that it can not be changed for appearance?  Multiple Mitt has not only flip-flopped on a few issues.  He has not only lied about a few things.  He has done both so effectively that I do not believe it is possible for anyone but Mendacious Mitt to know his true views on most issues.  Which of his dozen or so stances on abortion, for example, does he actually subscribe to?  If elected, will we get the moderate Mitt of the recent weeks or the “severely” conservative Mitt of the primary season?  The “reach across the aisle” Mitt he claims he will be, or the “800 vetoes(707 of them overturned)” Mitt from his days as governor?  And most disturbingly (to me at least), how can the American electorate actually be considering making a man who refuses to be nailed down to any position President of the United States?

Now after so many lies from Mitt and his campaign, does this one actually surprise anyone?  From ThinkProgress:

Documents from a recent Romney poll watcher training obtained by ThinkProgress contain several misleading or untrue claims about the rights of Wisconsin voters. A source passed along the following packet of documents, which was distributed to volunteers at a Romney campaign training in Racine on October 25th. In total, eight such trainings were held across the state in the past two weeks and 17 since late September.

One blatant falsehood occurs on page 5 of the training packet, which informed poll watchers that any “person [who] has been convicted of treason, a felony, or bribery” isn’t eligible to vote. This is not true. Once a Wisconsin voter who has been convicted of a felony completes his or her sentence, that person is once again eligible to vote.

The training also encouraged volunteers to deceive election workers and the public about who they were associated with. On page 3 of the packet, Romney poll workers were instructed to hide their affiliation with the campaign and told to sign in at the polls as a “concerned citizen” instead. As Kristina Sesek, Romney’s legal counsel who just graduated from Marquette Law School last year, explained, “We’re going to have you sign in this election cycle as a ‘concerned citizen.’ We’re just trying to alleviate some of the animosity of being a Republican observer up front.”

And also from ThinkProgress:

A new ThinkProgress investigation has found that in Iowa, Romney poll watchers are being trained to watch for voters who show up without a photo ID, even though no voter ID law exists in the state.

In a training video for Romney poll watchers in Iowa, the narrator tells volunteers to be on the lookout for anytime “a voter fails to show a voter ID and they are still permitted to vote.” If that happens, he says, “alert the legal team so they can handle the problem.” The text of the campaign’s slide, however, says something contradictory, instructing volunteers when poll workers should check the voter’s ID. Despite the mixed messages, the slide ends with: “If an election worker is not checking photo ID, please call the legal hotline immediately.”

Win at all costs, baby.



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