As we await this morning the results of the nasty legal thoughts of the US Supreme assholes on the Affordable Care Act — a la ‘Obamacare’ — political verbiage is getting out of whack.
Plain ole lying has reached an artless art form. liar
Even forked-tongued master Sarah PalinÂ opened her yap this week in anticipation, regurgitating 2009’s Lie of the Year: “I stand by everything I wrote in that warning to my fellow Americans because what was true then is true now, and it will remain true as we hear what the Supreme Court has to say.”
Why are we not shocked?
(Illustration found here).
In the midst of trillions and trillions of dollars flowing into right-wing Super Pacs to blast the truth right out of the empty air, the bullshit on 2012’s campaign trail has apparently never seen such bald-faced, straight-in-your-face lying like nowadays.
The champ so far this year is Mitt Romney — lying on a medical scale — but the season is still young.
Romney, though, doesn’tÂ seem to give a shit: Back when he was mud-wrestling for right-wing sympathies during the bruising GOP primary season, Romney showed himself willing to say just about anything to any audience, no matter how inconsistent with his own prior views. But “opportunistic flexibility” (helpful euphemism there for the phrase that also means having the characteristics of rubbery beach footwear) isn’t the same thing as deception; with the former we know what he’s doing, and he knows that we know what he’s doing.
And he doesn’t seem to care cameras are rolling and people have memories, just take to task the Romney camp’s big blow-out against the Washington Post and it’s ‘outsourcing/off-shoring’ piece on Romney’s work at Bain Capital — more lying bullshit to cover up the lying bullshit.
TheÂ UK’s Guardian paints a horrible picture of Romney’s addiction to lying.
And if not medical, then worse :
Granted, presidential candidates are no strangers to disingenuous or overstated claims; it’s pretty much endemic to the business.
But Romney is doing something very different and far more pernicious.
Quite simply, the United States has never been witness to a presidential candidate, in modern American history, who lies as frequently, as flagrantly and as brazenly as Mitt Romney.
Now, in general, those of us in the pundit class are really not supposed to accuse politicians of lying â€“ they mislead, they embellish, they mischaracterize, etc.
Indeed, there is natural tendency for nominally objective reporters, in particular, to stay away from loaded terms such as lying.
Which is precisely why Romney’s repeated lies are so effective.
In fact, lying is really the only appropriate word to use here, because, well, Romney lies a lot.
But that’s a criticism you’re only likely to hear from partisans.
Then, there is the recent Romney nugget that the Obama administration passed Obamacare with the full knowledge that it “would slow down the economic recovery in this country” and that the White House “knew that before they passed it”.
It’s an argument so clearly spun from whole cloth that according to Jonathan Chait, the acerbic political columnist for New York Magazine, Romney is “Just Making Stuff Up Now”.
It’s reminiscent of the old line that a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.
In Romney’s case, his lies are regularly corrected by media sources, but usually, in some antiseptic fact-checking article, or by Democratic/liberal voices who can be dismissed for their “partisan bent”.
Meanwhile, splashed across the front page of newspapers is Romney saying “Obamacare will lead to a government take-over of healthcare”; “Obama went on an apology tour”; or “the stimulus didn’t create any jobs”.
Because, after all, it’s what the candidate said and reporters dutifully must transcribe it.
Pointing out that Romney is consistently not telling the truth thus risks simply falling into the category of the usual “he-said, she-said” of American politics.
For cynical reporters, the behavior is inevitably seen to be the way the political game is now played.
Rather than being viewed and ultimately exposed as examples of a pervasive pattern of falsehoods, Romney’s statements embed themselves in the normalized political narrative â€“ along with aggrieved Democrats complaining that Romney isn’t telling the truth.
Meanwhile, the lie sticks in the minds of voters.
As MSNBC’s Steve Benen told me: “Romney gets away with it because he and his team realize contemporary political journalism isn’t equipped to deal with a candidate who lies this much, about so many topics, so often.”
And, of course, in the current frame of bullshit lying, there’s also never been an outlet for it like Fox News.
Perfect companions in un-â€œtruthinessâ€.
And onto into Friday…ha!
It’s really Thursday.