Mendacious Mitt

Steve Benen, formerly of Washington Monthly, in what must be a full-time job, has been keeping track of The Rominee's lies. It's an impressive list, and makes my attempts at keeping up seem amateurish at best. Here's only a few of his latest. At the bottom of the linked article are links to his past lists, which are many, and overwhelming.

1. Romney claimed this week that President Obama was saying success "is the result of government," not "hard-working people," when Obama said, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

That's as obvious a lie as Romney has told all year. It's not even close to what the president said.

2. Romney told CNBC's Larry Kudlow, in reference to last week's massacre, "There were, of course, very stringent laws which existed in Aurora, Colorado."

Actually, that's the opposite of the truth.

3. On a related note, Romney said "it was illegal" for the Aurora gunman to have his arsenal.

That's not true. The gunman in Aurora purchased his guns and ammunition legally.

4. Romney told donors this week that Ronald Reagan was so focused on the economy after taking office in 1981, he told his aides not to schedule any national security meetings in his first 100 days as president.

That's so ridiculously false it seemed to thoroughly annoy Republican media figures, including Bill Kristol and Marc Thiessen.

5. Romney told CNBC's Larry Kudlow, "I think the president made an error coming into office and deciding that the economy would take care of itself."

I don't know what planet Romney's on, but on this one, Obama came into office and immediately worked on a stimulus bill called the Recovery Act. Romney probably should have heard of it -- he's condemned it many times.

I read somewhere the other day a quote by a R strategist; it was after Mitt's European presidementia praecox tour. "Romney can't win," he said. "But Obama can lose." Therefrom ariseth the strategy: lie so much, so continuously and thoroughly, that people will stop trying to point it out (the media certainly have), and it'll stand. But it's unprecedented to have a candidate base his entire pitch on nothing else but lies about a sitting president. Afraid to commit to anything, or to reveal what little of the disastrous plans he has, Romney lets loose lies the way a malabsorber lets loose gas. And he's been gifted by the Foxorovians with an electorate fully softened into submission. The lies work. People actually believe Romney's blatant lies, and it speaks volumes about the state of our democracy.

If Mitt Romney wins, we'll deserve everything we get, awful as it'll be.

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