For those who are watching the 2012 presidential race closely, Mitt Romney's penchant for falsehoods is hard to miss. Michael Cohen summarized the issue nicely this week in a piece for The Guardian:
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 -- 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.
If there are any lingering doubts about the accuracy of this observation, consider the 23rd installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt's mendacity. (I've been at this for several months now, and this week's list is the longest to date.)
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This election cycle the GOP has been quite a sight to behold -- a rotating list of front-runner candidates, seemingly endless debates that seem more like photo ops than actual discussion, and the eventual frontrunner who, when fact-checked, says more untrue things than anything else, who shaves people who are different, who dresses up like a cop to stop people and "enforce his viewpoint", who changes stance based on how the wind blows and will say ANYTHING to get a vote....
who "takes strength from the lessons of his [polygamist] family that went to Mexico" while arguing for Defense of Marriage, who argues against the auto Industry and then tries to take credit for it's success, who passes Healthcare legislation and argues about all the benefits it brought his state -- and then talks about how "destructive" it will be for the country although such discussions are often vague and nebulous... who discusses job growth he has and WILL generate with his budget even though the budget would require cuts across the board AND projects growth higher than when it was during the last economic boom...
and who finally offers solutions of "States..." and "Free Market" for how he would solve National problems that right now are difficult to solve: Meaning everyone is on their own.
All told in a giant web of mistruths and misrepresentations... and THIS is what a large number of people are excited about for the future?