Richard Cohen at the Washington Post has a quite blunt feature today on Mitt Romney and the art of lying. My favorite part of the feature are the concluding sentences, which give you a nice succinct summary of what it takes to be a politician like Romney:
Business is business. It’s what you do. It is not who you are. Lying isn’t a sin. It’s a business plan.
Thanks to the flub by the Romney campaign, Romney himself is now the “etch-a-sketch” candidate, someone who will say anything to please, well, whoever he happens to be speaking to that day. If that includes outright lying to try to gain favor with the crowd du jour? No problem!! To hear Romney TALK during the GOP campaign, you’d have thought he were a staunch conservative from…Montana? Texas? You CERTAINLY wouldn’t get the truth…that he was actually a fairly progressive, quite moderate governor of Massachusetts. The etch-a-sketch candidate has built a false history of supposed conservatism, a history built on a bed of lies.
When he’s been attacked during the campaign, either about his outright lies or about some other aspect of his candidacy, time and time again, Romney’s strategy has been to briefly explain it away, then quickly counter and attack the accuser. The GOP in general has been under relentless attack for their stances on women’s rights and issues. Romney’s strategy to deal with it? To make up a complete lie, one so ridiculous you’d THINK you couldn’t say it with a straight face. Romney’s big attack in the last week has been that of job losses since the recession began, that “92.3% of them are women”. One thing Romney certainly excels at is not only lying, but the VERY selective use of misleading statistics to bolster his campaign.
It’s not like Romney is alone in terms of his abuse of the truth. Yesterday on the way home, on the radio I listened to what was a very shocking history for Rep. Darrell Issa, a very conservative House member from California who has led many attacks on Obama and Dems. The man is COMPLETE SCUM…with a history of legal issues. He’s been arrested for stealing cars. He COMPLETELY distorted his military record during his political campaigns. He committed insurance fraud by torching his business…right after QUADRUPLING his insurance, and putting all the truly valuable items in a fire-proof safe. He’s been arrested on weapons charging, after a gun, a tear-gas gun, and ammo for both were found in his car.
But yet Issa has been a GREAT business success, and is currently the richest member of Congress. A scum with a history like Issa has somehow managed to become a powerful CHAIR of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee!! Seriously!?!? A man with HIS history, in charge of a committee meant to reign in corruption in government?!?!?
THIS is what it evidently takes to become successful in America. You need to lie!! You NEED to be a cutthroat POS with no concern about ethics, your own personal honor, or the welfare of others. It’s certainly worked for Issa, and seemingly 90% of all politicians in Washington.
And it seems to be the path of choice for Romney. Just look at Romney’s etch-a-sketch campaign, his statements that wander all over the map, depending on which way the political winds are blowing that day. He’s the PERFECT presidential candidate, especially for a party like the GOP. What continually shocks me about American politics is how men like Issa or Romney manage to hoodwink people into voting for them.