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[ 28 ] October 9, 2012 |

I’d say this is a bull’s-eye:

For weeks many Beltway insiders had written off the Romney campaign as dead, saying the candidate had dug himself into too deep a hole with too little time to recover. However, with a month to go before ballots are cast, Romney has pulled even with President Obama, and the former Massachusetts governor credits his rejuvenated campaign to one, singular tactic: lying a lot.

“I’m lying a lot more, and my lies are far more egregious than they’ve ever been,” a smiling Romney told reporters while sitting in the back of his campaign bus, adding that when faced with a choice to either lie or tell the truth, he will more than likely lie. “It’s a strategy that works because when I lie, I’m essentially telling people what they want to hear, and people really like hearing things they want to hear. Even if they sort of know that nothing I’m saying is true.”

“It’s a freeing strategy, really, because I don’t have to worry about facts or being accurate or having any concrete positions of any kind,” Romney added.

Romney said he is telling at least 80 percent more lies now than he was two months ago. Buoyed by his strong debate performance, which by his own admission included 40 or 50 instances of lying in one 90-minute period, the candidate said he will continue to “just openly lie [his] ass off” until the Nov. 6 election.

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  1. Steve LaBonne says:

    If you read nothing but The Onion, you’ll be much better informed than someone who reads only the Washington Post. Just as if you watch only John Stewart, you’ll be much better informed than if you only watched CNN. When will the MSM get tired of being beclowned by clowns? (A rhetorical question, obviously.)

    • DrDick says:

      My thought exactly.

    • Joe says:

      I favor Colbert. Great guests too. Only Charlie Rose provides that level of diversity and intellectual weight. Justice Stevens seven minutes informed more than lots of articles on the topics he covered.

      • Waingro says:

        I’ve never been able to understand why people like Charlie Rose. He’s a horrendous interviewer and a chronic interrupter. He’s not even a tactical interrupter, like trying to throw off a filibustering politician. He’ll consistently interrupt a film director or musician whenever they’re about to say something interesting.

        The show itself has a good format, but Charlie Rose himself sucks.

        • Boudleaux says:

          I think everyone here loves him because he went to Duke?

        • Joe says:

          Guess they like the format and guests. I would just mute every time he talks. Maybe, it is best appreciated by deaf people who can just focus on what is said by the guest.

          • witless chum says:

            See also, Terri Gross. She seems to me to actively hinder the proceedings but I listen a lot because she gets great guests.

            • Willis says:

              Teeri Gross gets accused of throwing softballs during interviews. I think it’s more like cotton balls and it makes for a casual and honest interview. Guest never feel badgered and remain confortable knowing they will not be cornered. She may guide the interview but the guest is free to open up and get their point said without interuption.

        • AuRevoirGopher says:

          The only time I’ve liked Rose was when he treated Arne Duncan with a withering, almost angry contempt. The guy’s the sec. of education, and all he would do is endlessly repeat the most boring, banal, silly slogans. (All ending in the phrase ‘heart and soul.’)At some point Rose had had enough, and he started to repeat the dumb slogans back to Duncan before he could finish them,like a schoolyard taunt. I’ve never heard a major interviewer do anything quite like that and it was kinda sweet.

      • Hovercraft Full of Eels says:

        Once upon a time, Charlie Rose was a pretty decent interviewer. But he’s been either phoning it in, or has been drunk/hungover, for at least the last 15 years. His show is just as full of fatuous, self-serving pronouncements from inside-the-Beltway types as any of the awful Sunday-morning programs, and Rose himself seems most concerned these days not with informing his audience so much as with obsequiously fellating the wealthy and powerful.

    • Reilly says:

      When will the MSM get tired of being beclowned by clowns?

      Quick MSM, through the self-awareness escape hatch: Clowns aren’t objective. If we’re beclowned by clowns, we must be doing something right.

    • Snarki, child of Loki says:

      And if you only ready copies of the Weekly World News that were recovered from a dumpster, you’d be better informed than someone who only watched Fox News.

      Plus you’d know that the “shiny object” spotted by the Mars Curiosity probe is actually Elvis’ long-lost pinky-ring.

      • NonyNony says:

        And if you only ready copies of the Weekly World News that were recovered from a dumpster, you’d be better informed than someone who only watched Fox News.

        To be fair, if you live as an agoraphobic shut-in with no TV, Internet, or mail delivery, you’re ALSO going to be better informed that someone who only watches Fox News.

        • DrDick says:

          For that matter, if you are in a chronic vegetative state, or even if you are dead, you are better informed than that average Fox viewer. At least you do not believe things which are demonstrably untrue.

        • Sev says:

          Right. I was going to suggest getting in dumpster, closing lid, doing a month or two of dumpster ‘tanking’ would let you emerge able to bring the mentally all-Foxed-up contingent up to speed on current affairs.

  2. Semanticleo says:

    “Both sides do it” counting down 10, 9, 8, 7……………

  3. TT says:

    The guy really is a marvel. It takes a special kind of arrogance, sociopathy, and/or assholeness to lie while lying about your lies, then lie while lying about the lies you just lied about.

  4. Joshua says:

    Republicans don’t care about the truth, they care about winning. If they need to lie out their ass to get the base revved up, that is what they will do. By all accounts it seems to have worked.

    If anything, the base respects their candidates and politicians even more if they are unabashed liars.

    I’m also not surprised the media has started to see starbursts around Mittens. The media is made up of rich, well-connected jerks that will do fine no matter who is in office. They just want to be entertained, and the debate definitely made the race far more entertaining for rich, well-connected jerks.

  5. Davis X. Machina says:

    If anything, the base respects their candidates and politicians even more if they are unabashed liars.

    The Cult of Toughness, and the Church of the Savvy, together are the two biggest religions in Washington.

  6. Matt says:

    Just out of curiosity as a guy whose Google Reader queue is well out of control now, what is the best source of news out there?

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