As we all know, lying is reprehensible, and lying so as to misrepresent your political opponents is the very nadir of douchebaggery.
All of which makes Mitt Romney by far the biggest douchebag on the American political scene today. Mitt Romney doesn't just fudge the truth here and there, or spin a few statistics, or cherry pick quotes out of context. No, Mitt openly and brazenly lies in the most groteque and obvious ways. Mitt Romney lies to the American public the way a four year old child lies to his parents about breaking a sibling's toy, which is to say, clumsily, flagrantly and with absolute disregard for the intelligence of his audience. He fools no one, but he keeps at it.
Drum takes a close look at some of this douchebag's more disastrous recent attempts to fool somebody, anybody without a working frontal lobe.
It's common to twist and distort and cherry pick. But Romney has flatly claimed that Obama said something that, in fact, a John McCain aide said. He's snipped out sentences from an Obama speech and spliced the two halves back together so nobody could tell what he did. Then he did it again to another Obama speech. And he unequivocally said that Obama plans to drop work requirements for welfare even though he's done nothing of the sort.
Romney is a legendary, world-class flip-flopper, and flip-flopping is a fairly douchebaggy thing to do. But this latest behavior from his campaign isn't flip flopping. Mitt Romney isn't turning his back on an earlier version of Mitt Romney, or pretending to hold different positions on issues depending on who his audience is. No, this is grand mal prevarication, an orgy of unabashed bald-faced lying we haven't seen on television since Baghdad Bob enlivened the closing hours of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Fact checkers rarely show a solid grasp of what a "fact" is, and assuming "checking" involves some kind of rigorous analytic evaluation process, they don't seem to do much of that either. It is nonetheless interesting that Politifact, an organization that generally bends over backwards to prove its nonpartisan bonafides by putting the kindest possible construction on Republican claims, places Mitt Romney at the top (or I guess bottom) of the list of lying politicians.
With 14 Pants-on-Fire ratings, and an impressive 43% of all of his rated statements ranked "Mostly False" or below, Mitt Romney is far and away the biggest liar tracked by that organization. Only Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are even in his league, and while word-salad wizard Sarah Palin pulls an even lower truth-to-sentence ratio than Romney, even she can't touch that magic number 14. Other liars or accused liars of note, like Barack Obama, Newt Gingrich, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Karl Rove, etc. would need a step ladder and a boost just to get a glimpse into the splendid walled garden of unmitigated bullcrap this man has erected about himself.
Mitt Romney is one lying douchebag.
So as we're reflecting on the nefariousness of lies and the douchebaggy politicians who propagate them, let's pause for a moment of awe before the king of them all, the undisputed champion of the easily-disproven lie, Willard Mitt Romney.