Close followers of the presidential election on both sides know that Mitt Romney has waged a campaign of breathtaking mendacity. His Republican primary opponents and their supporters know it, having been deluged with truth-bending attacks and mischaracterizations during debates. And, of course, Romney is now lying constantly about both his own and Democratic policies.
Really Dave? You think Romney is dishonest?
Obama’s Great American Novel
Courtesy of David Maraniss’s new book, we now know that yet another key prop of Barack Obama’s identity is false: His Kenyan grandfather was not brutally tortured or even non-brutally detained by his British colonial masters. The composite gram’pa joins an ever-swelling cast of characters from Barack’s “memoir” who, to put it discreetly, differ somewhat in reality from their bit parts in the grand Obama narrative. The best friend at school portrayed in Obama’s autobiography as “a symbol of young blackness” was, in fact, half Japanese, and not a close friend. The white girlfriend he took to an off-Broadway play that prompted an angry post-show exchange about race never saw the play, dated Obama in an entirely different time zone, and had no such world-historically significant conversation with him. His Indonesian step-grandfather supposedly killed by Dutch soldiers during his people’s valiant struggle against colonialism met his actual demise when he “fell off a chair at his home while trying to hang drapes.”
But wait! There’s more!
What is this, eight Pinocchios in two days? Team Obama could go for the hat trick, but the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler gets the day off tomorrow. Yesterday’s tetra-Pinocchio-palooza involved Team O’s double-down on their Bain attacks by calling Romney a “corporate raider.” Today’s perfecto focuses on David Plouffe’s inability to get math correct in several talk-show appearances last Sunday, when the campaign advisor and surrogate tried to claim that Massachusetts created six government jobs for every private-sector job during Romney’s term, as well as some first-class political paranoia
I’m not vouching for Mitt’s honesty but with Obama and his surrogates the smart way to bet is to assume everything they say is a lie until proven otherwise.