Rachel Maddow does an excellent job in this segment of laying out the facts about Mitt Romney’s unprecedented use of deliberate dishonesty as a political tool — even after the dishonesty is exposed. There’s nothing new about politicians lying, but I’d argue that there is something new about the way Romney’s doing it; there’s a deep, calculated cynicism evident in the way he incessantly lies long after the lies are debunked. He’s aware that the Fox News-indoctrinated right wing base simply doesn’t care whether he’s telling the truth, as long as it feeds their anti-Obama rage addiction.
In fact, this element of the Republican Party has been so debased that they actually enjoy a smear more when they know it’s a lie, because they fantasize that they’re getting under liberals’ skins. That’s far more important to a wingnut than mere honesty.
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