Back in the late 80’s there was an ad campaign for Isuzu cars. The ads featured a character named “Joe Isuzu,” who was known for … well … lying.
I’m reminded of the character every time I watch Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan talk.
There’s an article in the recent Salon which points out a basic difference between the speeches at the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention:
There are other examples the fact checkers have looked at but the point is, while Republicans were widely condemned by fact checkers for the blatant lies repeated throughout their convention, Democrats were barely slapped on the wrist by fact checkers. This is not because the media has a bias toward Democrats but because, apparently, Democrats have a bias toward telling the truth
It’s not just at the RNC, though. It’s been a constant, unrepentant stream of blatant lies from the Romney campaign. Not “spinning the facts,” or “shading the truth,” but outright falsehoods. Romney and his surrogates have hit the point where I know they’re lying: Their lips move. It’s that bad. It’s not just me, it’s what virtually every fact checker in the media has seen. We expect that politicians will try to present things to portray them in their best light. It may not be “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” but there’s usually a kernel of truth buried (sometimes very buried) in there. Romney just lies, and takes it to levels that astonish even seasoned political reporters.
But here’s the thing about that. He’s also been remarkably … reticent … about any specifics in what he intends to do once in office. He’s even remarkably vague about general outlines of what he wants to accomplish, outside of “cut taxes for the wealthy” and “slash everything non-defense.” The basic gist of why he thinks people should elect him is “I know what I’m doing, I ran a big business,” which comes down to “trust me.”
The problem with that is that it’s remarkably hard to “trust” someone who lies constantly. He seems to have been taking a page from the old Joe Isuzu commercials, just without the scrolling “fact check” beneath him, or without the humor.