The one truth that is patently obvious to anyone paying the least bit of attention to this race is that the campaign of Mitt Romney has zero concern for honesty. He is running on a platform that ignores his past, and he will say anything to get a vote.
The scope of this deception is massive. To understand the true depth of this, look at how Romney lies about the small stuff. Any two bit politician worth their salt can fudge the facts and figures to make their case, even if Romney has gone well beyond ”fudging” the big stuff. But look at how he can lie without conscience about the minuscule day to day events of his own life without blinking an eye to really get the measure of what an inveterate liar Romney is.
A good example of this is the story the Romney family have concocted about the way they decided Mitt should run for president. First let us establish the truth. Romney has been running for President since at least 2006, with a slight break following his defeat in the 2008 Republican primary. That break did not indicate Romney was done running for office. He continued paying his campaign staff and kept himself involved in national Republican politics by helping local candidates and visiting early primary states.
Frankly I feel silly even trying to explain how Romney has been running for President for the better part of a decade. Everyone just knows it. There is not some sense of mystery here, it is just obvious that Romney has wanted to be President and actively campaigned for the job for quite a long while before the 2008 election.
So what is my problem with the Romney family myth surrounding his decision to run for President in 2012? My problem is that the Romney’s are lying about how it was some painstaking decision and pretending that was not at all a forgone conclusion. Why are they lying about that? Because it is what they do, and the fact that they would do so in such a trivial matter is the true measure of how dishonest Mitt Romney really is.
Unfortunately for the Romney campaign, when you tell lies continuously it is hard to keep your story straight, so they have been caught telling 2 lies about what led him to run this time. Just to clarify this, they are not telling one story that is true and another that is a lie. They are just telling 2 flat out falsehoods about what motivated Mitt to run.
The lie told to the general public is that Ann was very reluctant for Mitt to get into the race:
“Four years ago I made a video tape,” Ann told Leno. “On the video tape, I looked into the camera and I said, ‘Mitt, this is for you, sweetheart. I’m never doing this again,’ I showed it to him and he looked at it and he said, ‘You know, Ann, you say that after ever pregnancy.’ Which is true.”
The lie told behind closed doors to big wig contributors is diametrically opposed to the public lie:
David, you mentioned Ann, and the fact that she insisted that I get in this race. That is the truth. I wanted to talk it over with her. And every time I’d say, ‘Let’s talk about the pros and cons,’ she’d say, ‘Talk to the hand, talk to the hand. We’re just doing this. We’ve got to do it.’ And so she absolutely insisted that I get in this because she was convinced that I was the only one that had the capacity to beat President Obama and then to get the country on the right track.
We have two different versions of the same event and both are patently ridiculous falsehoods which anyone with connected brain cells knows are not true. The thought that Romney was goaded into running by Ann or that Ann didn’t think he would run in 2012 is simply laughable.
Why would Romney tell a pointless lie twice over about the same minor subject matter? Because it is his nature to lie and that applies to every possible utterance which he thinks may have a bearing on if the audience likes him or not. The fact that he does it with such ease and in such small ways without the least sense of personal conscience is remarkable from my perspective.