"Mitt Romney's Lying Problem"
Matt Welch, Reason:
There are two main problems with this yawning chasm between Mitt’s flip and Romney’s flop. The first is that a president who continues to insist, despite the mounds of contrary evidence, that Romneycare is working well, is a president who will be likely to continue or exacerbate bad health care policies at the federal level. The second problem, which worries me more, is that a president who attains office by brazenly flouting the truth is even more likely than your average politician to govern in a dishonest and even illegal way.
On the face of it, running against President Barack Obama should be a no-brainer in 2012. To win, one would think, all a Republican candidate would need to do is say convincingly that “Unlike the incumbent, I won’t make the economy worse, I won’t keep spending us to the brink of fiscal catastrophe, and I won’t lie to you.” Yet even with an underhanded softball toss like that, the best that we can say for Romney is that he’s batting .333.
On spending, as Reason Associate Editor Peter Suderman keeps pointing out, Romney is running against cutting the three main engines of federal budget growth: Medicare, Social Security, and defense. As Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), the only candidate on stage in Las Vegas to propose anything like a real spending reduction plan, said last night, “I want to hear somebody up here willing to cut something. Something real.”
It is astonishing that after three full years of populist revolt against bipartisan big government, the best that the disloyal opposition can cough up is a telegenic B.S. artist who has the least credibility in the field when it comes to restraining, let alone cutting, the size of government. As tireless Tea Party obituarist David Frum nearly giggled last night, “I’m waiting for the Tea Party internal debate as to why it could not produce a credible presidential candidate.”
Typical of the GOP establishment to point to a failure they themselves are working desperately to insure — then blame those very people they are working to undermine for the fact of the undermining.
Giggle now, Frum. But the threat of a third party revolt is closer than you and your repulsive, flaccid, intellectually squishy cohort imagine.
And the offshoot won’t be a No Labels party, either.