Mitt Romney tells 533 lies in 30 weeks, Steve Benen documents them

It’s so much easier to be truthful…One would think that an allegedly devout Christian, regardless of denomination, would never prefer power above truth.

H/t: Don Babets

Patheos - Fred Clark

I’ve written about or linked to a great deal here “chronicling Mitt’s mendacity” — to borrow Steven Benen’s phrase.

Mitt Romney says many, many things that are not true. He says this despite being in possession of the correct facts of the matter.

Which is to say that Mitt Romney lies. A lot. He lies more than any other national candidate for office in my lifetime. And I was born before the Nixon administration.

This is documented. Proven. Validated, verified, demonstrated, catalogued and quantified. Mitt Romney lies.

Here are 30 — 30! — of Benen’s weekly “chronicling” posts. These are all backed up and sourced. These are not assertions, interpretations or allegations. These are facts, actual instances.

Over the past 30 weeks, Mitt Romney has told lie after lie after lie: IIIIIIIVVVI,VIIVIIIIXXXIXIIXIIIXIVXVXVIXVIIXVIIIXIXXXXXIXXII,XXIIIXXIVXXVXXVIXXVIIXXVIIIXXIXXXX.

Click those links. Read the lists. List after list of lie after lie. Hundreds of them — 533, to be exact, although Benen does not make any claim to providing a comprehensive chronicle.

This is unprecedented. “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Romney’s pollster, Neil Newhouse, said.

This has produced what James Fallows calls the “post-truth” age — a relentlessly dishonest onslaught of brazen falsehoods with which the media and the political system are struggling to cope. What do you do when every article, every “fact-check,” every arbiter denounces a lie and corrects it, but then a politician just keeps repeating it?

It’s remarkable to behold.

One of the weirder aspects of this for me is watching this unfold in the politically conservative culture of my evangelical world. The most partisan evangelical conservatives are also those most likely to rant against “relativism” and to trumpet their status as defenders of “absolute truth.” Those same folks will dismiss this post — and all 30 of Benen’s posts above — as mere partisan attacks without ever bothering to examine the 533 factual instances of Mitt’s mendacity, chronicled.

That’s the only cognitive defense they have, I guess. Jam fingers in ears and shout la-la-la-you’re-being-partisan!

Because, you see, the fact that Mitt Romney said something he knew to be false is apartisan fact. And the fact that he has done this at least 533 times in the past 30 weeks is also partisan.

I suppose the other approach for Romney defenders who cannot bear to face the fact of those 533 facts will be to angrily pore over all of Benen’s lists, reading each one with a lawyerly eye.

Have at it. Please. Cherry-pick. Spin. Split hairs. Hand-wave away whichever lies you wish as mere misdemeanors and not full-fledged felonies against honesty.

But how many of those charges do you think you can get dismissed? 10 percent? 20 percent? Maybe, if you’re that sort of person and you work really hard at it — if you’re willing to get even more pedantic and semantic and technical than even you are usually comfortable with — maybe you could half convince yourself that 50 percent of those lies somehow shouldn’t really count against Romney.

That still leaves more than 260 lies. That still leaves Mitt Romney as a convicted liar, 260 times over. And at that point you’ll have to join your friends with their fingers in their ears.

But you’ll still know.

Because everyone knows. Mitt Romney lies. A lot. That is what he doesThat is who he is.

And friend or foehe does not care if you know it.

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6 responses to “Mitt Romney tells 533 lies in 30 weeks, Steve Benen documents them

  1. The Dems had better jump on this kind of thing right quick – maybe a thirty second commercial featuring a sped up stream of clips of Romney making some of those statements with a voice over at the end calling them all lies and directing the viewer to a website detailing it all.

    Ryan, with a schoolboy face, told so many lies tonight I that I felt like sending him to the principal’s office. The Democrats, without delay, had been expose him as the liar he is. Otherwise, he could capture a lot of the youth vote simply because he’s young and cute

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    • I have this aversion to all things GOP lately. The lies are getting to me, plus the fact that they’ve been out to get Obama from Day One. They never had any intention of compromise with him. It’s either their way or no way and 2010 just solidified that position even more.

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      • Glad you got my point despite the typos. (I accidentally pressed the mouse prematurely, not realizing the arrow was on “post comment.”)

        But, yes, the Republicans have mastered and harnessed the power of lies. Scary stuff

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  2. Lies can be told when you have the crooked media in your pocket. Perhaps Disney will do a remake of Pinocchio with Mutt as the lead – “I’ve got no strings…”

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  3. Thing is…. It isn’t just the politicians telling the same lies over an over. I NEVER SEE the media calling out these lies. With few exceptions, they stay mum, which, in the mind of the dull masses means factually challenged politicians are telling the truth, or at least simply expressing a valid opinion.

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