"Fact checkers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs, and we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers," he said. The fact-checkers — whose institutional rise has been a feature of the cycle — have "jumped the shark," he added after the panel. - Romney pollster Neil Newhouse
Reason #1 I’ve tuned out politics this time around: the blatant disregard of facts. You have to give the Romney team credit for coming out and saying it, though.
There are no redeeming qualities about Mr. Romney, especially when it comes to truthiness. Politifact judged 43% of his statements to be Mostly False, False, or Pants on Fire False. (Obama came in at 27%.) Nearly 10% of Romney’s statements fall in the Pants on Fire category.
If you raise the standards a little to Mostly True and True categories, Romney scores 29% to Obama’s 46%. To put it another way, 71% of Romney’s statements are Half True or worse.
It’s really not surprising, given how fast he’s turned away from his more moderate past as governor of Massachusetts, his past as a private equity/venture capitalist (which requires a do-what-it-takes-to-make-a-profit attitude), and his frequent use of the racist dog whistle (birtherism, the full out welfare ad lie, etc.) See more on race and the election, here from Ezra Klein. And here, from Andrew Sullivan.
And if you want to know why Romney is doing it, look no further than the Ezra Klein article linked above:
Stephens-Davidowitz found that Obama had lost 3 percent to 5 percent of the popular vote compared to what you would have expected. Or as he put it, Obama’s race, gave “his opponent the equivalent of a home-state advantage countrywide.”
And that’s from 2008 against a fairly benign McCain campaign. Imagine if you could energize that sentiment? Well, it looks like Romney wants to see if the Southern Strategy still works.
I know you may not like Obama (that’s fine and no, of course I don’t think you’re racist), but how can you possibly like someone (Romney) who shows complete disregard for the truth, facts, and moderate leadership to get elected? Is that the kind of standard you want to set for the presidency?
I think the answer is obvious and that’s the reason this is my last political post of the election season.
Update: added a link from Andrew Sullivan above.
Update #2: Here’s a link to Ezra Klein’s post on Paul Ryan’s convention speech. Looks like Ryan fits in well with the Romney campaign.