Chameleon-In-Chief?

romney-chameleonLet’s face it, when you are debating someone who just completely lies every time he opens his mouth it can be difficult.

Mitt Romney told so many whoppers and shifted his position so many times last night that debating him had to be like parallel parking an 18 wheeler in a moving parking space.”

–John Cole (Balloon Juice)

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10 thoughts on “Chameleon-In-Chief?

  1. Oh if I only had stock in the companies that make Prilosec and Tums! You know the general population of the GOP is getting all sorts o’ heartburn from having to defend this guy.

    Like ol’ Rush said, “He may as well be Elmer Fudd as far as we’re concerned. We’re voting against Obama.” The party faithful will defend ANYTHING this guy says, even if they have to drink Malox first then hold their nose with one hand and cover their eyes with the other—dang, that still leaves the ears, doesn’t it?

  2. It’s easy to paint things with “broad brush strokes” and sound outraged and informed. I would be curious to hear the specific “lies” to which Mr. Cole refers. In fact I would appreciate knowing what they are so that I could use that information in making an informed decision on who deserves my vote. Isn’t that the way someone who has the public’s ear should perform his or her job?

  3. Here’s the funny thing. For every word I’ve read or heard about the lies Romney told in the debate, I can find just as many confirming that it was instead our president who misrepresented things. I’m not saying that to provoke you to defending either position. I just think it’s time we started ignoring all the pundits, talking heads, letters to the editor and yes, even bloggers. Everyone should rely on his/her own instincts rather than the latest bit of spin. Whether you believe it was God or Mother Nature or Evolution that brought us to our current state, the sad thing is we haven’t come very far. Even if the Bible is nothing more than morality tales from a long time ago, it’s interesting that one of the first stories in it warns us not to believe everything we hear. Eve trusted the serpent rather than her own instincts. Replace the serpent with the media and you’ve got a modern story.

    • Jane, thank you for sharing some sound wisdom. 🙂 I love your point that we should think for ourselves rather than rely upon biased media in forming our political opinions. Our decision-making information serves our nation best if it is based on sound research rather than media sound bites. Which is why it is important to dig deeply into each candidate’s past viewpoints and accompanying actions. I believe, rather than allowing the media to construct an image preferable to its corporate owners & financiers, it serves us citizens best to dig deeper, beyond the view of corporate ownership which now dictates our media, into the un- and under-reported facts which we would not know without investing the time & effort necessary to unearth details normally entrusted to an alleged “objective” media to reveal.

      • I agree. Fact checking is important, but check the facts yourself – don’t depend on someone else’s interpretation of the situation. Oftentimes if you stop and think about it, you can remember how things fell into place yourself and if not, there is a wealth of first hand resources out there that allow you to ignore the latest talking head. I also become wary when they start waving around a lot of numbers – whether that’s polling numbers, demographics or statistics. The numbers maybe absolute, but more often than not the numbers have been carefully selected to tell the story the candidate wants to promote. Often the same numbers can mean totally different things to different people. For instance, my husband might be horrified that I spent X dollars on shoes in any given month, but I might know that I ran into an incredible sale, bought shoes for not only this season but the next three, found the perfect birthday present for my little sister and bought a bunch of marked down sneakers to donate to a good cause. That puts a particularly different spin on things.

        • You make some really good points here, Jane. Especially about the interpretation of numbers & checking facts for ourselves. This is a component of solid research one should never veer from. The example you give about shoe-shopping (and, just btw, who can resist anecdotes involving shoe-shopping? Not I! 😉 ) is a wonderful “spin” analogy. 🙂

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